business support, public relations

New chair for PR Institute

JULIE McGarvey of Glasgow consultancy 3×1 has taken over as chair of the Institute of Public Relations in Scotland.

She replaces Jane Cumming, who bowed out after a busy year in the voluntary post.

Julie was elected to the top job at the Institute’s Scottish AGM in Edinburgh last night (Thursday). John Brown, head of public relations and marketing at Glasgow City Council, was elected vice-chair.

News of the appointments came as it was revealed that the IPR in Scotland had increased its membership from 540 members a year ago to more than 600.

It is now one of the largest IPR regional groups outside London and the home counties.

Julie said one of her first aims was to forge closer links with other business organisations and “increase understanding” of PR being more than media relations.

She said: “I am honoured to represent the IPR Scotland and aim to increase involvement in training and CPD (continuous professional development) among our members.

“I also want to ensure that they continue to receive value for money through an interesting cross-sectoral programme of events.”

The two other office bearers in Scotland remain unchanged. Linda Bruce of Edinburgh’s PR Squared continues as IPR Scotland secretary and Francoise Van Buuren of the National Trust for Scotland is treasurer.

The AGM also appointed sectoral representatives from across the industry. They are:

• Consultancy – Kathryn Wyllie, Great Circle Communications
• Independent practitioners – Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store
• Government/public sector/education – Alyson Mitchell, The Scottish Executive
• Private/in-house – Hilda Wright, Standard Life Investments
• Local government/health – Emma Gregory, North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust

Three additional committee members were also elected. They are: Susan Brooks, Benchmark Media; Ann Kirkhope, Citigate SMARTS and Jenifer Stirton, Lothian NHS Board.

The committee will also work with co-opted members: Angus Macleod MIPR, Standard Life Bank;
Ewan Mathieson MIPR, University of Aberdeen; Paula McNulty MIPR, Napier University; and David Sawyer AMIPR/Jacquie Lennie AMIPR, Weber Shandwick (job sharing in a six-month pilot).

The Institute of Public Relations has over 7,000 members, involved in all aspects of the public relations industry. It is the largest professional body of its type in Europe, with rigorous qualifications for membership. For more information on the IPR in Scotland, log onto:

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