At midnight on Wednesday 15 November 2017, four candidates had offered their names in nomination for the 2018 MIPAA Board of Directors (Executive Committee). With four available positions, these members are duly appointed by acclamation to take office in January 2018.
With congratulations, the four appointed members are:
- Craig Cheetham, Director, Newspress Creative.
- Mark Harrison, Automotive Business and PR consultant, P12 Communications.
- Sara Robinson, Senior Press Officer, Kia Motors UK.
- Gavin Ward, Media Relations Manager, BMW Group UK.
The positions of Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Membership Director and Finance Director will be determined by the Board at its first meeting in January 2018. The existing EC members remain as directors until that date. Kim Palmer (Public Relations Manager, Land Rover UK) and Peter Rawlinson (CEO, PFPR Communications) did not stand for re-election and are thanked warmly for their time as MIPAA Limited Board directors.
Next year marks fifty years since the foundation of the original Spoke ‘n’ Wheel group that became MIPAA Limited in 2006. A range of activities is being developed to celebrate the achievements and future of public relations and professional communications in the motor industry.
All members – including student associate members – are invited to put themselves forward to be selected to join the Operating Committee (OC), which will support the Executive Committee (EC) in planning and executing the 50th anniversary programme.
The date by which they need to do this is 31 December 2017 after which the new EC will select up to five members from those proposed to join the team. Anyone interested should get in touch with the General Secretary (and ex-officio director), Heather Yaxley for further details.
If you’re thinking of applying to join the OC, read the views of previous MIPAA directors:
Mike Orford, Head of Press and Public Relations, Volkswagen UK and MIPAA Chairman (2011-2015)
“I have really valued my time on the MIPAA Executive Committee, particularly as Chairman. Leading the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association is not only a honour, but also highly rewarding. Being on the EC has enabled me to help shape the activities, outlook and direction of this great organisation, and also helped with my personal development – for example, chairing Q&A sessions, speaking at the Guild Dinner, building contacts, hosting AGMs and acting as a mentor to industry newcomers. I would encourage every MIPAA member to get involved at some point. I am convinced it has been a hugely important factor in my career development.”
Gabi Whitfield, Global Public Relations Director at Land Rover and former MIPAA Ltd Chairman says:
“My five years on the MIPAA committee (2006 – 2011) included two as Chairman. I can still remember getting the call from the lovely Gethin Bradley to encourage me to stand for election. I also remember thinking of all the reasons not to do it….too busy, how will I find the time, other priorities…..but I am so glad I ignored all of these reasons and got involved. Being part of the MIPAA Committee was a key part of my professional growth and helped grow my confidence and industry standing in so many ways. From introducing AGMs, working with new PR recruits on training courses, networking with other industry professionals right through to getting to know and debate with other like-minded PR colleagues, my MIPAA experience proved invaluable. I would absolutely encourage anyone looking to grow their experience and professional network to simply get involved.
Al Clark, Consultant, MIPAA Life President and former chairman says:
“If you are prepared to share your ideas, commit some time and step into the spotlight – MIPAA needs you and you’ll join a committed and vibrant team, working to help others. There’s no guarantee that it will help your career, but then it hasn’t prevented talented executives in the past from making rapid progress! And it’s never too early to learn how to be a company director.”
Edmund King, AA president, and a former MIPAA Chairman says: “Being chairman of MIPAA probably helped me more than I helped the motor industry. It gave me a platform to spread some of my campaigning ideas, to meet some very influential people and to have great fun along the way. It is not a massive commitment but can repay you with some massive benefits. If you are thinking about standing; just do it and I promise you wouldn’t regret it.”
What do the Board of Directors (Executive Committee/EC) and the Operating Committee (OC) do?
In accordance with the company’s Articles of Association, four directors are appointed from those who put themselves forward to stand.
These elected members form the Board of Directors and become legal directors of MIPAA Limited (a not for profit company limited by guarantee), supported by Heather Yaxley who is director ex-officio as General Secretary.
The new Executive Committee takes office from the first board meeting in January, at which its members determine who will take on the roles of Chairman, Deputy, Finance and Membership directors.
The EC meets four times a year and individual directors in their agreed roles take on specific responsibilities. The Chairman looks after wider reputation and stakeholder matters, the deputy looks after professional development/communications with membership and finance directors focusing on these particular areas. These duties are fulfilled with the support of the General Secretary.
What does being a Director of MIPAA Limited involve?
In accordance with the company’s Articles of Association, MIPAA members elect four directors from those who put themselves forward to stand.
The appointed directors take office from the first board meeting in January, at which they determine who will take on the roles of Chairman, Deputy, Finance and Membership directors.
The elected members form the Executive Committee and become legal directors of MIPAA Limited (a not for profit company limited by guarantee).
The EC meets four times a year and individual directors in their agreed roles take on specific responsibilities. The Chairman looks after wider reputation and stakeholder matters, the deputy looks after professional development and communications with membership and finance directors focusing on their particular areas of responsibility. These duties are fulfilled with the support of Heather Yaxley who is a director ex-officio as General Secretary.
The directors are supported by an Operating Committee (comprising members who put themselves forward as detailed above, plus other appointed members). The OC helps with planning and executing the activities and other initiatives developed for members throughout the year under the guidance of the EC.
Each of the Directors is able to put together a small team within the OC to work with to achieve the goals/objectives that are agreed for the year. Those who stand for the EC but aren’t successfully elected are normally invited to join the OC.