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IoIC’s events team came in for special praise from Steve Doswell in his last annual report as Institute chief executive.

Looking back on his time at the helm, he said: “In each of my five years as chief executive, I have been convinced that that year’s annual conference had topped the previous year’s event for the calibre of the line-up, freshness and originality of the content and delivery and for the quality of the overall delegate experience.

“It’s an exceptional feat to keep doing that year after year and the core team responsible for delivering such sustained high-quality and enjoyable conferences deserve to be named and acclaimed. So take a bow Helen Deverell, Nigel Legg, Suzanne Peck, Claudi Schneider, Brenda Scott and Justine Stevenson.”

Steve (pictured right) was speaking at the IoIC AGM immediately before this year’s main event, IoIC Live 2016 in Birmingham. He was succeeded at the annual meeting by new chief executive Jennifer Sproul (pictured below).

He also reported a £38,774 loss over the past year but said this was partly down to increasing headcount by recruiting Jennifer as head of commercial last summer. Steve added: “Given that we made this exceptional recruitment spend to build our core capability - not least in bringing us valuable new commercial skills (and by this helping to equip IoIC to fulfil our strategy for the next three years) and also in bringing our intended next chief executive onto the team - it must surely be right to see this as an investment in IoIC’s future strength and growth.”

His annual report also praised the strength of IoIC’s regional branches, the maintenance of high quality professional development (including the signing of an external accreditation agreement with Southampton Solent University) and the admission of two new IoIC Fellows.

Steve also he was “delighted” that the UK Government’s annual communication plan named IoIC for the contribution made to the current skills development drive for cross-government communication practitioners - a very large professional population.

Steve Doswell’s annual report can be read or downloaded in full here

The IoIC Financial Summary 2015 can be read or downloaded here
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