IoIC has appointed Jennifer Sproul as chief executive-designate, and she will succeed current chief executive Steve Doswell at May’s annual general meeting.
Jennifer (pictured right) joined the Institute in August 2015 as head of commercial and Steve says: “It was our intention from the outset that whoever we appointed to this newly-created role would offer strong potential to step up to lead the Institute as chief executive.
“The rationale was – and remains – that the next phase in IoIC’s development would require an added commercial focus, without for one moment diluting our identity as a non-profit professional body that exists to develop IC practitioners and the fast-emerging IC profession as a whole.”
Prior to joining IoIC, Jennifer had worked for 12 years at the Market Research Society, most recently as business development and marketing director.
Steve (pictured below) adds: “In appointing her we knew that we had found an individual with impressive commercial skills, experience and acumen, and a deep understanding of the working environment and purpose of professional membership bodies which like IoIC exist to serve and develop the skills and professional standing of members.
“Since arriving at IoIC, Jennifer has got rapidly to grips with the specifics of her Commercial role and with the detailed workings of IoIC and has impressed the HQ team and the Board alike.”
Looking back on his own term leading the Institute, he says: “When I became chief executive in January 2011, I saw the role as a three-year change programme, one intended to enable IoIC to become in practice, behaviour and outlook the professional institute it had become in name and law less than one year earlier.
“In fact it has now been over five years and it is a good time for us all to start something new.
"I will stand down at this year’s annual general meeting on May 5, when Jennifer will drop the ‘-designate’ suffix from her title and become chief executive in her own right.
“I have been a member of this organisation for nearly 30 years and had been actively involved as a volunteer since the early 1990s before taking on my present role.
"IoIC is precious to me as it is for so many of our members. I was determined to hand over the stewardship to someone who would cherish it and who could also bring a renewed financial strength, to take IoIC further on its journey to become the universally acknowledged institute for internal communication in the UK and beyond.
“I have absolute confidence that Jennifer will be that person. She will work ably and with dedication for all members of IoIC and I hope you will join me in wishing her every success in her role as she steps up to lead our organisation.”