30 years of IoIC membership

After more than 30 years of IoIC membership, you could say there’s a bit of a choice…

There’s the lively Board meetings where opposing ideas and thinking made for passionate discussion and debate. Hearing fantastic speakers like Alan Peaford, John Makin, Paul Brasington, Barry Isted, Steve Knight, and Bob Gooding among others, often resulted in change for the association at the right time.

There’s the fun times spent as part of the annual conference committee over 10 years. We organised great conferences and the camaraderie and teamwork built at the planning meetings as well as the wine-fuelled menu tastings made the volunteer time worth it!

There are the awards to IoIC Fellows. Seeing how people are developing their career, what they are achieving and delivering is inspiring.

There’s being asked to be Chairman for two terms of office, and now President.

There’s the breath of fresh air and energy that is Jennifer Sproul, our CEO who has ambitious plans for us for the coming years.

There’s the things I can’t share. Mostly to do with our celebrity award presenters over the years which often took on a farce-like, Python-esque, ridiculous element at times…
…but the stand-out for me is a story of friendships.

When I began working in-house in internal comms, I felt really isolated after coming from a busy newspaper newsroom. Joining the BAIE/CiB/IoIC gave me instant access to knowledgeable people keen to share their experience and advice. It gave me a community, the chance to learn, to network and meet people, as well as to be part of something with purpose.

And the friends and contacts I’ve made over the 30 years? I have friends for life I can talk to, ask for advice and share wine/gin with anytime; I made two of my best career moves thanks to them; I personally developed because of them; I work alongside friends in the paid-for job; and I met my husband!

IoIC – best value membership - ever!

Suzanne Peck
IoiC President 


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