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Former IPA staff member Mike St. Aubyn dies

The IPA is saddened to hear about the passing of Mike St. Aubyn on 28th January 2014.


His former co-worker, Philip Circus, said:

“Mike joined the IPA in 1973 and I first met him when I joined in 1977. In those days, the structure of the Secretariat was a Director, James O’Connor, and a Secretary, Bill Metson, with the latter being supported by two assistant Secretaries. Mike was Assistant Secretary (Training) and I was Assistant Secretary (Legal).

Mike had previously been an ordained Catholic Priest and he joined the IPA very much because of a similar background to the then Director, James O’Connor who had previously been a monk. The Catholic influence was strong in those days as evidenced by a long standing IPA publication which explored the Pope’s views on advertising.

Mike, in his role as head of training, was largely responsible for the development of the IPA’s own training and educational schemes – a development which led, eventually, in 1984, to the IPA withdrawing from CAM – the Communications, Advertising and Marketing Foundation which had previously been supported as an industry wide training organisation for the marketing world since its creation in the 1960’s.

Mike was particularly good at persuading a number of very senior people in the business to support a separate IPA training agenda.

At a personal level, Mike was helpfulness personified and he did much to assist me as a newcomer to find my way round the building, the organisation and the industry.

Mike left in 1983 and went on to work for a firm of accountants. Many years, indeed decades, have passed since then, but those who worked with him during those years will remember him with great affection.”

Mike’s funeral will take place on Friday 21st February from 10.30am, at Westminster Cathedral, followed by refreshments in the Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Ave. The burial will take place at New Southgate Cemetery at approximately 2.30pm.

Friends and neighbours who live in or near north London may wish to attend the burial only – this would be welcome as many of the congregation may not be able to attend the burial.

Donations to Metropolitan Police Benevolent Fund / floral tributes to:
JH Kenyon,
74 Rochester Row
London SW1P 1JU

Last updated 18/02/2014

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