This page provides an overview of the role and make-up of the IPA Council and the procedure and timings for this year’s elections.
Council is the governing body of the IPA, incorporated by Royal Charter. It is responsible for the overall direction of the IPA, and acts as its main policy-making body and debating forum for the key issues of the day.
As such, its members are typically C-Suite level agency leaders. Please see the list of current Council members.
Council is led by the President, who is responsible for running its meetings, aided by the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer. The Honorary Secretary also chairs the Membership Committee and the Honorary Treasurer the Finance Committee.
Council comprises 42 elected members – 30 in the corporate class and 12 in the personal class – plus six 'ex officio' members.
Elected members are chosen by their peers for a period of three years, after which they can either stand for re-election or resign. 'Ex officio' members are not elected but have the same rights and responsibilities as elected members.
Members are asked to attend and contribute to Council meetings – there are four, two-hour meetings held at the IPA each year, in March, June, September and December – while maintaining confidentiality.
Given the sensitive nature of some of the subjects that come up for discussion at Council meetings, members are asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement upon joining.
There are two electoral classes for Council: corporate (for directors or employees of member agencies) and personal (for Fellows or personal members).
Anyone who qualifies for both classes is entitled to stand in either but not both. The IPA would advise candidates to avoid standing against anyone from their own agency to maximise their chances of success.
The timetable for the 2023 elections is as follows:
Please contact Suzanne Livingstone at the IPA in the first instance at firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7201 8243.