New IoIC chief executive to take over at conference

Steve Doswell will take over as chief executive of the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) in May on the retirement of Kathie Jones.

Steve is a former chairman and education and accreditation director of the organisation, and he has been instrumental in the development of the Institute’s professional qualification programme.

He is also president of the European federation of internal communication associations (FEIEA).

Steve has provided independent consultancy on organisational communication and change management to a varied roster of clients including Rolls Royce plc and National Grid.  He previously worked in communication management roles, including a period as the Nationwide Building Society’s first internal communications manager.

Kathie Jones will be retiring after 12 years at the helm, firstly as secretary general and then as chief executive.  This was the culmination of a long-standing involvement, starting when she joined the then British Association of Industrial Editors in 1979 and leading on to periods as London chairman in the eighties and national chairman in the nineties.

One of her key achievements was to steer the organisation towards professional institute status in 2009.

She has also served as secretary general of FEIEA.

 The handover of responsibilities will take place on 12th May at the Institute’s annual conference in Bournemouth.

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