When Nick Phillips was appointed as director-general of the IPA, a
Campaign profile quoted a leading agency boss who questioned its
necessity and relevance.
Yet out of what was once an "old boys' club", Phillips has built a
professional organisation that attracts talented people and which
high-calibre industry leaders such as Chris Powell, Peter Mead, John
Bartle and Rupert Howell have been happy to serve as president.
Phillips retires in the knowledge that he has left behind a body well
equipped to fight the industry's corner. Hamish Pringle, his successor,
has a solid platform from which to develop what must become an
increasingly pro-active IPA.