New President for IBP

With the promotion of Adrian Barrick to the post of Publishing Director of The Builder Group IBP is to have a new President. Aaron Morby, Editor of Construction News, is to take up the post at the Annual General Meeting in June.

Adrian has made a significant contribution to the development of future growth plans for IBP during his three-year term of office and has provided valuable advice and guidance to the organisation, not least on the continued development of the IBP Journalism Awards Scheme. He has also regularly taken part in key events such as the Editors’ Forum and Question Time so the thanks of all members are due to him for the time and effort he has given to IBP.

Aaron Morby has been a member of the IBP Executive for the past four years and has played an active role in the debate to develop events and policies designed to appeal to the broad base of the membership and take IBP forward. Commenting to update Aaron said: “I am very pleased to be taking over the Presidency at this time when IBP is broadening its appeal and communication links across our Industry. I am particularly supportive of the new Magazine of the Year Award, for in house and membership publications, which provides the basis to recognise and encourage the good writing and design, that has emerged in corporate magazines in recent years. I look forward to presenting the first Award at the IBP Summer Dinner on the 8th July – see you there!”

Another year of progress for IBP in 2004

This year looks set to mark another year of important progress for IBP. Significant new developments are inthe pipeline both on membership services and in terms of IBP social and business events.

On membership services IBP will be devoting time andresources in the first half of the year towards the development of a Freelance Journalists‘ Directory to form part of the IBP website. Freelance journalists within the construction industry are being invited to supply core information on their areas ofexpertise, their client lists and their rates of charging forservices. This information will be incorporated into the website in directory form but, unlike the previous printed membership directory, the freelance directory is intended to be available – completely free of charge – to anyone visiting the website who is looking for freelance journalists‘ services.