Richard Popple set to take reins as new president

Richard Popple MBE will take over the IMC presidency from Paul Lynch on 1 January 1999. Initially as chairman for the Midlands Region, he became involved in the work of Council in the development of the new assessment process for the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) qualification.

This work has been crucial in allowing the IMC to show that in opening its doors to all consultancy stakeholders, it is not devaluing its standards for practising consultants.

With Paul Brown, IMC professional registrar, Popple has put in place a structure whereby an individual must prove competence against the CMC standards by the submission of a professional record, an assignment study, client reference contacts and a presentation during the assessment interview.

Napier University is in the process of accrediting the CMC qualification and Popple’s work will now be passed to Brian Ing, IMC’s new vice president professional.

Popple aims to consolidate and publicise the new CMC process and initiate the next stage of a continuous change programme. Other key aims include IMC recognition as an Investor in People and mobilising all practising members as champions of the Institute.

His career includes commissioned service in the RAF Administrative Branch, senior HR posts in local government and a large consultancy project in the transport sector. Since 1986 he has worked as an independent consultant mostly within the professional and voluntary sectors.

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