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Patton appointed to top role at IAP2

Internet Australia chief Laurie Patton is to take over as chief executive of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) in Australasia after announcing his impending departure from IA.

IAP2 said on Wednesday that Patton would take up the role in March, with IAP2 Australasia chair Leanne Hartill saying that he brings extensive experience in building organisations and leading change.

“His media and communication skills are particularly suited to raising the profile of IAP2 and the contributions of its members,” Hartill said.

Patton said IAP2 highlighted the importance of “increased public participation in all the decision making processes that affect us”.

"At a time when we're seeing unprecedented levels of infrastructure spending and disturbing losses of the public’s trust of our elected officials, the work of IAP2 and its members is crucial.

“More than ever before, skilled advocacy and effective representation of peoples' interests is essential in order to ensure optimal outcomes based on well managed public participation."

Patton announced he was moving on from IA recently, having led the organisation through a broad-ranging revitalisation process and spearheaded its advocacy for a “21st century national broadband network”.

Elected a member of the IA board this week, Patton has also agreed to continue on in unpaid advisory role providing advice to IA on government relations and chairing a new marketing committee.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).