Ian T.A. Hawkins, ABC, Named Fellow – Brief Article
“I an is exactly the kind of person for whom the Fellow award exists,” says Norm Leaper, ABC, former president of IABC and principal, The Leaper Co., San Francisco. “He is the quintessential communicator, leader, thinker, organizer and roll-up-the-sleeves doer. His international communication involvement has gone far beyond his native Britain — from Brussels to Capetown, from Slovenia to New Orleans. The man has made major contributions to our profession and the association.”
Hawkins has more than 40 years of communication experience. He spent 10 years in mainstream journalism before moving into the field of business communication. He started as feature editor for the Electrical Times. He spent 10 years with British Petroleum as manager of internal communication. He later became publications manager for BP Oil, and later served as managing director of Broadstrood Press, a producer of internal communication for its clients. In 1980, Hawkins established his own consulting company, concentrating on print media for internal communication.
Hawkins has won numerous awards in recognition of his outstanding work. These include three IABC awards of excellence from the Europe/Africa region. He also has won two Gold Quill awards. In addition, he has won several BATE (British Association of Industrial Editors) awards.
He has spoken at IABC’s international conferences, served on the program committee for the 1998 New Orleans international conference and participated in accreditation roundtables at several other international conferences.
Because of his recognized expertise in the field of communication and its importance to an organization, Hawkins was invited to become a visiting senior tutor to the UK Industrial Society. He also is recognized as an outstanding speaker, and has authored numerous articles on various aspects of the communication profession.
The Fellow designation is the highest honor IABC bestows on a member.
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