The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG) has appointed Russell Lownsbrough as its new chairman, at it's 36th AGM.\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to the organisation, the appointment at the meeting was \u201cuniversal approval by attendees\u201d. Wayne Meeten Danila Tarcinale were also appointed to its executive committee.\r\n\r\nAdditionally, the members attending the AGM were informed of the IPG's activities and the efforts of the committee. Most significant amongst these being the mentoring scheme recently set up with funding from the Goldsmith's Centre with the pilot currently in progress.\r\n\r\nThe Institute has also secured a range of discount deals with suppliers, which it says will \u201csignificantly [increase] member benefits, mainly thanks to the two new committee members\u201d.\r\n\r\nCommenting on his appointment, Lownsbrough said: \u201cIt's a great honour to accept this role in an organisation as prestigious as the IPG, especially at a very exciting time for time for us. We have a great mix of energy and experience in the executive at the moment.\r\n\r\n\u201cI look forward to helping steer the Institute into the future. We've had good membership growth over the last couple of years. We've vastly increased our engagement with social media and become much more outward looking.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe added: \u201cWe're also looking at extending our range social events, which will provide great networking opportunities. Our website, www.ipgoldsmiths.com, now features an updated search function allowing searches by name, region or skill.\u201d\r\n\r\nIPG is an organisation that promotes and supports craftspeople of the \u201chighest calibre\u201d, who produce only the \u201cfinest workmanship\u201d.