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”.
“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.