Today I’m delighted to reveal that I’ve been named as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

Every year CIPR announces new Fellows ‘in recognition of outstanding contributions and work in public relations, service to the Institute and personal achievements within the profession.’

CIPR_FellowI’m honoured to be in the list of 19 new Fellows and congratulate my new peers. Thank you very much to the people who nominated me and the committees who endorsed this recognition.

Stephen Waddington MCIPR, Chartered Practitioner, European Digital & Social Media Director at Ketchum & CIPR President 2014 said: “The new Fellows nomination process has brought forward an excellent series of candidates that have each made an exceptional contribution to the public relations profession. I look forward to working with all the Fellows through the remainder of this year as we formalise a community to enable them to share best practice and expertise with the wider profession.”

Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President Elect, said: “The new Fellows of the CIPR reflect the membership of the Institute, coming from a broad base of practice, age, gender and geography. I look forward to their ongoing contribution to the CIPR and to the industry.”

The CIPR says: “CIPR Fellows (FCIPR) play an important role in promoting professionalism and best practice in the field of public relations. They contribute to the Institute’s working groups, panels and consultations for the benefit of the industry as a whole.

“Our Fellows hold invaluable experience of PR, communications and business practice, and are able to provide a unique insight into the profession and the issues facing communicators around the UK.

“We consider nominations and grant awards twice-yearly in recognition of distinction in the public relations profession as defined by our Council. The unanimous decision of the FNC is required for approval of the nominee’s application.

Nominations require a primary proposer plus two additional proposers. All proposers must be Fellows or full members of the CIPR.

The new fellows are below, there are lots of familiar names on the list – particularly as I sit on the social media panel with Gem Griffiths and Stuart Bruce. Well done to everyone:

  • Alex Skinner FCIPR – A dedicated regional public relations practitioner and long-standing supporter of the CIPR in the Wessex, in various roles.
  • Annette Spencer FCIPR – Committed practitioner and voice for the professional in professional services, and leader through Council and chair of the CIPR Corporate and Financial group.
  • Christopher Love FCIPR – A strong regional voice for the CIPR, promoting professionalism in public relations in Northern Ireland as a practitioner and via the regional group.
  • Daniel Large FCIPR – A public relations thinker and doer, and active CIPR leader in public affairs, member engagement, and Council member.
  • David Hamilton FCIPR – Mentor, inspirational leader and outstanding practitioner, winner of 2014 IOD/CIPR PR Director of the Year award.
  • Gemma Griffiths FCIPR – Dedicated to professionalism and skills as a highly ambitious agency founder, a moderniser and co-chair of the Social Media panel
  • Gerald Bowey FCIPR – A voice and leader for the CIPR in the construction industry promoting professionalism in PR and long-standing supporter of CAPSIG.
  • Iain Anderson FCIPR – Public relations practitioner and leader in public affairs, and former Council member and chair of the Public Affairs group.
  • Keith Johnston FCIPR – Public relations practitioner and leader in public affairs, and former Council member and chair of the Public Affairs group.
  • Kevin Briscoe FCIPR – A voice and leader for the CIPR, promoting professionalism in public relations in Wessex as a practitioner and former chair of the regional group.
  • Laura Sutherland FCIPR – An energetic agency founder and committed CIPR leader through the Board, Council, and Scotland group.
  • Lesley Clark FCIPR – An advocate for professionalism in public relations via continuous learning, and various leadership roles in Scotland.
  • Lisa Shaddick FCIPR – A progressive agency founder with a long-standing commitment to the CIPR In a variety of leadership roles including the London group and Council.
  • Magnus Carter FCIPR – Mentor to fellow professionals, sought-after senior advisor and long-standing supporter of the CIPR in the South West of England.
  • Matt McKay FCIPR – A Chartered PR Practitioner committed to professionalism in public relations as a leader in various roles including the Marcom group and Council.
  • Rachel Miller FCIPR – A public relations writer, public speaker, practitioner and mentor, and active leader of the CIPR Inside and Social Media Panel.
  • Simon Thompson FCIPR – A senior public relations practitioner and voice for the professional in the accountancy sector, and committed CIPR leader as chair of the Corporate & Financial group.
  • Stuart Bruce FCIPR – International trainer, founding member of the CIPR Social Media Panel, public speaker and long-standing supporter of the CIPR in Yorkshire.
  • Vicki Davies FCIPR – An internal communications specialist and committed CIPR leader through various roles for the Inside and Midlands groups.

The CIPR awards Fellowship to its members twice each year. The deadline for the next round of nominations is in March 2015.

Thank you again, I’m delighted to be named a Fellow and look forward to helping the Institute shape its approach to internal communications and beyond.

As I’m currently planning my upcoming maternity leave, I have informed the Social Media Panel and the CIPR Inside panel of my intention to remain an active supporter of their good work, but will obviously have my hands somewhat full over the next year with my toddler and twins. This means I have formally stepped back from playing an active in-person role in them both. However, I very much hope to rejoin the committees once I return to work in late 2015.


First published on All Things IC blog 2 October 2014.

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