4 questions for the new CIPR President, Emma Leech

Emma Leech, Director of Marketing and Advancement for ‎Loughborough University, kicked off her tenure as CIPR President this month. Emma joined the Institute back in 1996, became one of the first Accredited Practitioners in 2005, and a Fellow in 2009. She’s a Founding Chartered Practitioner and credits the CIPR for shaping her skills, but what …

3 ways PR pros can make a mark on business & society in 2019

These are uncertain times. You’d have been hard pressed to imagine we’d end the year in a more precarious climate than we entered it. Bourgeoning political uncertainty – coupled with volatile financial markets – means uncertainty will continue to be a prevalent theme in 2019 and beyond. But how can communications professionals make their mark …

Be the (online) change you want to see

In an absorbing online lecture, CIPR 2018 President’s Medal Award winner David Weinberger revisits the web’s founding values and reveals how technology can and cannot impact human behaviour. The full the lecture is available to view at the end of this post. Here, Koray Camgoz explores some of its key themes. This week marks the …

The CIPR’s youngest professional goal-scorer

Meet William Catterall. Alongside 2,200 PR professionals, he recently completed the 2017/18 CPD cycle*. The only difference? He’s 20 years old. Will works as a PR and digital marketing assistant for Outwrite in North Wales. “My role is really varied – I work on clients’ social media accounts, liaise with the media and focus on …

Is the internet disappointed in us?

The need for businesses to “be human” and communicate authentically might seem like basic concepts today but that wasn’t the case in 1999. Shortly before the turn of the millennium , The Cluetrain Manifesto, predicted this and much of what we know about the internet today. Co-authors David Weinberger, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls and Rick Levine …

Cambridge University: communicating excellence

King’s College Cambridge is one of the most recognisable sites in the world. Founded in 1441 by Henry VI, the building typifies the traditions of the world’s second-highest ranked university. But Cambridge is an institute of revolution, rather than tradition, according to the University’s Director of Communications. “Cambridge is probably the least traditional place I …

Meet a member: Hanna Smith MCIPR

Hanna Smith MCIPR works for the London Communications Agency (LCA) – the award-winning specialist consultancy focusing specifically on London and London issues. In our latest member Q&A, Hanna reveals what it’s like to work for the agency and shares her thoughts on the latest PR trends, including hyper-localism.  Position: Account Director Qualifications: BA History and …

‘Profit over people’ will ground Ryanair

By Koray Camgoz This week Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary admitted the airline “had messed it up” after announcing the cancellation of flights affecting more than 400,000 people. O’Leary’s initial response drew a mixed reaction from commentators but it was his comments days after at a shareholder meeting which reveal the depths of incompetence prevalent at ‘Europe’s …

Meet a member: Kim Regisford Chart.PR, MCIPR

London-based in-house communicator Kim Regisford Chart.PR, MCIPR has been a CIPR member since 2013. In our latest member Q&A, she shares her thoughts on strategic PR and the challenges facing modern practice, including Brexit. Name: Kim Regisford Position: Head of Public Relations Company: Atkins Qualifications/Accreditation: LLB, BSc, MA, Chart.PR What does public relations mean to …