Ethical Business?

This month, anyone starting to plan and log their Continuous Professional Development through the Chartered Institute of Public Relations will have to complete a compulsory ethics section.  No one will be able to file their record without logging that section. The only way, to quote Stephen Waddington, is Ethics. I was pleased to speak to […]

Continuous Professional Development Update

On Thursday the Chartered Institute of Public Relations announced some great news, 1,611 members had completed their Continuous Professional Development returns (the deadline was 28th February 2015).  That is a 27% increase on last year.  It was indeed excellent news. But it is of course only part of the story.  We still have a long way […]

The state of my profession

Today the Chartered Institute of Public Relations has published its report, The State of the Profession. It makes for sobering reading.  I was, if I am honest, at a loss to know what to write in the introduction that would be positive. I commend it to you. But, what I am determined to do, is […]

CIPR President’s Reception Speech

Yesterday was an exceptional day.  I chaired my first Chartered Institute of Public Relations Council and Board meetings, hosted a President’s reception at the Institute of Directors, awarded the first two, of ten, Honorary Fellowships to mark the tenth anniversary of the Institute becoming a Chartered body, to Professor Anne Gregory and Stephen Waddington and […]

Wonder Woman

Rachel Miller sent me this in the post yesterday.  It arrived at a particularly pertinent moment. Yesterday morning had been dominated by a baby with an exceptional sneezing ability;  the breaking of my front door key in the lock;  a rather splendid but fraught visit to Waterbabies and the realisation (thank you Mr Locksmith) once […]


So, someone said to me yesterday, we haven’t seen you for a while.  Their eyes then followed my arms down to the pram in front of me and the four month old wearing a snuggly onesie. I have been on maternity leave for the last four months.  That is why you might not have seen […]

Looking forward to 2015

So, it is almost 2015 (well it is in New Zealand, where I am on holiday) and it will soon be the start of my year as President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. I am honoured, excited, organised (of course) and slightly daunted by the task ahead.  There is much to accomplish in 2015, […]

CIPR Elections: now on

Standing for election for the CIPR’s Council are more than 35 individuals; all motivated to put their names in the ring to represent members.     For the first time ever all the seats on the CIPR’s Council are open to votes;  and it’s from those individuals elected to Council that the membership of the […]

Gender inequality (*)

Today the CIPR has announced a whole host of measures to support women who are on maternity leave, about to go on maternity leave, or returning from maternity leave.  We believe we are the first professional body to do so in such a far reaching way. As President Elect, and co-chair of the Professional Development […]