Become a Fellow and help lead our industry

CIPR Fellows and why they receive the honour: My story I’ve been a volunteer for the CIPR for over eight years in various roles ranging from Chair of the CIPR Scotland group through to more recently, Board Director and Council member. My drive was around helping the industry progress, changing the attitude of business towards what …

New trustee appointments at iprovision

The CIPR benevolent fund, iprovision, has strengthened its board with the appointment of three new trustees  – Lizzie D’Angelo, Baroness ‘Olly’ Grender and James Harkness. Announcing the appointments, iprovision chair and former CIPR president Tony Bradley said: “A number of long-serving trustees reached the end of their term at Christmas, and after carrying out an …

Misleading online ads the tip of the iceberg

By Paul Owen, Account Director, KRPR   The decision to crackdown on websites that advertised misleading discounts on hotel rooms has been praised by a leading digital marketing agency, but they warn the scale of the issue is much larger. Experts at Fat Media say there are still major issues surrounding the use of backdoor online advertising …

What can the comms industry learn from the most romantic time of the year?

By Niki Wheeler, Director, Launch The windows of nearby Regent Street are bursting with hearts and flowers. E-alerts are flooding in-boxes with deals on branded fizz, perfume, lingerie and sparkle. Social feeds are also positively rose-tinted as influencers and mere mortals capture insta-friendly shop fronts and interiors. Yet, with a ‘calamitous start to the year for …

Comms Strategy: What Can We Learn From Brexit?

By Carolyn Lochhead Reflect on your day so far. Even if it’s early, you’ve probably handled many different issues. Perhaps you’ve coerced children out of bed, checked the day’s headlines or navigated busy traffic. You might have taken phone calls, chaired meetings or made decisions about priorities big and small. Comms people are busy, and it …

How to excel at account management

By Maud Davis, The CIPR’s State of the Profession Report 2018 identified management and business acumen as the two competency gaps in the public relations industry, so it’s no surprise that the job boards are full of vacancies for good account managers. So, what should those who are stepping up or into this role aspire …

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 …

How To: Do a Conference

By Niki Wheeler, Director, Launch, A conference is defined as ‘an event, sometimes lasting a few days, at which there is a group of talks on a particular subject, or a meeting in which especially business matters are discussed formally.’  Worth putting your OOO on for? I worked with a visionary ‘conference guru’ called Brendan …

CIPR House of Commons debate places PR at the heart of organisations

Tonight I had the privilege of representing the CIPR at a House of Commons Debating Group event. Chaired by The Rt Hon Lord McNally, we debated whether ‘Business best serves society by focusing on the bottom line.’ For the motion was Dr Jamie Whyte, research director at the Institute of Current Affairs and Valentina Kristensen, …