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London,
06
December
2012

CIPR recognises first Welsh-speaking Chartered Public Relations Practitioner

Meilyr Ceredig MCIPR, Managing Director of FBA Group and Chair of Cyswllt (the Welsh language public relations society) has been announced by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) as the latest ‘Chartered Public Relations Practitioner’.

‘Chartered Public Relations Practitioner’ status, the gold standard of professionalism in public relations practice, was awarded to Meilyr after completing a rigorous assessment of his leadership, strategy, learning and innovation in communications; a comprehensive original piece of work; and a candidate interview, which together showcased Meilyr’s commitment to continuous learning and development.

It’s a great honour in becoming the first bilingual professional in Wales to receive this gold standard. Increasingly the requirements of effective communications in Wales requires a mix of techniques as well as languages in order to truly target the Welsh population and key opinion formers within the communities they work and live. This has become all the more important in recent years with the creation of the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Office and the need for effective bilingual public advice and support for clients operating in Wales has never been higher on the agenda.
Meilyr Ceredig MCIPR, Managing Director of FBA Group
As Cyswllt Chair, Meilyr has led the charge of effective bilingual public relations in Wales and I’m delighted that the Welsh public relations community can welcome our first bilingual Chartered Public Relations Practitioner, and only the second Chartered Public Relations Practitioner in Wales.
Val Bodden MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Cymru Wales
Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status sets the bar for future generations of public relations leaders, and is the gold standard award for the CIPR and the public relations profession. This status delivers parity with other business disciplines, and supports our Royal Charter obligation to promote, for the public benefit, high levels of skill, knowledge, competence, standards of practice and professional conduct.
Jane Wilson, CIPR CEO
Notes to editors

About Meilyr Ceredig

Meilyr Ceredig is Managing Director of FBA Group, with offices in both Cardiff and Aberystwyth and Chair of Cyswllt, the Welsh language public relations society. Starting at FBA in 2010, following heading the Grayling office in Wales, Meilyr provides bilingual communications support to clients throughout Wales and beyond. A first language Welsh speaker, over the years he has provided bilingual public relations, community engagement, events and wider marketing support for some of Wales’ leading private and public sector organisations - including BT, BBC, Land Securities, The Electoral Commission and the Welsh Government itself.

About Cyswllt

Cyswllt is a society for communications professionals operating bilingually (Welsh / English). It seeks to offer mentoring, training and networking opportunities for its members across the breadth of Wales.

About CIPR Cymru Wales

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations Cymru Wales group is for professional communicators in Wales. CIPR Cymru Wales members work across business, industry, public relations consultancies and in government, education, health and other public bodies. The group provides local learning and development opportunities for Welsh public relations professionals, as well as organising the national Cymru Wales PRide Awards, which recognise outstanding public relations campaigns and teams across the nation.

About the CIPR Chartered Public Relations Practitioner Programme

Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status is the highest professional standard awarded to members of the CIPR who have demonstrated an outstanding level of professional practice, knowledge, and a commitment to continuous learning and development.

This is demonstrated by a Statement of Experience; an original piece of work of between 3,000 and 4,000 words critically reflecting on an issue or subject drawn from the candidate’s own professional experience; and, at interview. Full membership and participation on the CIPR’s Continuous Professional Development scheme is mandatory for those wishing to apply and also to retain the status.

A full list of current CIPR Chartered Public Relations Practitioners can be found via the CIPR website.

About the CIPR

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK.  With more than 9,000 members, involved in all aspects of the public relations industry, it is the largest body of its type in Europe. The CIPR advances the public relations profession in the UK by making its members accountable through a code of conduct, representing its members, and raising standards through education and training. 

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