Simon McVicker re-elected chair of CIPR Public Affairs
Simon McVicker MCIPR has been re-elected as the Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ (CIPR) Public Affairs (PA) Group for another twelve months. Simon was voted Chair of the Group for a second by fellow PA Group members, at the AGM held last night at Ellwood Atfield’s Art Gallery.
As Head of Public Affairs at PCG, the professional association for UK freelancers, contractors and consultants, Simon brings with him more than 25 years of experience of professional lobbying. Simon also has a strong understanding of the work undertaken by the CIPR having sat on the CIPR Council for the last year, a role he will now continue until 2014.
Other newly elected members of the Public Affairs Committee include:
- Vice-Chair: Jane Bowles MCIPR, Hy Consulting
- Vice-Chair: John Letizia MCIPR, Unum
- Secretary: Sarah McMonagle MCIPR, Federation of Master Builders
- Treasurer: Ben Stafford MCIPR, Cicero Consulting
- Membership Secretary: Christopher Calland MCIPR, PLMR
- Committee member: Simon Astley FCIPR, Balfour Beatty
- Committee member: Nusin Ergun MCIPR, Freelance
- Committee member: Stuart Holland MCIPR, College of Optometrists
- Committee member: Victoria Parker MCIPR, Insight Public Affairs
- Committee member: Deborah Powton FCIPR, Sam Weller Associates PR
The AGM was followed by a speech and Q&A with Tim Montgomerie, founder of ConservativeHome and Times columnist, who gave a frank review of the current state of the Conservative Party and the wider political landscape as he sees it.
Last year was an action-packed time for the group and we hope to continue to have a full programme of events in the coming year, along with several new initiatives for the benefit of our members. We have already launched a major new initiative in our new ‘Young Professionals Group’ which will give public affairs practitioners in their first 10 years a chance to hold meetings on topics that are relevant to them and reach out to a younger audience.
I want to thank all of the former committee members who have served CIPR Public Affairs extremely well, and I look forward to working with the newly elected committee members over the next year.
About the CIPR Groups
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is represented throughout the UK via our network of 14 regional groups and 11 sectoral groups. Each group runs a programme of events, seminars and networking opportunities and acts as a source of information for what is happening in the profession and the Institute. CIPR members are automatically linked to their local group on joining and are actively encouraged to participate in their region's activities.
About the CIPR Public Affairs Group (CIPR PA)
The Public Affairs Group is a specialist sectoral group of the CIPR. It is the third largest sector group within the CIPR's membership. Its members are communications professionals who have regular dealings with Government or the institutions of Government in its widest sense. The Group is strongly cross-party and does not seek to take partisan positions on political issues.
About the CIPR
Founded in 1948, the CIPR is the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK. With 10,000 members involved in all aspects of PR, 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, developing policies, representing its members and raising standards through education and training.