15 candidates #getChartered at Chartership Assessment Day

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has welcomed 15 new Chartered Public Relations Practitioners (Chart.PR) after they successfully completed the first Chartership Assessment Day of 2016 held at CIPR HQ, London, on Monday 25 January. This follows the development of the Assessment Day after a successful pilot was held in November 2015.

The 15 new Chartered Public Relations Practitioners are:

  • Adam Riddell Chart.PR MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Channel Islands, Director at Crystal Public Relations

  • Chris Chilton Chart.PR MCIPR, Consultant at Orchard PR

  • Chris Holly Chart.PR MCIPR, Communications at UNICEF UK

  • Kim Vaughan Chart.PR MCIPR, Internal Communications Manager at AstraZeneca

  • Lindsey Collumbell Chart.PR MCIPR, CIPR Board Director, Independent PR Consultant at Bojangle Communications

  • Mandy Brooks Chart.PR MCIPR, Managing Director at Chaz Brooks Communications

  • Maria Tocher Chart.PR MCIPR, Events Manager at Food Standards Agency

  • Mark Mann Chart.PR MCIPR, Deputy Director and Head of External Communications at Barts Health NHS Trust

  • Matthew Hall Chart.PR MCIPR, Director at Mobius Communications

  • Michael Smith Chart.PR MCIPR, Internal Communications Manager at Anchor Trust

  • Rachel Moss Chart.PR MCIPR, Communications Manager at Wales Audit Office

  • Sarah Pinch Chart.PR FCIPR, CIPR Past President, Director at Pinch Point Communications

  • Simon Grier Chart.PR MCIPR, Communications Manager at General Optical Council

  • Steve Shepperson-Smith Chart.PR MCIPR, Senior Media Relations Manager at Vodafone

  • Wendy Raeside Chart.PR MCIPR, Communications Officer, University of Kent

Candidates were rigorously assessed on their skills, knowledge and competencies in ethics, strategy and leadership by a team of expert assessors, led by Emma Leech Found.Chart.PR FCIPR, Director of Marketing & Advancement at Loughborough University.

Emma Leech Found.Chart.PR FCIPR
The day was full of energy, challenge and professional debate. The commitment of both the candidates and the assessors was evident and the rigour of the new approach was widely welcomed. The candidates were of an extremely high calibre and it was a privilege to be involved.
Emma Leech Found.Chart.PR FCIPR

In September 2015, the CIPR amended the regulations governing Chart.PR status to open up the eligibility for CIPR members to #getChartered with the goal of increasing the number of Chartered professionals in public relations from approximately 50 (since its introduction in 2008) to more than 250 over the next 24 months.

Members (MCIPR), Fellows (FCIPR) and Honorary Fellows (Hon FCIPR) of the CIPR are eligible to attend a Chartership Assessment Day if they have completed one of the following:

  • three consecutive (or five non-consecutive) years of CIPR CPD
  • two (or four non-consecutive) years of CIPR CPD and hold a Masters degree or the CIPR Diploma.

Members can declare their interest in attending a Chartership Assessment Day in 2016 by emailing CIPR Director of Professional Development & Membership, Sukhjit Singh Grewal.

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).