2015 CIPR Excellence Awards calls for entries with new categories and new Chairs of Judges

Entries are now open for the 2015 CIPR Excellence Awards, the public relations profession’s longest running and most prestigious awards scheme. The deadline for standard entries is Tuesday 24 February 2015 and for late entries, Tuesday 3 March 2015 (click on the date to add to your calendar).

This year, the 28-category list includes new campaign categories, ‘Arts, Culture or Sport’, ‘Diversity and Inclusion in Communications’ and ‘Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)’, as well as bringing the ‘CIPR and IoD Public Relations Director of the Year’ award into the competition.

There has been an expansion of team categories available to enter for public relations consultancies with the introduction of separate ‘Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy', ‘Outstanding Mid-Sized Public Relations Consultancy’, and ‘Outstanding Large Public Relations Consultancy’ awards – defined by annual fee income. The winners of each of these awards will then go into a special category to find the ‘Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy’.

This year’s Chairs of Judges will be Paul Mylrea Chart.PR FCIPR, Past CIPR President and Director of Communications at the University of Cambridge, and Sandra Macleod FCIPR, Founder and CEO of Mindful Reputation.

Paul and Sandra will preside over a team of over 90 judges from across public relations, marketing, business and the creative industries, who again will take a best practice approach to judging, paying particular attention to the use of measurement and evaluation, awarding a score of zero for the use of AVEs. Shortlisted entrants will also continue to be put through their paces across each of the 28 categories by being invited to panel interviews with expert category judges.

Paul Mylrea Chart.PR FCIPR, Past CIPR President and Director of Communications at the University of Cambridge
The CIPR Excellence Awards have a reputation as the most rigorous and prestigious awards in public relations, setting standards not only for practice in the UK, but across Europe and beyond. I look forward to working alongside Sandra and the CIPR team to ensure our judges identify the best strategic thinking, creative excellence, and outstanding execution in our industry today.
Paul Mylrea Chart.PR FCIPR, Past CIPR President and Director of Communications at the University of Cambridge

The 2014 CIPR Excellence Awards, held at Old Billingsgate, saw markettiers4dc and M&C Saatchi PR walk away with multiple awards. Edinburgh-based Stripe Communications, Manchester’s SkyParlour PR and BDO, the world's fifth largest accountancy and business advisory firm, were the winners of the evening’s most prestigious team awards. Sally Aston of Diabetes UK and Karen Tippett-Lehane MCIPR were highlighted for their individual expertise, earning the titles of ‘Outstanding Young Communicator’ and ‘Outstanding Freelance Practitioner’ awards respectively.

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).