AGM held as CIPR publishes 2015 Integrated Report

More than 50 practitioners gathered at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) yesterday evening in Westminster for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations' (CIPR) AGM.

The AGM was preceded by the launch of the CIPR's second Integrated Report, which offers members and other stakeholders a compelling snapshot of the Institute's affairs. The report provides clear accountability on a range of non-financial indicators not covered in traditional financial reporting.

The meeting began with Chief Executive Alastair McCapra confirming that the CIPR is on strong financial footing, despite recording a loss in 2015 due to an unexpected fall in the uptake of qualifications. Full details of the CIPR's financial accounts, as well as the CIPR three-year strategic plan can be found on the CIPR website.

The CIPR announced an intention to relocate from its existing offices in Russell Square to a nearby location, as part of efforts to reduce the Institute's overall running costs and deliver maximum value for money for members.

Past-President Sarah Pinch Chart.PR, FCIPR reflected on the Institute's 2015 achievements, which included a policy drive on the gender pay gap and the relaunch of the Chartered Practitioner (Chart.PR) application process.

CIPR President Rob-Brown FCIPR pointed to the success of the new Influence magazine, launched in January and the CIPR’s continued drive to promote professionalism.

Rob Brown FCIPR, CIPR President, Managing Partner of Rule 5
Last year we improved the route to Chartered Practitioner status. In six months we’ve gone from just 52 to 130. Within a decade we’d like to be a truly chartered profession with at least half our members having qualified.

Rob Brown FCIPR, CIPR President, Managing Partner of Rule 5

Followng the AGM Isabel Hardman, Deputy Editor of The Spectator, gave an insightful account into the turbulent political affairs that have dominated the headlines in recent weeks. Read Influence Editor, Rob Smith's article on Isabel's talk here.

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).