Alan Milburn & Laurie Bell to speak as CIPR heads north for AGM & Conference


Newcastle upon Tyne will host the Chartered Institute of Public Relations' (CIPR) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the hotly-anticipated Northern Conference on 12 and 13 July respectively.

The AGM - which takes place at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle - features the former Chair of the Social Mobility Commission, Rt Hon Alan Milburn.

The ex Labour politician will reflect on his five years in the Cabinet, where he first served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and subsequently as Secretary of State for Health.

The AGM - which precedes the talk - is free to attend and offers members the opportunity to vote on matters impacting the Institute. Pre-registration is required - visit Eventbrite for further details.

The 2018 CIPR Northern Conference, organised by CIPR North East, with support from CIPR North West and CIPR Yorkshire and Lincolshire, returns the following day to explore PR: The Art and Science of Engagement.

This year's keynote speaker is Laurie Bell, Director of Communities and Communications, Wiltshire Council, who has led on communications and community engagement for the recovery of Salisbury, following the nerve agent attack on 4 March. Her responsibilities include liaising with local and national Government agencies to manage persistent national and international media interest, while reassuring residents and visitors that that Salisbury is safe and open.

The year's Conference - running from 10am to 4pm - features a range of breakout sessions and practical workshops, as well as panel debates and presentations on emerging technology. Further information, including details of the early-bird rate, are available on the website

Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President
It’s a real pleasure that the event this year will be held in my native North East in support of the Northern Conference and we are privileged to have the Rt Hon Alan Milburn attending. Social mobility is a key issue for the public relations industry and he will share his thoughts on how we can best address this.

With regards to the Northern Conference, my thanks go to the CIPR North East, North West and Yorkshire and Lincolnshire committees who have put together a superb agenda. I hope it will encourage those attending to it to stay on, have a great day and perhaps even make a weekend of it in Newcastle. 
Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President
CIPR North East Chair, Anne-Marie Lacey Chart.PR, MCIPR
Working together with our colleagues in the North West and Yorkshire & Lincolnshire, we’re delighted to be bringing back Northern Conference to the North East this summer.
Hot on the heels of the national AGM, the Northern Conference will focus on the theme of the art and science of engagement. Delegates can expect to hear from some of the biggest names in the industry about how data and creativity can work together in all facets of communications to reach strategic objectives. It’s not one to miss and I’d urge people to book their tickets before it’s too late.
CIPR North East Chair, Anne-Marie Lacey Chart.PR, MCIPR