CIPR and CIM join forces for House of Commons event


The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) are joining forces for an event in the House of Commons on the evening of March 30 to debate the future of their respective professions.

Debating at the event will be:

  • Mark Logan MP for Bolton North East 
  • Jenni Field, CIPR 2020 President and Director of Redefining Communications
  • Dr David LeslieEthics Theme Lead at The Alan Turing Institute
  • Katie Kingmember of the UK Government All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) task force for the enterprise adoption of AI and author of 'Using Artificial Intelligence in Marketing: How to Harness AI and Maintain the Competitive Edge'

The debate will be chaired by Dame Cheryl Gillan DBE MP.

The debate - 'A lack of professionalism poses a greater threat to marketing and PR than AI' - will explore the value of Chartership, membership of professional bodies, qualifications and CPD as the key to future-proofing ones career as well as the impact of new technologies on professional services.

Attendees will have the opportunity to contribute to the debate with comments from the floor encouraged before the decision is put to a vote.

Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive
I would encourage members of both bodies to join us at this debate. It's a timely topic and a great chance to bring our two institutes together to discuss and better understand the risks and opportunities associated with new technologies with this excellent panel. 

Importantly, it's crucial that the professions work together to promote the value of what we offer in the face of rapid change. I'm looking forward to a lively debate - I hope you're able to join us.
Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive
Chris Daly, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Marketing
It’s never been more important to demonstrate clear collaboration in such a rapidly changing landscape, and this debate does just that. When faced with the continuous surge of technology, it has never been more important to demonstrate clear professionalism that both bodies represent, and I am very much looking forward to this debate.

The line-up of speakers is excellent and will ensure the discussion is passionate and truly memorable. Our last debate sold out within 24 hours and I am sure this one will be as popular. I would urge members of both bodies to register for tickets as soon as they can to avoid disappointment.
Chris Daly, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Marketing

The event is run by the Debating Group who have been holding debates in the House of Commons since 1975. 

Admission to debates is by invitation only. For an invitation ticket - which costs £25 - contact:

The debate will begin at 6pm. For more information visit the Debating Group website.

Space is limited and this event is likely to prove popular so it is strongly it advised you secure a ticket as soon as possible.

Attendance is worth 5 CIPR CPD points.

Please note the charge for invitation is made in order to defray administrative expenses and is not a charge for admission to the House of Commons.


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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas with nearly 10,000 members.

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).