CIPR and IoD announce 2014 Director of the Year shortlist

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in partnership with the Institute of Directors (IoD) has today announced the shortlist for the annual CIPR IoD Director of the Year award.

The prestigious prize is awarded to exceptional practitioners who can demonstrate effectiveness, through examples, of managing and safeguarding the reputation of their organisation, either in times of crisis or a longer term reputational initiative.

The winner must demonstrate experience of advising the board, MD or Chairman, on reputational risk or other aspects of reputation management that have a significant impact on their organisation and its stakeholders.

This year’s shortlisted candidates are:

  • Liz Banks MCIPR, Director of Communications and Research for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation
  • David Hamilton MCIPR, Head of Public Relations and Engagement for Action for Children
  • Stuart Thomson MCIPR, Public Affairs Consultant for Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
  • Gill Webber MCIPR, Executive Director Communication and Outreach for the Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Nick Wright MCIPR, Director of Communications for BDO
Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President Elect
The CIPR IoD PR Director of the Year award is a very prestigious award. Following an exceptionally rigorous shortlisting process, my fellow judges and I are looking forward to interviewing the shortlisted candidates. The interviews will enable us to hear more about how these individuals are helping their organisations to put professional standards of communications and public relations at the heart of board decisions.
Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President Elect

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview with a panel of senior judges at the CIPR. The winner will be presented with the award at this year’s CIPR Excellence Awards ceremony on Tuesday 17 June at Old Billingsgate, London.

Past winners include Sarah Pinch FCIPREmma Leech FCIPR and Emma Gilpin-Jacobs MCIPR.

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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public relations (CIPR) is the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK. With over 10,000 members involved in all aspects of PR, it is the largest body of its type in Europe. The CIPR advances the public relations profession in the UK by making its members accountable through a code of conduct, developing policies, representing its members and raising standards through education and training.