CIPR announces governance changes

The Privy Council Office has approved changes to the CIPR’s Bylaws which allow several changes agreed by Board and Council earlier this year to proceed. The seal was applied to the order on 11 September.

The first change is that all gendered language has been removed from the Bylaws, which now use ‘they’ instead of ‘he’ throughout. The same change will shortly apply to the Institute’s Regulations.

The second change is that the Board of Directors increases in size from ten to eleven. This allows the Board of Directors to adopt rotating two-year terms, instead of the current one-year terms which apply at present. The role of Honorary Treasurer will also be replaced, in future, by a Chair of the Finance Committee.

These changes are intended to bring the Institute’s governance documents up to date and allow for more continuity among elected members in senior decision-making positions.

NB: The next time the CIPR seeks amendments to its charter, it will apply to remove the gender-specific language. The Bylaws and Regulations govern most of the detail of how the Institute is run; changes to a Royal Charter are made relatively rarely.

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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).