CIPR announces six new Fellows and the 50th Chartered Public Relations Practitioner

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced six new Fellows in recognition of their outstanding work in public relations, service to the Institute and personal achievements within the profession.

The new Fellows are:

  • Lis Anderson FCIPR, Director at Ambitious
  • Alison Arnot FCIPR, Founding Director of Catalyst Communications and CIPR trainer
  • Val Bodden FCIPR, Senior Communications Manager at Royal Mail
  • Gary McKeown FCIPR, Communications Manager at Public Health Agency
  • Gill Morris FCIPR, Chief Executive at Connect Communications
  • David Sawyer FCIPR, Founder of Zude PR
Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President 2015
I am delighted to welcome these six CIPR members into fellowship. Many congratulations to each of them, who have all individually already made an exceptional contribution to the public relations profession. It is great to see new fellows from across the breadth of membership and from right across the UK.

I look forward to working them as we seek to develop this community of business leaders, to enable them to share best practice and expertise with the wider profession.
Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President 2015

Alongside this news, the Institute has also announced that Liam FitzPatrick FCIPR, Managing Partner at Working Communications Strategies, has been announced as the 50th Chartered Public Relations Practitioner (Chart.PR).

Chartered Public Relations Practitioner is a senior professional status awarded to members of the CIPR who can demonstrate an outstanding level of professional practice and knowledge, along with a commitment to continuous learning. This status was first awarded by the Institute in October 2009.

Assessors gave particular credit to Liam for his leadership, strategy, learning, innovation and his ethical practice, saying that Liam not only demonstrated “an understanding of ethics as a constant consideration of practice, but also how ethical dilemmas arise and his ability to advise and counsel clients and senior managers as to how to respond to them.”

Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President 2015
As a former CIPR board member and leading strategic communications consultant, it is fitting that someone of Liam’s stature is our milestone 50th Chartered Practitioner.

The CIPR is the driving force for professionalism in public relations and Chartered Status is public relations’ strongest validation of professional standards, comparable to colleagues in accountancy, engineering and the legal professions.

All of our Chartered Practitioners are individuals who deliver meaningful results for their clients, employers, stakeholders and work in the public interest. By aiming to become an Institute of Chartered Professionals, the CIPR is developing the roadmap to a stronger, better-equipped and more effective UK public relations industry.
Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President 2015
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).