CIPR Diversity Working Group elects Catherine Grinyer as new Chair

Catherine Grinyer MCIPR has been elected as the new Chair of the CIPR's Diversity Working Group (DWG).

The DWG is an advisory panel that helps to inform the CIPR's diversity strategy. Recent work includes Future Perspectives, a study of 16-18 year olds’ perceptions of Public Relations, and the CIPR/PRCA Guide to Careers in Public Relations.

Catherine is Director of Big Voice, a specialist inclusive communications consultancy. Before setting up Big Voice, Catherine was Director of Communications at the Business Disability Forum.

Catherine has written a skills guide for CIPR members on how to ensure communications are produced in an inclusive way. She is also a member of the PRCA Diversity Network.

Catherine replaces Cornelius Alexander FCIPR Chartered Practitioner, who has served as Chair of the Group since 2010.

Cornelius Alexander FCIPR, Chartered Practitioner
Since its inception, the Diversity Working Group has met the challenges which have come its way head on, with the strong belief that what it was doing would prove of great benefit to the PR industry. After a tremendous 2013, I feel the time is right to step down as Chair. In Catherine, we have someone who brings a wealth of experience and drive to the role. I can't wait for 2014 to begin.
Cornelius Alexander FCIPR, Chartered Practitioner
Catherine Grinyer MCIPR, Chair of the CIPR Diversity Working Group
The CIPR's diversity working group has been campaigning for greater diversity and inclusion in our profession under the tireless stewardship of Cornelius Alexander. Thanks to his efforts, diversity is now firmly on the CIPR's agenda and I am greatly looking forward to taking the group forward when I become Chair in January.

Our priorities will remain the same: to continue to develop an inclusive culture at the CIPR, to raise awareness of diversity and inclusion issues within the public relations industry and to increase the number of public relations practitioners from all backgrounds.
Catherine Grinyer MCIPR, Chair of the CIPR Diversity Working Group
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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.