CIPR Diversity Working Group elects Catherine Grinyer as new Chair
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.
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.
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.
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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).