CIPR Excellence Awards highlight thriving public relations profession

Unity collected the award for ‘Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy’ and Lisa Gutcher of Liquid PR was named ‘Outstanding Young Communicator’ at this year’s CIPR Excellence Awards dinner – a night that celebrated the fantastic achievements of the public relations profession over the last 12 months.

salt PR picked up two trophies over the course of the evening. Both awards were for their ‘Lifebuoy: Global Handwashing Day’ campaign which reaped trophies in two distinct categories – Corporate Responsibility and Healthcare. Other key winners were the Royal College of Nursing which was crowned ‘Outstanding In-house Public Relations Team’ and Judge & Howard for ‘Outstanding Small Consultancy’. There were a total of 28 Excellence Award winners announced across a whole host of categories – the full list can be viewed on the CIPR website.

The evening commenced with Lord Coe KBE being presented with the CIPR’s President’s Medal for his outstanding contribution to public relations surrounding the Olympics. Furthermore Emma Leech, University of Nottingham, was named the IoD and CIPR Public Relations Director of the Year – a joint award designed to recognise the vital role played by those who manage reputation.

Sally Sykes, President of the CIPR, said:

Sally Sykes, President of the CIPR
Winning a CIPR Excellence Award is the ultimate public relations accolade and I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all of this evening’s winners. The competition was fiercer than ever, producing exceptionally high quality entries – which are particularly impressive considering the economic challenges we continue to face. Tonight is a reminder of the contribution excellent public relations makes to business and growth.
Sally Sykes, President of the CIPR

The winners of this year’s Excellence Awards were announced at a black tie dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Monday 28 May. The event, which was attended by almost 800 public relations practitioners from across the profession, was hosted by CIPR President Sally Sykes, and the compère for the evening was British Olympic Medallist, Colin Jackson CBE. Other VIPs from the world of sports and athletics included Sharron Davies MBE, Mark Foster and Adrian Moorhouse OBE.

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).

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