CIPR Group event series announced to support PR industry understand sector impact of COP26

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced a series of sector and region-specific climate change events to support practitioners in better understanding the issue of climate change and to explore the impact of COP26 on the public relations industry.

The 10 events - led by CIPR's Regional and Sector Groups - are open to all to attend and include panel discussions and presentations from expert speakers on a range of subjects.

CIPR Group Climate Change Events

Health Group Monday 22 November, 12 pm 
'Communicating Sustainability in Healthcare' with Jo Taylor (Seqirus /Healthcare Communications Association), Anne Coleman (NHS England), Hayley Carmichael (Care Without Carbon)

Not-for-Profit Group Wednesday 24 November, 12 pm 
'Communicating Sustainability as a Not-for-Profit Organisation' with Claire Rees (Comms/Media lead for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales)

Education and Skills Sector Group Monday 29 November, 12 pm 
'Climate Goals; are our Schools and Universities Aligned?' with Professor Andrew Charlton-Perez (Head of the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences. Reading University), Dr Kevin House (Education Futures Architect, Education in Motion), Jarred Bell – Principle (Consultant, Sustainability, Environmental Resources Management)

North West Group Tuesday 30 November, 9 am 
'Looking at our Future, Post-COP26' with Dr Geoff Mackey (BASF Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director), Michael Bennett (MD of specialist sustainability PR consultancy Pelican Communications), Sarah Calderbank (Assistant Head of Communications at the Lake District National Park)

Behavioural Insights Interest Group Tuesday 30 November, 6 pm 
'Behavioural Science in Managing the Response to Climate Change' with Dr Moira Nicolson (Cabinet Office Behavioural Sciences Team)

Crisis Communications Network Wednesday 1 December, 1 pm
'PR Professionals at the Cutting Edge of Communicating the Climate Change Crisis' with Paul Cahalan (Head of Communications at Chapman), Sharon Bleese (communications for Coastal Partnership East)

Internal Communications (Inside) Group Thursday 2 December, 12 pm 
'Sustainability, employee experience & engagement'

Public Affairs Group Wednesday 8 December, 6 pm
'Good COP, Bad COP: Was COP26 a success for the Johnson Government?' with Chris Hopkins (Associate Director, Comres Savanta), John Flesher (Head of International Programmes, Conservative Environment Network) Gill Morris (Chief Executive, DevoConnect & Secretariat, APPG on Net Zero), Jess Shankleman (Reporter, Bloomberg)

Local Public Services Group Monday 13 December, 12 pm
'Leading the Way on Climate Change in the Public Sector' with Dave Britton (Associate Director of Communications and Engagement, Met Office) Louise Morton (Communications Manager, Surrey County Council) Dominic Ridley-Moy (Behaviour Change Network)

Channel Islands Group Friday 17 December, 1 pm
'Insight into Jersey’s Carbon Neutral Roadmap' with Jane Burns


CIPR President, Mandy Pearse Chart PR, FCIPR
The climate crisis impacts us all but our professional response to it and the agreements reached at COP26 will differ depending on our organisations, clients, sectors, and where we are in the world. What we do know is, public relations has a responsibility to support organisations in communicating and reporting their green credentials and efforts to move towards more sustainable practices.

I want to thank all the volunteers who have worked to put this series of events together. The calibre of speakers is hugely impressive and the range of topics means there is something for all practitioners.
CIPR President, Mandy Pearse Chart PR, FCIPR

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas with nearly 10,000 members.

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).