CIPR launches 'Progress' - free mentor scheme for members


The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has launched a new, free member mentoring scheme, Progress.

Launching with 48 mentors - all CIPR Fellows - Progress is a CIPR member exclusive service which provides a safe space and sounding board for mentees to discuss challenges, explore opportunities and plan future career actions with mentors. It will offer mentees an alternative perspective on the challenges they face and it will undoubtedly be welcomed now, more than ever.

Progress allows mentees to search for mentors based on a number of factors including 'Comms Specialisms', 'Career Progression', and specific 'Industry Sectors' including corporate and finance, construction, health and medical, local public services, public affairs and more. 

Potential mentor profiles can be viewed on the CIPR website and mentees can get in touch with them directly to discuss the opportunity. The profiles will outline areas of expertise, preferred ways to work and a geographic location.


Laura Sutherland FCIPR Chart.PR chair of the CIPR Fellows’ Forum and project lead
As we face some of the most challenging times in our industry, Progress couldn’t have been launched at a better time. The new light-touch approach to free mentoring will give access for CIPR members at all levels and, indeed, access to a wealth of experience across every sector. We’re very grateful to all the fellows who have volunteered to support our members.

I’ve always given the advice that everyone needs a mentor, no matter what level you’re at, and I am so pleased that we’ve been able to offer one for free, at such scale. I’d encourage all CIPR members to consider their needs and if they feel a mentor would be of benefit, visit the website and find your match.
Laura Sutherland FCIPR Chart.PR chair of the CIPR Fellows’ Forum and project lead

Progress launches today and mentors and mentees can start working together as soon as they want, for up to a year. Both parties can gain 20 CPD points for this activity.

  • Visit the Progress website here.

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).