CIPR Members vote Chartered Practitioner Stephen Waddington to be 2014 President

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced today that Chartered Practitioner Stephen Waddington MCIPR will be President in 2014.

In a contest that was hotly debated amongst CIPR membership and the wider public relations community, Stephen, who was standing against Dr Jon White FCIPR, polled 68% of the vote. Stephen currently serves on the CIPR Executive Board and is Chair of the Institute’s Policy and Campaigns Committee.

Stephen Waddington MCIPR, Chartered Practitioner, European Digital & Social Media Director at Ketchum
The CIPR, as the professional body representing public relations in the UK and further afield, stands at a moment in time. We have a real opportunity to assert our value as a management discipline that enables organisations to engage in a two-way conversation, and ultimately a relationship, with audiences both internal and external. We also have the opportunity to improve the reputation of our industry via professional development.

Huge thanks to Dr Jon White for a contest worthy of the opportunity that our profession faces, and to everyone that got behind my campaign. The hard work starts now.
Stephen Waddington MCIPR, Chartered Practitioner, European Digital & Social Media Director at Ketchum
Jane Wilson MCIPR, CIPR Chief Executive
Of the two high quality candidates, Stephen is a superb choice and I know he will lead the CIPR very effectively in championing the public relations profession, advancing professional standards and engaging with CIPR members on a national and international scale. It has been a pleasure to work with Stephen already on CIPR Board and he will bring great enthusiasm and commitment to the role of President Elect, becoming President in 2014. I wish him every success.

Jon White has made a great contribution to the industry as one of public relations' leading practitioners and an internationally renowned academic. I look forward to Jon continuing to contribute to the CIPR as a member of Council and a leading mind on research, planning and measurement. Both candidates have my admiration and respect.
Jane Wilson MCIPR, CIPR Chief Executive
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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.