CIPR Northern Ireland Members elect Gary McKeown as Group Chair
The CIPR Northern Ireland Group has announced that Gary McKeown will be Group Chair in 2013/14. The Group has over 300 members and represents CIPR members with all levels of experience and from every sector of the PR industry across all counties in Northern Ireland.
Gary was voted in as Chair at the Group’s AGM held at Clifton House in Belfast. Attended by Public Relations professionals from the private, public and voluntary sectors, the AGM also saw the election of Chair Elect, Chris Love, managing director of Love PR, who will take over as Chair in 2014, and the election of a 14-strong committee charged with leading the Institute in its promotion of the Public Relations industry in Northern Ireland.
Gary, previously the Group’s Vice Chair, will replace Gillian Shields as Chair and will lead the Group and Committee over the next year. With almost a decade’s experience in communications, Gary brings with him a record of leadership and innovation in the profession. He is also the longest-serving member of the CIPR’s Northern Ireland Committee.
I am delighted and honoured to have been elected Chair of the CIPR in Northern Ireland. With more than 300 members, the CIPR here is driving forward standards of professionalism, encouraging young people to think about PR as a job, and working with existing practitioners to help them develop their skills to meet the challenges of an ever-changing media environment.
Over the coming year I will be working with the Northern Ireland Committee to provide a programme of training and events, and aim to raise the profile of the CIPR and the excellent work of its membership.
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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).