Dr Jon White awarded Honorary Fellowship of the CIPR together with three new Fellows

Dr Jon White Chart.PR Hon.FCIPR has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Honorary Fellowships are granted by the Board of Directors in recognition of exceptionally outstanding services to the Institute and/or the development of the public relations profession. Fellowships are bestowed upon Members in recognition of distinction in the public relations profession.

Three other members have been awarded Fellowships, following the final review of nominations for 2019.

Fellowships are awarded for outstanding work in public relations, service to the Institute and personal achievements within the profession.

Dr Jon White Chart.PR Hon.FCIPR

Dr White is a consultant in management and organisation development, public affairs, public relations and corporate communications management and has worked in public and private sector organisations in Europe, the United States, South Africa, Australia, and Canada. He has worked with the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the European Commission and Parliament on aspects of communication. He has published articles and books on public affairs, public relations and corporate communications and cofounded BledCom an annual international PR conference in Bled, Slovenia.

He joined the IPR in 1986 and was made a Fellow in 1998. He became an Accredited Practitioner in 2012 and Chartered in 2016. He has served on the CIPR Council and in 2019 has chaired the CIPR Strategy Working Group that has developed the new CIPR strategy.

The three new Fellows are:

Claire Foster Chart.PR, FCIPR, Dip CIPR

Claire is an advocate for women in PR which has included her facilitation of research for the 'PR & Pay Equality' report, as Vice President of the Women in PR Group and the support she gave to CIPR members to establish the Women in PR in Wales group. Claire supports fellow practitioners through mentoring, coordinating events and internships in her employed role and is the recipient of multiple awards recognising her expertise as a financial PR professional.

Shayoni Lynn FCIPR

Shayoni is an active member of the CIPR Education and Skills Committee and the CIPR Cymru group. From judging PRide awards and speaking at CIPR events, to fostering a culture of collaboration between communications bodies in Wales, Shayoni brings her specialism in behavioural science to life to further the profession in this emerging area.


Rachel Royall Chart.PR, FCIPR, Dip CIPR

Rachel’s professional background in both public and private organisations has positioned her as a recognised expert in the health sector. One of her key values is to support fellow practitioners which she does through mentoring, job sharing programmes and advocating professional development opportunities. Rachel devotes a considerable amount of time to supporting the CIPR through being a member of Council, on the Finance Committee and as the inaugural chair of the CIPR Health group.

CIPR President, Emma Leech Found.Chart.PR FCIPR
I would like to wish Claire, Shayoni and Rachel many congratulations on being awarded Fellowship and to take this opportunity to thank Dr White for all the work he has done, and does, for the CIPR. I’m delighted this has been recognised with an Honorary Fellowship.

As ambassadors for the Institute you have committed to sharing your expertise and our values of professionalism and ethical practice. It is right your dedication to giving back to the profession, together with your commitment to life-long learning, is recognised through Fellowship.
CIPR President, Emma Leech Found.Chart.PR FCIPR
Dr Jon White Chart.PR, Hon.FCIPR
I am flattered and more than pleased to be nominated as an Honorary Fellow by the CIPR. I have worked with the Institute since the mid-1980s when I was recruited to be the Institute's lead in setting up a public relations option in Cranfield University School of Management's MBA programme. I have since assisted the Institute through a number of member surveys, scenario planning relating to the future of public relations and the implications of Brexit for practice, research, development, training and the Institute's own strategy development. Next year, I will be working with other members to establish an interest group within the Institute, focusing on the foundations of practice in the behavioural sciences.
Dr Jon White Chart.PR, Hon.FCIPR

To find out more about CIPR Fellowships, visit the website.


About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)

The 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).