Family, friends and colleagues gather to remember Doug Smith

Family, Friends and Colleagues of Doug Smith, Hon FCIPR, FPRCA, gathered at the House of Lords on Thursday 18 April 2013 to reflect on his spirit, sense of fun and his wit, as well as his on his service to his profession.

Doug Smith, Past President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Past Chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association, passed away at Christmas and is fondly remembered for his contribution to the profession of public relations and his patronage of cricketing charities.

The gathering was jointly organised by the CIPR and PRCA. Speakers included Sir Peter Fry, former MP for Wellingborough (1969-1997), Jackie Elliot, Past Chairman of the PRCA, Sue Wolstenholme, President of the CIPR and Graham Johnson, Chairman of Kent Cricket. Guests included representatives of his professional and political lives as well as a number of friends from his interests in cricket. They were joined by Diana Hurrell, Doug’s partner, and his daughters Tracy O’Brien and Rebecca Smith, who spoke eloquently and movingly on behalf of his family. The event was kindly sponsored by Lord Clement-Jones FCIPR, who also spoke.

A condolence book was opened at the gathering and will be available at the reception desk of the CIPR Public Relations Centre for members and guests to sign until Wednesday 8 May 2013.

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

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).