Five awarded Honorary Fellowship of the CIPR
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is pleased to confirm the following individuals have been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Institute:
- Farzana Baduel Chart.PR Hon.FCIPR
- Richard Bailey Hon.FCIPR
- Tony Bradley Hon.FCIPR
- Paul Mylrea Found. Chart. PR Hon.FCIPR
- Peter Walker Found. Chart. PR Hon.FCIPR
The Honorary Fellowships were announced by CIPR President Steve Shepperson-Smith at the CIPR's annual Fellows Lunch at the House of Lords on Friday 29 September, attended by over 120 Fellows and Chartered Practitioners. 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.
Farzana is the CEO and co-founder of Curzon PR. Established in 2009, Curzon works across corporate, culture and charities. Whilst headquartered in London, the firm has a global reach. Farzana is the Resident Public Relations expert for the University of Oxford’s entrepreneurship centre at Said Business School. She is a Chartered PR practitioner with the CIPR and a Fellow of the CIM. She is a trustee and serves on the board of the British Asian Trust, founded by King Charles III to tackle poverty in South Asia. Farzana donates her time and expertise to several not-for-profit organisations and audiences on a voluntary basis.
Richard is a public relations educator and editor. He has taught at various UK and international universities but has the longest association with Leeds Beckett where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students and is course leader for CIPR professional courses. Alongside the university work he has a public-facing role as editor of PR Academy's PR Place Insights pages since 2017 and before that was a volunteer editor of PR student magazine Behind the Spin. A CIPR member since 1998, he was appointed a fellow in 2013.
Tony is one of the Institute’s longest-serving volunteers. Joining more than 35 years ago, he helped resurrect the then-defunct North East group - where he spent nine years as secretary before being elected chair. Nationally, he completed two terms as Honorary Treasurer and was CIPR President in 2006. He recently stepped down as a trustee of Iprovision after the maximum permitted eight years - the last four as chair.
Paul came to PR after 20 years as a foreign correspondent at Reuters. He was CIPR President in 2011 and one of the first chartered PR practitioners. In his PR career he was Director of Communications in a host of high profile organisations, including the BBC and Transport for London, dealing with major crises such as the London bombings in 2005. He survived all, but fell victim to Covid in March 2020 which, according to doctors, left him close to death. But he survived against the odds and, now retired, assists various charities and works as a magistrate.
Peter was President of the then Institute of Public Relations (IPR) in 1998, its Golden Jubilee year, and saw through the IPR’s commitment to the formation of City of London Guild of Public Relations Practitioners subsequently serving as Chairman of its charity for five years and then as Treasurer of the Livery Schools Link.
He was Group Public Affairs Manager of the industrial gases group, the BOC, and Secretary of their International Group Board Public Policy Committee and was part of the development of the Industry and Parliament Trust. He joined the PIELLE Consulting Group in 1981. He was awarded the International Public Relations Association Golden World Certificate and is a Fellow, by qualification, of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and UK Chairman of the Nigeria British Chamber of Commerce where he received the Presidential Award for services to Nigeria British Relations.
I wish to thank and congratulate Farzana, Richard, Tony, Paul, and Peter for their invaluable service and contributions to the CIPR and our industry over many years. I’m delighted this has been recognised with an Honorary Fellowship. Their commitment to and passion for professional practice and to guiding the next generation of practitioners is an inspiration.
About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners with over 10,000 members.
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).