Four new trustee appointments at iprovision
The CIPR benevolent fund, iprovision, has appointed four new trustees as it looks to raise awareness of the range of support it is able to offer members with financial or health issues.
Former CIPR President, Kevin Taylor Chart.PR, FCIPR, is a communications consultant and commentator on business and technology issues. Awarded the Sir Stephen Tallents Medal in 2017, he has been a board level adviser on reputation and communications to a range of global brand names as well as to technology start-ups. Kevin is also active in mentoring young PR professionals.
Jenifer Stirton FCIPR is a director of Stockbridge PR – a strategic communications consultancy, that she set up in May 2015 to offer board level advice and interim director support. Passionate about learning and education, she has worked as a communications director across a wide range of UK public sector organisations and is also a member of the CIPR Council.
Gary Taylor Chart.PR, FCIPR has worked in the public and education sectors for more than 30 years, and has held several volunteer roles including Leeds United/Leeds Carnegie Ladies FC and as a civilian instructor with 59 (Huddersfield) Squadron Air Training Corps. He is a former chair of CIPR Yorkshire & Lincolnshire.
The fourth new trustee is Caron Jones Chart.PR, an experienced PR professional whose career spans the BBC, local government, higher education and the charity sector. She is a member of the teaching team for PR Academy, delivering professional qualifications for the CIPR and the University of Chester.
The benevolent fund continues to support a number of past and present CIPR members – and their families – who have fallen on hard times through illness, accident or unemployment.
We are able to offer them information, grants and other support – all funded through donations and fund-raising by their fellow CIPR members. But we believe there are others out there we could be helping, and our new trustees with their wide geographical reach and networks within the profession will hopefully help us to achieve that.
About iprovisionOver the last 50 years, over 500 CIPR members have been helped and supported by iprovision because of illness, disability, unemployment, poverty or bereavement. The youngest beneficiary was only 28; the oldest, 90. The majority of beneficiaries were members aged between 45 and 60, facing hardship because of an illness or disability that had impacted on their ability to work. The charity can specifically provide:
- grants to meet specific needs
- help with respite care or care break costs
- support and assistance
- repayable grants in exceptional circumstances.