Jane Wilson to step down as CIPR Chief Executive in September 2013
Chartered Institute of Public Relations Chief Executive Jane Wilson MCIPR has confirmed her intention to step down in September 2013.
Appointed to the role in late 2010, Wilson has overseen a period of change, growth and reform for the Institute, with membership and participation rising across the board. As Chief Executive, she led the reform of the CIPR membership structure as well as an internal overhaul of several operational aspects of the Institute, focused on delivering greater access to opportunities for professional development and driving up standards in the public relations profession.
Among the challenges faced on her arrival at the CIPR was the need to deliver consistent and sustainable financial performance. Over the past three years, the CIPR has rebuilt its reserves and 2012 saw an unprecedented third consecutive year of growth.
Her letter of resignation was received on Thursday 21 February 2013 by Sue Wolstenholme FCIPR, CIPR President. Wilson is contracted to serve at least six months’ notice and has committed to remain in post until September this year.
I came to the CIPR from a commercial background and always intended to return to a professional public relations role after three years. It’s still a big decision to go, but I am proud that across many areas, we have an Institute that is stronger than when I took up the post. I’ve worked with some amazing people and, after I leave, I will really miss my team here who have worked so hard to deliver the things we have achieved together. I remain totally committed to the job while I remain in post and to the goals we will set for 2013 and beyond.
Jane has made a real difference to the CIPR. Under her leadership, both staff and senior volunteers have been galvanised by a common sense of purpose. The CIPR is now in better shape than ever, offering access to high quality professional development opportunities and a membership structure that provides professional credibility and accountability. I want to thank Jane for the contribution she has made and will continue to make to the future of public relations in the UK. We look to the future with confidence and will keep members informed about the appointment of a successor.
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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).