Message from Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President on 2015 CIPR Election

Following an announcement on Friday 2 October by Alastair McCapra, the Returning Officer in the CIPR Elections, that voting has been closed in the CIPR elections following the withdrawal of a candidate; Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President 2015 has issued the following statement:

Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President 2015
As you may know, voting in the 2015 election for CIPR President-Elect was brought to an early end last week by the Returning Officer following the public withdrawal of one of the two candidates.

Our priority is to ensure the election process can reach a fair outcome. Once voting in a CIPR election has concluded our rules allow complaints and appeals to be heard before we declare an outcome. In this instance we have received notification of matters which, under the rules, will now be referred to an independent panel for adjudication.

The nature of the complaints and appeals now being heard are confidential and should remain as such until the panel is able to complete their investigations.

Once the independent panel has concluded its work, the outcome of the election will be published. An outcome may include a result or a decision to re-run the ballot.

As soon as we can, the Board of Directors will ensure that members are informed of the outcome of the election.

Thank you for your patience.
Sarah Pinch FCIPR, CIPR President 2015

Members wishing to contact the Returning Officer with any questions should email

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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).