Mike Smith Hon FCIPR

The CIPR is sad to learn of the passing of Mike Smith Hon FCIPR.

Mike worked in the public relations profession for over 50 years and set up the Golley Slater PR division in Cardiff in 1969. He was a course director for postgraduate public relations education at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) in Cardiff and went on to chair the CIPR Cymru Group. A truly charismatic and larger than life character, he was a champion for Welsh culture and business and dedicated much of his time to promoting the arts and creativity in Cardiff. He was also an inspirational leader to the hundreds of students - his "flock" - he taught over the years.

He was with the CIPR since 1970 and was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Institute in 2000.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.