Nicola Jones becomes 500th Chartered PR Practitioner
Press and Communications Manager at Aston University's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Nicola Jones Chart.PR, MCIPR, Dip CIPR, has become the 500th Chartered PR Practitioner.
Nicola and eleven other practitioners achieved chartered status - the highest level of professional accreditation in public relations - following the most recent assessment day on Tuesday 22 November. This brings the total number of Chartered Practitioners to 501. Members were assessed on their skills, knowledge and competencies in ethics, strategy and leadership by a team of senior practitioners, led by Dr Jon White.
I am thrilled to see us welcome our 500th Chartered Practitioner and hope Nicola and all those who have passed this most recent Chartership assessment will inspire other public relations practitioners to achieve this standard. Chartership provides important recognition of the role PR plays as a strategic business function, as well as leadership in ethical practice, so it’s an important platform to elevate the role of PR Practitioners and their contribution to organisation impact to stakeholders beyond our industry.
It’s our aspiration that in the future all senior leaders in the PR industry will be Chartered and so continuing to increase the talent pool of Chartered Practitioners available will in turn fuel demand from stakeholders. The distinction of Chartered Practice provides stakeholders with reassurance they are advised by professionals that share a commitment to strategic thinking, high standards, ethical practice, and lifelong learning, increasing the proliferation of professionals who champion Chartered Practice is good for practitioners and our industry.
I am delighted to have achieved Chartered Practitioner status. My role involves working closely with senior level professionals so I wanted to be able to demonstrate my experience and professional status. Chartership does that and gives me confidence in myself, and my colleagues confidence in my work. Congratulations to everyone else who also got chartered with me, and to anyone thinking about getting chartered themselves my advice is if you’re prepared to put in the effort it’s worth it.
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).