Peter Hunt MBE FCIPR

The CIPR is sad to learn of the passing of a former president, Peter Hunt MBE FCIPR, at age 94.   

Peter Hunt served as President of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR) in 1978 and was one of the Founders of the Fellows Forum. Throughout his career he was known amongst his peers as an advocate both of the Institute and for greater professionalism within PR practice.  

Between 1992-2002 Peter was the Chair of the IPR Benevolent Fund Trustees, now Iprovision. Peter looked to the future, helping to grow funds and resources to support members. His decision to create a voluntary levy from annual membership fees helped transform the fund’s finances from 1998 onwards. Peter also contributed to a small group that saw the City of London approve the Institute’s sponsorship of the Guild, now the Company of Communicators. 

Peter served as the Director of Public Relations at Coca-Cola-Europe for many years and was very well known throughout the industry. He was involved in many industry initiatives and the relationships he moulded helped to create a lasting legacy for the public relations profession. In the 1970s and 80s Peter founded the Charing Cross Club - for in-house PR directors - and the Caxton Group - for in-house public affairs executives. Peter was also influential in the creation of the Industry and Parliament Trust - an organisation that focused on improving the relationship between business and MPs.  

A celebration of Peter’s life will be taking place on Thursday 11 August. For further details please contact  

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