Privy Council approves CIPR governance changes
The Privy Council has approved the amendments to the Charter of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the revised By-Laws, at a meeting on 8 October 2014.
The approval completes the changes to the CIPR’s governance initiated by Chief Executive Alastair McCapra and approved by members at the 2014 Annual General Meeting.
The changes, aimed at creating a streamlined, businesslike governance structure, reduce CIPR Council in size from 50 to 30 individuals, and create a Board of Directors with power to direct the affairs of the Institute. The By-Law amendments also entitle Chartered Public Relations Practitioners to use “Chart.PR” as post-nominal designations of their Chartered status.
This change, which has been completed in less than a year, was aimed at making the Institute more responsive and better able to adapt to the challenges facing the profession we represent. It took a lot of effort from members and staff alike to make such rapid reforms and I believe they will be owed a debt of thanks by future members who will benefit from them.
This is a moment in the CIPR's history. The changes are critical to ensuring that the CIPR remains relevant to its members, the industry, and society. My hope is that it will prove to be a turning point for the public relations profession. The CIPR now has the potential to be a catalyst of change to drive public relations towards a more professional future. My thanks to members that participated in the consultation process, the Council, and Alastair McCapra for his clear direction and leadership throughout this process.
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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).