Rachael Clamp named CIPR's 2023 President-elect

Chartered PR Practitioner and CIPR Fellow Rachael Clamp Chart.PR, FCIPR has been named President-Elect of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) for 2023, having stood unopposed in the 2022 Election.

A current director of the CIPR, Rachael will succeed Steve Shepperson-Smith as President in 2024.

Rachael is a public affairs professional and founder and director of Ardesey Ltd. She has been a director of the CIPR for the past two years, has served on CIPR's Council, and is a member of the CIPR's Public Affairs Group having previously volunteered as chair.

The Returning Officer confirmed the elections after period of nominations was extended by one week in recognition of the National Period of Mourning following the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. 

CIPR President Rachel Roberts Chart.PR, MCIPR

Many congratulations to Rachael. As someone who has had the privilege to sit on the Board with her, I know she will use her experience and skills to serve members as she has done throughout her time volunteering for the CIPR.  Her three areas of focus, and the fact that members will benefit from her experience on the Board and public affairs focus, I'm sure will continue to drive the CIPR forward.

I would also like to congratulate all those who have been elected to serve on Council and to thank you all for putting yourself forward to give back to our community.

CIPR President Rachel Roberts Chart.PR, MCIPR
Rachael Clamp Chart.PR, FCIPR 2023 President-Elect

It is a huge privilege to be able to represent members and I look forward to working with Steve as he leads us through our 75th year in 2023. It’s imperative that the CIPR is fit for the future and able to continue to support practitioners with their career aspirations. But in looking to the future, we mustn’t forget about today. My three focus areas to achieve this will be our proposition, our position and our community.

Rachael Clamp Chart.PR, FCIPR 2023 President-Elect

List of nominators:

Neil Cuthbert
Sarah Pinch
Robert Okunnu
Stuart Bruce
Gill Morris
Jenni Field
Rachel Royall
Anne Gregory
Donna Castle
Max Sugarman

Nomination statement:

I am proud to have been an active member of the CIPR for ten years. Since 2014, I have contributed to the Public Affairs Group, CIPR Council, Influence Magazine and, most recently CIPR Board. I believe this extensive and varied CIPR volunteer career means I have the knowledge and skills to effectively lead the Board and Council, represent members interests and also continue the brilliant work of past presidents in putting our organisation into a more stable position in some very difficult times as we prepare for more challenges ahead.

 If you elect me to be your President in 2024, I will ensure the CIPR is fit for the future and able to continue to support you, my fellow practitioners, with your career aspirations. But in looking to the future, we mustn’t forget about today. My three focus areas to achieve this will be: 

1. Our proposition – ensuring that what we offer members adds value to their career, that the CIPR remains relevant, to be a world class thought leader and influencer and be perfectly in step – if not slightly ahead – with what is expected of us.

2. Our position – be robust in telling the story of the value we bring, build alliances with other business functions and continue to exploit relationships with trade bodies and business communities.

3. Our community - engender a culture of equality of opportunity for all. There shouldn’t be a barrier to entry and progression in our industry and the CIPR should exemplify this for our members.

The CIPR has supported my development as a communications and business professional and my ambition now is to ensure that all CIPR members can benefit in the same way I have – by encouraging others to get involved in whatever way works for them and by supporting them to learn and develop in a way which suits their own unique ambitions.

We need a president-elect who will build on the solid foundations established by previous Presidents and the hard work that they have done in collaboration with the CIPR staff team. I am confident I am the right person to continue this work and ensure the CIPR supports our members through the difficult times ahead.

It would be an incredible honour to be CIPR President in 2024. If you vote for me, together we can build a stronger, more resilient and forward looking CIPR.


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 in the UK and overseas with nearly 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).