Simon McVicker is new chair of CIPR Public Affairs
Simon McVicker has been elected as the new Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Public Affairs (PA) group. As Head of Public Affairs at PCG, the professional association for UK freelancers, contractors and consultants, Simon brings with him 25 years of experience of professional lobbying. Simon was voted in as Chair of the Group at the AGM at the St. Stephen’s Club earlier this evening and replaces Iain Anderson who served as Chair of the Group for two years.
Commenting on his new role, Simon McVicker said:
I’m honoured to be taking up the Chairmanship of CIPR PA at such a crucial time for the public affairs industry. I’ve been involved with the CIPR for three years and am really looking forward to building on Iain Anderson’s outstanding work in leading the debate on a statutory register of lobbyists and other key issues for our members. I believe our core principles and ethics at CIPR PA are transparency, professionalism and integrity. We must not be seen to condone any person or company that does not uphold these principles. We must self regulate as an industry or we are in grave danger of having statutory regulation forced upon us.
My other priorities are to implement a strategy to see the membership of CIPR PA grow and to provide a series of events that are interesting, relevant and fun, from a networking point of view. I am delighted by the team that got elected tonight, it has widescale experience and skills and will serve the members well.
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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).