PRCA announces new Chairman and Vice-Chairman for its Diversity Network
The PRCA is pleased to welcome Gillian Tong and Pema Seely as the new Chairman and Vice-Chairman of its Diversity Network.
Gillian Tong has worked for over 25 years in client-advisory roles and has held a range of senior global communications positions. Tong is now a Managing Director at MHP and specialises in employee engagement and issues management. Pema Seely is Client Director at Hudson Sandler and has experience in thought-leadership and has worked with a diverse range of clients.
The PRCA Diversity Network works to open up access to the communications profession and make it more representative of the nation. In bringing together a range of individuals from different regions and backgrounds, the Network aims to break down barriers that exist in the industry.
The PRCA's PR Census 2016 recently revealed that the ethnic origin of the PR industry remains largely unchanged since 2011. White British continues to dominate the industry at 83%, with other white at 8%.
Gillian Tong MPRCA, Managing Director and Head of Internal Communications and Employee Engagement, MHP, said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this new role with the PRCA to promote the inherent benefits of a more diverse workforce within the PR industry. While companies increasingly acknowledge the need for greater diversity, we must ensure that all aspects including gender, social mobility and ethnic background are positively recognised and understood.
“It is important for the PR industry to reflect the society with which we all interact, and the PRCA Diversity Network has a key role to play in encouraging positive change.”
Pema Seely MPRCA, Client Director, Hudson Sandler, said: “We need teams that are a true reflection of our society if we are going to drive our industry forward and promote best practice. Without this, the industry will struggle to meet the challenges of communicating effectively to multiple stakeholders both domestically and globally. I’m excited to take on this new role, working closely with the PRCA and industry leaders to ensure we continue to work hard to attract and retain the best talent from the widest pool.”
Who we are: Founded in 1969, the PRCA is a UK-based PR membership body, operating in 45 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 20,000 people across the whole range of the PR industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and internal communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.
What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.
How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.
Who we represent: The PRCA currently has more than 400 agency members; 270 in-house communications teams from multinationals, charities and leading public sector organisations; and thousands of individual members.