PRCA announces winners of 2017 PR and Communications Council election

The PRCA has announced the results of the election for the 2017 PR and Communications Council, the think tank of the PR and communications industry.

There have been 49 elected appointments to the Council, following 73 nominations, and over 1,500 votes cast by members of the PRCA.

The winners are:


Small Agency (up to £1.5m)

Penny Arbuthnot, Genesis PR

Caroline Coskry, Oracle PR

Martha Dalton, Lodestone Communications

Steve Dunne, Brighter Group

Dan Neale, Alfred

Sarah Over, Six Three Communications

Kate Russell, Narrative Communications

Hamish Thompson, Houston PR

Tom York, Campaign Collective


Medium Agency (£1.51m-£2.51m)

Louise Andrews, Wildfire PR

Jill Coomber, OneChocolate 

Richard Fogg, CC Group

Amanda Meyrick, Clarion Communications 

Chris Rogers, The Whitehouse Consultancy

Holly Tyzack, Bottle

Gareth Thomas, Capella PR 

Jules Ugo, Lotus

Amanda Williams, Storm Communications


Large Agency (£2.5m upwards)

Asa Baww, 72point

Lisa Carr, Lansons

Frankie Cory, Mischief PR

Tom Frackowiak, Cicero

Natasha Holloway, Racepoint Global

Neil Kleiner, Golin

Mike Robb, Cicero

Mark Stringer, PrettyGreen

Andy West, Hotwire


Private In-House Organisation

Jenny Caven, Slimming World

Tomos Edwards, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Gabi Ioan, Vodafone

Hywel Jarman, EEF, The Manufacturer's Organisation

Ros Kindersley, JFL Recruit

Joan O'Connor, Coca Cola

Mark Radvanyi, Accenture

Liesl Smith, Western Union

Jennifer Wye, Vision Express


Public Sector In-House Organisation

Philip Baker, NEST - National Employment Savings Trust

Irene McLean, NHS

Ed Stearns, Metropolitan Police Service 



Mark Dorey, Leeds Beckett University

David Kuczora, Nightlife Outreach

Zsuzsanna Matyak, University of Westminster

Gloria Walker, London College of Communication 



Mark Broughton, Marontech Communications

Agatha Chapman-Poole, Chapman-Poole

Lara Molins Caplin, LMC PR 

Ger Peerboom

Jonathan Weinberg, Bootstrapped PR 

Sue Wolstenholme, Ashley Public Relations Ltd

And the following will be given automatic places:


Former Chairman

David Hamilton, The Scout Association


Molly Aldridge, M&C Saatchi PR

The members will be led by PR and Communications Council Chairman Molly Aldridge CMPRCA, Global CEO, M&C Saatchi PR. The Chairmen of the PRCA’s National, Regional and Sectoral Groups also each get a place at the PR and Communications Council.

The PR and Communications Council acts as a think-tank for the PRCA, and for the wider PR industry. It provides a formal mechanism to consult with the industry's senior practitioners on the issues PR and communications faces, and it informs the PRCA’s strategic priorities. It also helps the PRCA to produce helpful commentary, advice and best-practice guidance for professionals.

PRCA members were able to vote for one candidate per category: small consultancy (up to £1.5m), medium consultancy (£1.51m-£2.5m), large consultancy (£2.51m upwards), private sector in-house, public sector in-house, universities, and freelancers.

To enable true equality, the PRCA provided nine places on the Council to the highest voted members in each category, or fewer if under nine had been nominated.

Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, said: “The calibre of talent that we will see on the PR and Communications Council next year is of the highest level, and I am looking forward to seeing their insights and achievements as the year progresses.”

The PRCA will now open for nominations for the PR and Communications Council’s Vice Chairman role.


About the PRCA

Who we are: Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 48 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 20,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and 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 PR and communications teams from multinationals, charities and leading public sector organisations; and thousands of individual members.

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