London,
18
April
2017

PRCA welcomes Stephen Waddington as latest PRCA Fellow

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Stephen Waddington FPRCA as its latest Fellow.

Waddington is Partner and Chief Engagement Officer at Ketchum. He joined Ketchum in 2015 and remains Visiting Professor in Practice at Newcastle University and is Chairman of its Future Proof policy unit.

Having originally trained as a journalist, Waddington chose to pursue a career in public relations, during which time he has co-founded and run two award-winning public relations agencies; Rainier PR in 1998, and Speed in 2009. He was also President of the CIPR in 2014, during which time he helped return the organisation to its roots of professionalism as set out in its Royal Charter.

The news follows Waddington being awarded the Outstanding Contribution trophy at the PRCA's Digital Awards earlier this month.

PRCA Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have made a major contribution to the PR and communications industry.

New Fellows are invited to join on the unified recommendation of the Chairman of Fellows, the Board Chairman, and the Director General. Fellows are entitled to use the designatory letters FPRCA, and are invited to help shape thinking on the future of the industry.

David Gallagher FPRCA, International President for Growth and Development, Omnicom Public Relations Group and Chairman of the PRCA Fellows, said: “Stephen is a tireless contributor, convener and provocateur on all matters social and digital, spurring efforts to innovate and evolve across the UK communications community. It’s a pleasure to see him added to the roster of PRCA fellows.”

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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 49 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.

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