London, 30 October 2015
The PRCA has announced the results of the election for the 2016 PR Council, the think tank of the PR industry.
There have been 49 elected appointments to the PR Council, following a record 143 nominations, and a record 1,500+ votes cast by members of the PRCA.
The winners are:
Large consultancy category:
Lee Nugent, CEO, Nelson Bostock Group Unlimited
Chris Owen, Director, Grayling
Lisa Elliott, Director, Lansons
Miles Freeman, Senior Account Executive, Lexis Agency
Molly Aldridge, Global CEO, M&C Saatchi PR
Frankie Cory, CEO, Mischief PR
Bronwen Andrews, Director, EMEA Business Development, MSL Group
Mark Stringer, CEO, PrettyGreen
Zoe Ward-Waring, Managing Director, Publicasity
Medium consultancy category:
Will Cairns, Managing Director, Bottle PR
Holly Tyzack, Head of Editorial PR, Bottle PR
Tallulah Cullen, Director, Cow PR
Rebecca Lee, Digital Account Manager, Dynamo PR
Richard Fogg, Managing Director, CCGroup
Errol Jayawardene, Head of Digital, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
James Brown, Senior Account Manager, Richmond Towers
Chris Rogers, Head of Public Relations, Whitehouse Consultancy
Louise Andrews, Senior Account Director, Wildfire PR
Small consultancy category:
Cameron Grant, Director, 3x1 Public Relations
Cath Brannan, Associate Director, Albion Drive
Gareth Thomas, Founder, Capella PR
Jill Coomber, Co-Founder, Onechocolate Communications
Sara Howard, Deputy MD, Popcorn PR
Rachel O’Connor, CEO, Siren Communications
Jo Seymour-Taylor, Board Director, Stir Public Relations
Amanda Williams, Account Director, Storm Communications
Matt Eagles, PR Director, The Big Cat Group
Private sector in-house category:
Mark Radvanyi, Head of UK/I Media and Analyst Relations, Accenture
Dana Gloger, Senior PR Manager, BT
Olivia Orton, Global Communications & Content Director Oral Health/ Skin Health, GSK
Ros Kindersley, Executive Chairman, JFL Search & Selection
Steve McCool, Associate Director, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, Macquarie Group
Imogen Osborne, Co-Founder, Q&R
Jenny Caven, Head of PR and Public Affairs, Slimming World
Ian Crowder, Head of Public Relations, The AA
Gabi Ioan, Programme Engagement and Change Consultant, Vodafone
Public sector in-house category:
Phil Baker, Press Officer, Department of Work and Pensions
Ed Stearns, Director of Media and Communications, Metropolitan Police Service
Alex Fedorcio, Press Officer, Metropolitan Police Service
Gloria Walker, Lecturer, Hult International Business School
Mark Dorey, External Relations Manager, Leeds Beckett University
Dee Goldstraw, Senior Lecturer in Marketing & Digital Communications, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jane Tonge, Senior Lecturer in Marketing Communications, Manchester Metropolitan University
Zsuzsanna Matyak, Corporate PR Officer, University of Westminster
Georgia Sibold, Student, University of Westminster
Sarah Weldon-Gamble, Director, Advocate Angels
Kerem Turkman, Kerem Turkman
Jonathan Weinberg, Managing Director, Ten14 Media
Tony Langham, Chief Executive, Lansons
The members will be led by PR Council Chairman David Hamilton CMPRCA, Director of Communications, The Scout Association. The Chairmen of the PRCA’s 37 National, Regional and Sectoral Groups also each get a place at the PR Council.
The PR 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 faces, and it informs the PRCA’s strategic priorities. It also helps the PRCA to produce helpful commentary, advice and best-practice guidance for PR professionals.
In an improved election process, 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 PR Council to the highest voted members in each category, or fewer if under nine had been nominated.
Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, said: “After a record number of votes, I am very pleased to welcome the new PR Council, one that is even more reflective of the talent, insight and expertise inherent in the PR industry. I would like to congratulate each and every newly-elected Council member, and I look forward to working with them.”
The PRCA will now open for nominations for the PR Council’s Vice Chairman role.
Who we are: Founded in 1969, the PRCA is the largest PR association in Europe, representing 18,000 people in agencies, in-house communications teams, and individuals. 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 represents many of the major consultancies in the UK, and currently has more than 350 agency members from around the world, including the majority of the top 150 UK consultancies. We also represent over 250 in-house communications teams from multinationals, UK charities and leading UK public sector organisations.