PRCA announces winners of the 2016 PR Council election

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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

University category:

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

Freelancer category:

Sarah Weldon-Gamble, Director, Advocate Angels

Kerem Turkman, Kerem Turkman

Jonathan Weinberg, Managing Director, Ten14 Media

Former Chairman:

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.

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