I’m pleased to share some news. I’ve been appointed as a Fellow with my professional body, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) on Wednesday 22 July 2020.
For me, it feels like another seal of approval, a virtual pat on the back from your peers to say ‘well done, you’re doing a good job and thank you for the support you give’.
Thank you to those who supported my nomination and the independent assessors who gave me the green light as one of 18 new Fellows who will be ambassadors and promote professionalism, best practice and ethical behaviour in PR and communication.
This is what the CIPR explains about the role of Fellows: “The CIPR awards Fellowships to members for outstanding contributions to the CIPR and the public relations profession.
“Our Fellows play an important role at the Institute: we look to our Fellows to help promote professionalism, demonstrate best practice and raise awareness of the benefits of CIPR membership.
“Our Fellows hold invaluable experience of PR, communications and business practice, and are able to provide a unique insight into the profession and the issues facing communicators around the UK. Our Fellows help the Institute develop best practice standards and policies, sharing their experience and knowledge by contributing to the Institute’s working groups, panels and consultations.”
So, needless to say, I’m very pleased to have been appointed, and to be amongst a group of brilliant comms and PR colleagues. I’ve been a member of the CIPR since my university days and I’ve found my membership especially invaluable as an independent communications consultant. Like anything in life, you get out what you put in, and I’ve been an active volunteer and member during the last ten years, whilst also working hard to maintain my professionalism through CPD to keep learning and providing the best knowledge and experience to my clients. I became Accredited in 2014 after completing CPD for two years, and I then took the Chartered Assessment in 2017 and passed. Fellowship is the final grade and like the icing on the cake.
If anyone wants to find out more about the process you can read more here.
My next challenge is, what comes next. Fellowship underlines my work to date supporting the profession, teaching the Internal comms diploma at Bournemouth Uni and being a seasoned internal comms consultant. I’m about to celebrate ten years in business as Little Bird Communication, and I’m working on some new solutions to help my clients as we find our way in the new world of work.
If you’d like to talk about your career or your work in comms I’m always happy to have a conversation to answer any questions you may have to help you find your place in the profession.
Drop me a line.
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I work with businesses of all shapes and sizes to help them communicate clearly, reveal the human connections that matter and get meaningful results. If you would like to find out what people think and feel about your business, and communicate with them better, get in touch.