News from the South West Group.

Coming up in July

Cornwall Event: Ethics and Equality

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 8.15 to 11.15am, St Austell Business Park
Treverbyn Road, Saint Austell

Public relations is rarely depicted in the media as being an ethical industry. The relationship between journalist and PR can often be fraught but in so many ways it is symbiotic. This event, limited to 20 places offers an exclusive opportunity to hear President of the CIPR, Sarah Pinch deliver her 'State of the profession' analysis and to explain why Ethics and Equality are so important to the institute and to speak directly to Sarah about her vision for a more ethical and inclusive future and why the new 'Ethics' CPD modules will be so important.

Also speaking will be Paula Martin, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. Paula knows all there is to know about being a woman in a competitive arena and taking an organisation to the very top.

The focal point of the morning however will be in the form of a round table discussion, where everyone will be able to discuss any issues surrounding equality in the workplace and how to maintain the highest ethical standards where others may not.

Tickets are £25 + VAT for members (£30 + VAT non-members)

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CIPR SW's AGM and look ahead for 2015 was held on Wednesday 28 January in Bristol. After the meeting, presentations from Rich Leigh, Gemma McGratton and Alastair McCapra provided attendees with thoughts on what to expect in the coming year. AGM minutes can be viewed here and speaker presentations can be viewed on our Event reviews page.

Chair Pam Lloyd gives her view on the AGM and the year ahead for the region below;

It was great to see so many familiar faces at our AGM in January. The newly elected committee has a busy year ahead planned and we'll look forward to meeting up with regular attendees to our events and hopefully getting to know some new members. We now have over 620 members in the region, that's an 8% increase within the year, and we hope to welcome more members across the SW as the 2015 program of events gets into full swing. Members really appreciated CIPR CEO Alastair McCapra coming to Bristol to tell us in person about the Institute's plans for the year ahead. It was good to hear how much our regional events, training and networking are appreciated by members who find it difficult to justify the time and expense of traveling to central London to attend CIPR HQ events. CPD is really gathering momentum as more and more members get involved with the CIPR's Continuous Professional Development program and become accredited. The SW committee aims to put on at least ten events in the year so that members can log CPD points close to home.

I'd like to thank, once again, all outgoing members of our committee, particularly our Secretary Gemma Fear and our Events Co-Ordinator Katrina Podlewska, who had served seven years on the committee. We are very grateful to them for all the time they have devoted to the CIPR in the region.

Pam Lloyd


CIPR PRide 2014 SCI awards photos

Official photos of the hugely successful first PRide South of England and Channel Islands awards are now available.

Go to our photo gallery then follow these instructions:

  1. Click on 'Batch Download' (right-hand side of page)
  2. Enter password: Bristol
  3. Select which images you want to download

If you took part in the photo booth on the night, you can also download those images.

Don't forget to share your images with the hashtag #PRideSCI!

And if you missed our video on the night showing the great work the CIPR is doing in the South West, watch it again below.