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Gloucestershire Event: The Industry Talks - 10 Degrees of PR Pain

CIPR South West is delighted to welcome a panel of local PR experts to Hotel du Vin in Cheltenham to discuss the 10 Areas of Pain currently facing PR professionals, as highlighted in the CIPR's 2015 State of the Profession report. From attitudes towards professional standards, to the ever increasing need for PR to encompass more than just media relations, the panel will be highlighting the key issues currently impacting on the profession and sharing their ideas on how the industry can adapt to ensure PR professionals feel more valued and better prepared for the future! The evening will also feature a Q&A session to allow attendees to discuss the topics and concerns that are important to them.

The panel will be chaired by the CIPR South West Committee Chair, Pam Lloyd, and will include:

  • Felicity Read, Managing Director, Leapfrog Public Relations
  • Andy Barr, Owner, 10 Yetis Public Relations
  • Bob Fenton, Head of Communications, EDF Energy Generation
  • Katherine Sinclair, Media & PR Manager, Gloucestershire County Council
  • Mike Conway, Director, Camargue

The debate will take place on 11th June 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Hotel du Vin in Cheltenham and will be followed by networking drinks at the hotel's bar.

The ticket price includes light refreshments on arrival and the event is also worth 5 CPD points. Book your tickets here

If you have any queries, please contact Nina Bartlett via email:


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.