Cipr Independent Practitioners’ Network

Welcome to the CIPR IP Network, the only network group dedicated to independent and freelance communication professionals at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. The group extends a warm welcome to PR and communications professionals across the globe. The IP Network brings members together to learn from each other and discuss issues facing communicators working independently, whether in the UK or abroad.  If you are already a member we hope you will find this network interesting and informative. If you are not, please consider joining the CIPR and this this dynamic community.

Our mission

We aim to support CIPR members working independently across a variety of sectors as well as those who would like to make the move to freelance/independent practice. Independents face unique challenges and we aim to facilitate understanding and find solutions, learn and share stories and best practice.

Our members

Our members are professionals who work independently, whether they are working freelance contracts within organisations, or working directly with clients in the UK or abroad we all share common ground of being independent.  Our members have a wealth of multi-faceted experience. The network brings together professionals with a wealth of experience to network, discuss, and learn from each other about the issues facing communicators working independently today. We do this by holding face-to-face events as well as virtual meetings so that our colleagues across the country and overseas can take part. 

Who we are 

Co-Founded byDominic Ridley-Moy (Dip CIPR, FCIPR) and Ebony Gayle (Dip CIPR, MCIPR),  the IP Network is currently Chaired by Ebony Gayle.  

Ebony is an accredited PR and communications specialist, author and speaker, with well over a decade of experience advising, overseeing and implementing PR and marketing communication strategies working across a variety of industries including, health, fitness, education, start-ups, entertainment and more. 

Ebony took the leap from employee where she headed up PR department to start her own business in 2013 and founded Ebony Gayle Communications  working with clients in the UK and internationally.

Having previously worked as a radio producer, Ebony is also a writer and was a regular contributor to a 5x award winning magazine and has penned articles for business and entrepreneurial media. She is a published author of the no-nonsense self-help title - How To Become A Consultant: A Guide To Free Yourself From The 9-5’.  Ebony is also a committee member for Women in PR UK.

Get involved

To hear from the CIPR IP Network, please visit your MyCIPR account and update your preferences to hear from us. If you would like to join the Network as a volunteer Committee member, please register your interest here


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