Below are details of the current members of the Scotland Group's committee.
Chair, Jenifer Stirton FCIPR
Jenifer is a Director of Stockbridge PR a strategic communications consultancy, which she set up in May 2015, offering board level advice and interim director level support. Jenifer has held a number of Director level roles in a wide range of UK public sector organisation. Jenifer has held CIPR Scotland chair before and is also a member of CIPR UK Council. Jenifer is passionate about learning and education. She is also a Fellow of the CIPR and an Accredited Practitioner.
Vice Chair, Julie Watt MCIPR, Dip CIPR
Account Director, Four Scotland
Julie has a broad range of communications experience that includes delivering integrated PR campaigns spanning media relations, stakeholder engagement, social media and public affairs. As a former journalist, she has invaluable media insight and advises clients from both private and public sector on reputational issues, crisis handling and thought leadership. Julie has a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Napier University and was awarded a distinction for her CIPR Diploma in Crisis (Response) Communication.
Treasurer, Neil Cuthbert
Secretary, Shaun Bell MCIPR
Account Director, Stripe Communications
Shaun joined Stripe Communications in 2011 following five years' working in arts journalism and PR. His clients include ScottishPower, A.G. Barr and John Lewis. He oversees account strategy and implementation as well as leading the development of Stripe's in-house evaluation model. A passionate advocate for equality, he sits on the CIPR Diversity & Inclusion Forum. Career highlights include introducing the 5p carrier bag charge to Scotland, establishing the One Scotland diversity campaign, and being awarded 'Outstanding Young Communicator' at both the 2014 CIPR Scotland PRide Awards and the 2016 CIPR UK Excellence Awards.
Julie Brander MCIPR
Account Manager, Weber Shandwick
Julie joined Weber Shandwick in 2012 after graduating from Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University. Working across a range of sectors such as property, transport, travel, tourism and textiles, Julie's clients include Caledonian Sleeper, NorthLink Ferries, Barratt Homes, Andy Murray's Cromlix hotel, COINS Global, CityFibre and Scotland's largest planned new town, Chapelton. With a passion for showcasing the industry's emerging talent, she regularly works with bloggers and influencers across Scotland, provides guest lectures at Robert Gordon University and was awarded 'Outstanding Young Communicator' at the 2016 CIPR Scotland PRide Awards.
Amy Brownlee ACIPR
A University of Glasgow graduate with a first-class honours in English and Scottish Literature and a masters in Scottish Literature, Amy began her PR career learning the ropes through internships at a London agency and in-house with leading UK charity, Breast Cancer Now. She spent a year at Glasgow consumer agency Becky White PR, and since joining Frame in 2016 has played an important role in the growth of the business. She works on accounts across numerous sectors. Clients include Miller Homes, SafeDeposits Scotland and Social Bite.
Katie Burnett MCIPR
Senior Account Manager, BIG Partnership
Formerly a news editor with the UK's largest commercial radio network with ten years' experience as a journalist and seven years' experience as a media trainer for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Katie moved into PR in 2013 and is currently a senior account manager at the BIG Partnership managing clients across a number of sectors including tourism, hospitality, legal, construction and team development services. Katie is also part of BIG's media training team.
Graeme Cleland MCIPR
Account Director, The BIG Partnership
With over a decade of professional experience working in the media, Graeme has worked at both regional and national newspapers as well as within PR and marketing on an international basis. Starting his career as a daily newspaper journalist Graeme covered a wide variety of topics across the news agenda. Since moving into PR and marketing Graeme has worked with clients across the UK to deliver high-profile coverage in both traditional and digital media channels. In addition to providing organisations with strategic communications support, Graeme has significant experience of working in sports PR and delivering media training and social media consultancy.
Jordan Ferguson MCIPR
Account Executive, Orbit Communications
Jordan is an Account Executive at Orbit Communications. Since completing Orbit's training programme, he has assisted in the development and implementation of high profile public affairs campaigns such as the Assisted Suicide Bill Scotland, Millions for Mental Health and assisted the European Movement in Scotland's campaign to keep Scotland and the UK in the EU. Prior to joining Orbit, Jordan played a crucial role in the establishment of the children's charity Funny Lumps, developing an innovative communications strategy to reach children with additional support needs. Jordan currently works in a variety of sectors including property, construction, consumer affairs and health.
Katie McCaffery MCIPR
Stuart Young MCIPR
Senior Account Manager, 3x1 Group
Stuart graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2009 with an honours degree in PR & Media Studies. Since then he has developed extensive experience in media relations, crisis comms and public affairs across sectors including food and drink, transport and tourism in various inhouse and agency roles. A passionate foodie, Stuart joined 3x1 Group in 2016 as Senior Account Manager where he is able to channel his love of food and drink into reputation management, public affairs, integrated PR campaigns and media relations for clients such as The Scottish Salmon Company, Food Standards Scotland and Diageo.