The CIPR International Committee includes people from all branches of PR, including City, Public Affairs, and Education.

We welcome new committee members. Please contact our secretary to show your interest or for more information.


Andras SztaniszlavAndras Sztaniszlav

Andras is an expert in strategic communications and public relations with a solid track record of building bespoke solutions for different organisations in the UK and mainland Europe (mainly Central-Eastern Europe). His wide variety of projects include reputation, CSR, digital and content strategy as well as crisis comms and public affairs campaigns. He has an MA in media management, and is the Vice President of the Hungarian PR Association. He  is a CIPR Accredited Practitioner.

Co-Vice Chair

Beatrice Giribaldi Beatrice Giribaldi

Beatrice is a trilingual (English, French and Italian) communications professional, with a wealth of experience working across a variety of different sectors and geographies. Currently working at Digitalis Reputation, the only tech-powered digital reputation and risk management firm, she advises clients on mitigation of reputational, privacy and security risks which can originate online. Beatrice previously worked at strategic consultancy Lansons, where her portfolio included international clients within the Asset Management and Banking industry.  Beatrice was selected as one of 35 Europeans to take part in an incubator on the future of the European Union, Siylab, held by the Italian Ministry and the University of Siena. She continues to collaborate on the project.

Beatrice holds a Bachelor in History and a Master's in History of International Relations from Sorbonne University

Co-Vice Chair

Merete Svendsen DonlonMerete Svendsen Donlon

A CIPR Accredited Practitioner, Merete is currently Communications Manager at HSBC Global Asset Management. She is also a Mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation. Prior to her current role, Merete represented a number of high profile financial services and investment management companies at reputation management consultancy Lansons as an Account Director

 Merete graduated with a BA (Hons) in Multimedia Journalism from Bournemouth University in 2012, having written for publications such as This is Money. She also worked for Halden Arbeiderblad in her native Norway.

Twitter: @MereteSvendsen


Oshin Sharma

Oshin is a communications professional currently working at Lansons. Her portfolio includes various international clients within the Asset Management and Banking industry. She holds a first class honors degree in business management from Queen Mary University of London and an MSc in media and communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She also has past experience of working within the marketing and social media sector, for a hotel management company in London.

Special Advisor

Eva Maclaine

Eva Maclaine

Principal of Maclaine Communications, Eva specialises in global communications programmes and in strategy development, issues management, stakeholder engagement and corporate responsibility. Clients include numerous blue chip UK organisations and, as a multilingual PR practitioner, she also advises internationally at senior government level. Projects have spanned diverse countries including Poland, Samoa and Cyprus. She is a CIPR Fellow, a past chair of CIPR International, an elected member of Council and was a Board member in 2014/15. In 2016 she chaired CIPR's Professional Practices committee.


Committee members

Shirley Collyer

Shirley Collyer

Shirley Collyer joined Lansons from J.P. Morgan in 1994 and is a director and partner. She provides strategic advice to – and implements programmes for – a range of clients across the financial services industry, including now: Pensions, J.P. Morgan, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry and Societe Generale Securities Services. Shirley has worked in Spain and Belgium, speaks Spanish and French and heads the International Team at Lansons.


Alessandra Plichero

Alessandra Plichero

An international PR consultant, Alessandra specialises in advising small and medium enterprises about corporate communications. She holds an MBA, a degree in economics and she attended the London School of Journalism. Alessandra has some academic teaching experience as a guest lecturer. She assists companies in implementing communication and stakeholder engagement plans and annual and multi-year public relations strategies. She speaks Italian (Italy is her home country), English, and basic French and Spanish.

Stuart Graham

Stuart is the Finance Director of Lansons Communications LLP.  A Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, with over twenty-five years’ experience in the media & research industry, Stuart not only looks after the partnership's finances at Lansons, but also has a hand in helping run the day to day business operations.

Jason MacKenzie

Jason is vice-president, Executive Board director and Council member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, having served as president in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the CIPR and the British-American Project. He is also a Founding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner and a Chartered Marketer.
Jason is a PR and marketing strategist and trainer and has addressed conferences across the world, from Mexico City to Tehran. He frequently judges leading national PR awards, including the CIPR Excellence Awards, and is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University and guest lecturer at various universities and learning organisations.

Committed to continuing professional development, Jason holds CIPR, CIM, IPA and PRCA qualifications and an MA in Public Relations.

Flora Wilke

Having specialised in PR for the past 13 years, Flora has a strong background in content writing as well as media relations. She built respected relationships with influential journalists across a wide variety of sectors, especially in corporate and financial services. Flora is a Freelance Consultant and Associate Director, Global PR, at Ernst & Young in London, which she joined in January 2016.
Previously, she was Head of PR EMEA at London-based Mergermarket Group (now rebranded as Acuris) where she managed the reputation of its nine products that are used by investment banks, hedge funds, and corporates and well as private equity firms across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Flora holds an MA in Public Communications and Public Relations from the University of Westminster and a BA in Communications from Richmond, The American International University in London.

Virginia Vanni

Virginia is an ambitious, innovative and dedicated bilingual Account Manager at Evergreen Reputation, with an international academic and working background. At Evergreen Reputation, Virginia looks after relationships with clients such as Experience Makers and Urban Partners, the business partnership for Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras, which includes Argent, Eurostar, Google, Ted Baker, Havas Group, The Guardian amongst others, representing 10,000 employees in the area.

Previously a Junior PR and Events Manager at the Italian Chamber of Commerce, an independent network organisation counting over 500 members, Virginia was managing the online and offline visibility, as well as organising events and marketing campaigns in partnership with well known member companies from all sectors, examples including Alitalia, Fiat, Dodo-Pomellato, Reply, Lloyds, Chelsea Football Club and MSC Cruises.
Virginia holds a two-years master degree in International Relations from the University of Florence with semesters abroad at SciencesPo Paris and Freie Universitat.

Co-opted Members

Faryal Mirza

Faryal is a CIPR Accredited Practitioner, specialising in international communication in the not-for-profit sector. She is well versed in creating and implementing communication strategies, particularly within the United Nations system after almost a decade at the Universal Postal Union, a UN specialized agency.

Faryal has recently taken up a new position with the University of Bern to create and implement its first international communications strategy.

Her experience also includes external relations, advising the C-Suite and other colleagues on communication issues, managing online and offline corporate publications in multiple languages, media relations and public outreach, as well as social media.

A languages graduate of the University of Oxford, she holds postgraduate qualifications in law and communications, including the CIPR Diploma in Public Relations

Jacob Puthenparambil

Jacob started REDHILL Communications in 2014, expanding the Singapore-based PR firm into 10 cities in Asia as well as San Francisco and Berlin servicing more than 30 retained clients from finance to consumer brands.  Jacob has over a decade of experience in communications, starting his career as a researcher advising government agencies on how to better conceptualise, plan and execute their communication strategies. In 2009, he joined the Government of India’s Ministry for External Affairs as Director for Africa, Middle East, Latin America – Passports and Visas.

In 2010, he worked with ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Middle East as Senior Consultant managing clients such as Etisalat, HP, Ford Motor Company, American Express, Parrot, SAS, Total, Emaar, Air Arabia,, McDonalds, LG, ASUS, Saudi Telecom, Beiersdorf and Dubai’s EXPO 2020. In Singapore, he has held senior posts with HAVAS and Ogilvy & Mather.

 Jacob is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the Technische Universitat Dresden and has acted as a communications consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in Singapore and UN Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia.

Richard Rose

Richard is a strategic PR and communications practitioner, skilled in managing high profile stakeholder relations programmes; crisis and reputation management; and advising at Board level. He is currently on contract in Jamaica as Director, Communications and Public Education at a leading government agency.

 Richard has held senior communication management roles in the UK including Head of Communications at the Joint Council for Qualifications, where he spearheaded the national media operations for A-level and GCSE results.

Peggy Walters

Peggy has over 20 years’ corporate communications experience. She has held a number of global senior communications roles in the private and NGO sectors, with experience covering public affairs, media relations, brand campaign development as well as leadership coaching.

 A member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Peggy has connected private sector brands, academics, UN, NGOs, and governments across Africa and Asia to create global campaigns and policies. She is a recognised multi-sectoral partnership leader, whose work supports corporate social responsibility strategies and delivers business goals in support of sustainable development. Peggy is also a trustee of Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organisation.

Samantha Seewoosurrun

Samantha is a seasoned international PR professional, working across corporate, financial and government communications. She has been based in Mauritius since 2015, after working for some of the world's leading agencies and international institutions. She is Managing Director of Acuitas Communications, which was recognised as "Financial and Corporate Communications Agency of the Year 2018 - Mauritius" in the Global Business Insights Awards 2018, and Chair of the PR & Communication Technical Committee of Global Finance Mauritius, the largest financial services trade association on the island.

 Samantha has experience of directing campaigns for the Mauritian Government and offering high-level strategic advice and counsel to private sector companies, trade associations and not-for-profit institutions, leveraging insights from her past work in the European Parliament, UK House of Commons and US Congress. In terms of her corporate work, she has supported global brands in the financial services and technology sectors, as well as international clients across a range of sectors, including protection, energy, taxation, data protection, housing and construction.