Below are details of the current members of the South West Group's committee.
Julie Jupe MCIPR, CIPR Accredited Practitioner, Chair
Julie has considerable experience of working in public sector communications. She has held a variety of roles in organisations such as local government, National Rivers Authority and in the Environment Agency. She played a leading role in handling the communications around the storms and flooding of 2013 and 2014. She set up her own company in the summer of 2014, and is working for a public sector organization and lending her experience to the regional Local Resilience Forum (LRF). She has been a member of the CIPR since her student days and studying for her CAM certificate, and lives just outside Bristol.
Rachel Picken, MCIPR, Chair Elect
Rachel runs Cornwall-based agency MPAD with husband Mark, employing a small team in Truro. Having trained as a newspaper journalist, Rachel has nine year's experience in media relations. She also works in brand consultancy, marketing consultancy and communications strategy, with a special interest in the third sector and evaluating impact of communications.
Laura Boxall MCIPR, CIPR Accredited Practitioner, Secretary
Laura is a communications professional with 12 years' experience working for central government departments in a range of marketing, strategic, and internal communications roles. Currently leading financial communications to employees within the MOD, she has previously worked on public-facing campaigns on subjects including immigration, police recruitment and consumer rights. Laura gained a Masters in Public Relations from the University of the Arts, London in 2008. She has been a member of the CIPR since 2006 and joined the CIPR SW Committee in 2014 as Newsletter and Web Editor.
Olivia Burrow, Treasurer
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Olivia is Corporate Communications Manager at law firm Michelmores LLP. She has experience working both in-house and agency side. As Treasurer, Olivia supports the South West group by managing group finances around regional events and budget setting. Olivia joined the CIPR South West Committee in 2013.
Nigel Barker, Regional Co-ordinator – Cornwall
Nigel joins the CPIR South West committee as Cornwall co-ordinator. He is a senior content manager at Cornish creative agency MPAD. Prior to working in PR Nigel was a broadcast journalist and drive-time presenter for Atlantic FM. He has been working with digital and social media for over 25 years now and is always keen to explore new and creative avenues for story telling and content delivery.
Nigel also lectures at Falmouth University on audiences and presentation skills and will write three word straplines for food.
Polly Akielan, Regional Co-ordinator – Bristol
Company: PamLloyd Food Marketing & PR
Polly is an Account Manager at PamLloyd Food Marketing & PR, where, alongside fellow food-lovers she helps promote food and drink brands to consumer and trade audiences. She loves nothing more than seeing client coverage come in or creating a buzz on the social channels the team run. She has joined the CIPR to help bring fun and informative events to Bristol audiences and is currently working on becoming an Accredited Practitioner.
Sarah Gleadall, MCIPR, Regional Co-ordinator – Devon
Sarah currently works freelance as a Communications Consultant specialising in the non-profit sector, including charities and social enterprises.
She has around 20 years' experience in communications. Previously she was Head of Communications for British Red Cross (South East Territory) and Plymouth Community Homes. She has also worked in senior communications roles for a national homelessness charity, a London local authority and has worked as a freelance PR in Sydney.
Sarah enjoys strategic communications helping organisations make impact for communities. She is driven about the role of communications at Board and senior management level. She is a fairly new member of CIPR and working towards becoming chartered. She is based in Tavistock, Devon.
Angharad Welsh, Regional Co-ordinator - Gloucestershire
Company: Gravitas PR
Angharad is a SAM at Gravitas PR in Cheltenham, with eight years experience handling consumer campaigns, reputation management and crisis comms for clients across the UK and Europe. Before moving to PR, Angharad worked as a radio journalist in South Wales. She contributed to both 'My #PRstack' books and #FuturePRoof in 2015 and currently writes for local magazine The Cheltonian in her spare time. This is her first year working with the CIPR and she is looking forward to organising events that inspire the Gloucestershire cohort to do great things for themselves and their clients!
Jade Jackson-Newman, Regional Co-ordinator - Gloucestershire
Company: Inside Media
Jade is a PR consultant with seven years communications experience in many industries such as automotive, travel, food and drink, lifestyle and not-for-profit - from global brands to small, local businesses.
Jade loves the wide variety that working in communications brings as well as making many connections that lead to opportunities for herself, others and vice versa. It's what you know - and who you know!
As regional Gloucestershire co-ordinator she is looking forward to bringing like-minded professionals together to discuss ideas and obstacles, as well as offer them the chance to learn something new.
Byron Price, MCIPR, Web and Newsletter Editor
Company: L-3 TRL Technology
Byron has 15 years' experience across the communications mix including PR, media, internal communications, brand development, business-to-business marketing and stakeholder communications. He is currently Communications Executive at L-3 TRL Technology and has previously worked in a range of public and education sector roles. As well as his PR work, Byron has volunteered for Friends of the Earth and a local community radio station. Byron is a new member of the CIPR South West Committee joining the group in 2016.