Below are details of the current members of the South West Group's committee.

Executive committee

Julie Jupe MCIPR, CIPR Accredited Practitioner, Chair

Twitter: @jjupe

Julie JupeJulie 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

Company: MPAD
Address: Godolphin House, 7-8 Cathedral Lane, Truro
Telephone: 01872 321533
Twitter: @RachelPicken

Rachel PickenRachel 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

Company: Ministry of Defence
Twitter: @LaBoxall

Laura BoxallLaura 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

Company: Michelmores
Telephone: 07854 108855

Olivia BurrowOlivia 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.

Committee members

Nigel Barker, Regional Co-ordinator – Cornwall

Company: MPAD
Twitter: @nigel_mpad

Nigel BarkerNigel 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 AkielanPolly 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.

Louise Manico, MCIPR, CIPR Accredited Practitioner, Regional Co-ordinator – Devon

Company: Plymouth Community Homes
Twitter: @louisemanico

LouiseLouise works as a Communications Officer at social housing provider Plymouth Community Homes and has worked in PR since 2011. Prior to that she worked as a broadcast journalist at radio stations across Devon and Cornwall. Louise has a real passion for learning and hopes that organising events in Devon will help to encourage and fuel that in others.

Georgia Clancy, Social Media Officer

Company: Leapfrog PR

Georgia ClancyGeorgia is an Account Manager at Leapfrog PR. Here she works with companies in the food, foodservice and hospitality industries on public relations, digital media and marketing, for trade and consumer audiences. Currently working towards becoming an accredited member of the CIPR, this will be Georgia's first year on the South West committee.

Angharad Welsh, Regional Co-ordinator - Gloucestershire

Company: Gravitas PR
Twitter: @Welsh_PRAngharad Welsh

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 - GloucestershireJade Jackson-Newman

Company: Inside Media
: @JadeJackNew

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
Twitter: @byronmpr

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.