The 2015 Annual General Meeting was held at 6.30pm on Monday 13 July on the SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol, BS1 6TY.
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About Sir Stephen Tallents
Sir Stephen Tallents was one of the founders of public relations in Britain and the first president of the Institute of Public Relations in 1948. He was the BBC's first controller of public relations and Deputy Director General under Lord Reith. The medal is to recognise exceptional achievements in, and contributions to, the development of PR by a CIPR member.
About Julia Hobsbawm
Julia founded and runs the knowledge networking business Editorial Intelligence, which has pioneered a new way of looking at networking in the social network era. In 2011 she was made Honorary Visiting Professor in Networking - a world first - at Cass Business School London, and in 2012 became Honorary Visiting Professor in Business networking at UCS Suffolk. Since then she has lectured and presented her views around the world to business audiences.
She spent two years as the only UK media CEO on the World Economic Forum's "brainstorm" Global Agenda Council, looking at the future of Informed Societies, and in 2012 was made 'Media Woman of the Year' by the First Women Awards. In 2014 the Foreign & Commonwealth Office invited her to join its Diplomatic Excellence Panel.
In a career which started on a Telex machine and currently includes daily updates on Twitter, Julia has been active in communications in the UK and globally during some of the most seismic changes in technology - the arrival of the internet, of 24/7 broadcasting, and of the mobile world.