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CIPR Professional Standards Panel Members

The CIPR welcomes applications from members to serve on the Professional Standards Panel in the Institute’s disciplinary process.

About the Role

The Professional Standards Panel considers and adjudicates complaints against members of the CIPR made under the code of conduct. The adjudication is carried out in hearings, which take place after reasonable attempts to resolve a valid complaint informally and through conciliation have been exhausted. Panel hearings include lay members appointed for their experience in disciplinary matters.

Accordingly, members of the panels must have appropriate experience and professional standing and must be capable of working in a strictly confidential environment, processing cases involving considerable information and detail. Hearings may last for up to two days (although more commonly are completed in a single day) and require considerable preparation.

Appointment to the Panel is voluntary (not including the lay members) although the Institute will meet out of pocket expenses. Appointments are made for a fixed term by the CIPR Board of Directors.

Person Specification

1. Should be in full Membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR or FCIPR)
2. Should be in good standing, (i.e. without rulings against under them under the CIPR Code of Conduct, any similar regulatory code or any relevant laws of the land)
3. Should be able to meet a time requirement of at least four full days per year of service on disciplinary panels
4. Should be able to devote time to preparing for each hearing in advance
5. Not serving on the CIPR Council or Executive Board from the time the appointment takes effect.

6. Could have regulatory experience in other professional contexts
7. Could have experience relevant to the role (such as serving or having served as a magistrate, a member of a disciplinary committee on a school governing body or in a sporting context)

Application Process:

Please apply with a CV and single side statement, expressing how you comply with the specification, why you wish to serve on the Professional Standards Panel and what you would bring to this task, to Philip Morgan (

The successful candidates will be appointed by the CIPR Board of Directors.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 29 April 2019