Mandy Pearse explores the importance of the CIPR elections for its members.

Voting for the CIPR President, Treasurer and Council members starts on 12 September 2016.

In 2014 the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) held its first elections for Council members. I was fortunate to be nominated by the Local Public Service group and elected to Council.

CIPR Council has an important role to play in shaping the direction of the Institute.

We scrutinise and, where needed, we challenge the decisions of the Board and employed staff. We debate important issues, we develop best practice and policy, and we ensure the CIPR focuses on the needs of its members.

It sounds easy but all members of Council give up significant amounts of time to attend meetings and do work in between. When you are thinking about voting for the candidates for Council, you need to be confident that the people you vote for can and will be able to put in the time.



I would encourage all members to play an active part in their institute and that includes voting. We have three great candidates for president, a strong filed in the open list and some great regional candidates. You can read all the candidate statements.

Public service group candidate

I’m really honoured that my colleagues on the CIPR’s Local Public Services group chose me to stand again as their candidate. I have a clear platform

As there were eight sectoral group candidates and eight places available, I have been re-elected unopposed. This is good on one level because it means public sector members, one of the largest groups, will have a voice at the table.

But I was hoping to be able to talk with many practitioners through the campaign and am keen to still do so. Please do get in touch.

I’m keen to hear the views of public sector practitioners. What do you think the key issues are for the CIPR to address?  Please email me at or tweet me @mandypearse

A bit about me

I spent more than 20 years in-house delivering public service communications spanning PR, marketing, market research, engagement, internal communications, media relations and digital. I work with public sector organisations as consultant and train both officers and elected members so I am in touch with the live issues in the sector.

I have served for five years on LPS committee (two as Vice Chair) and the last two years on the CIPR Council. I get things done, from running two focus groups last year to contributing to the Influence for Impact report and delivering a Crisis Communications Workshop for CIPR SW. I have a 100% attendance record at CIPR Council meetings, so you know I will be there voicing your views and actively taking part.

More information

The links below go to the CIPR’s website

CIPR Council Elections 2016

CIPR Elections – general information



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