Mandy and Jen picturedCIPR Local Public Sector committee members Mandy Pearse and Jennifer Robson led a workshop on engagement this month.

They focused on communications work in the North East of England and Plymouth. The session was delivered by the CIPR LPS for the CIPR’s North East Conference on 13 July 2018 in Newcastle.

Mandy Pearse MCIPR, Chair of the LPS Group, shared examples from the local plan at Plymouth including ways of making information easier to understand and using humour. She said: “There was a great discussion from delegates at our workshop.”

Jennifer talked about behaviour change within organisations to ensure consultations are meaningful and not just a tick box exercise. She said: “influence and credibility with the management team is critical.”

Lynda Fothergill, a CIPR member who attended, said: “Mandy and Jennifer delivered an engaging session on public consultation with an emphasis on avoiding tick box exercises and potential judicial review. Highlights were an acknowledgment around the frustrations and resilience needed when faced with requests to deliver professional and engaging consultations within unrealistically tight deadlines and budgets.”

She added: “Highlights for me were Mandy’s sofa consultations out in shopping centres and community areas, and the WTF campaign targeted at young people.”

CIPR NE conference logo

If you missed the CIPR NE Conference 2018, check out the Twitter feed at #CIPRNorthernConf or the @CIPRLPS Twitter stream for the coverage from committee members during the event.

The CIPR LPS group represents those working or supporting the public services in regions across the UK. The committee works to put on events, support and meetings in different locations to help connect with members. This year the committee has met in London, Leeds and Newcastle, as well as having a number of conference calls to enable involvement from its representatives UK-wide. If you are interested in supporting the work of the CIPR LPS or assisting with an event, contact the committee.


More on the public sector

Jennifer Robson MCIPR, Head of Communications for the North East Enterprise Partnership and Liz Davies MCIPR, Head of Communications at South Tyneside & City Hospitals, Sunderland NHS Foundation Trusts give their views on how public sector communicators can continue to deliver value under tight budget constraints.

> Podcast by CIPR LPS Committee Member Jen Robson (SoundCloud)



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