Portrait picture of Mandy Pearse

Voting opens at 5pm today (Monday 2 Sept 2019) for the CIPR Presidential election. Find out more about the election, its two great candidates and their election statements on the CIPR elections page.

The Local Public Services Committee is supporting Mandy Pearse FCIPR, our group Chair, for a host of reasons. They include the depth of her platform, her strong narrative, senior CIPR experience, her commitment to diversity and inclusion – the list goes on.

Mandy has approached the campaign in a positive and detailed way. Her vision is to lead a modern PR movement that values diversity, positions public relations as a profession integral to organisational success and ensures the sustainability of the CIPR.

This is laudable, and it is made truly convincing by the depth of thought in her robust blog content supporting it. By following up with six clear pledges and a variety of thought pieces and videos, Mandy has shown the qualities of a great PR – she can strategise and see the big picture, and can back up her words with tangible actions that bring a strategy to life, moving well beyond the realm of the soundbite.

For those of us who have worked with Mandy it comes as no surprise. We know her to be thoughtful, dedicated and tenacious in her pursuit of high professional standards. Her 10 years of volunteer experience, CIPR Board seat and five years on the CIPR Council (the governing body on the Institute) have given her experience of navigating CIPR structures in ways that enable her to make a positive difference. This quality is vital in the presidency and will enable Mandy to deliver on her pledges.

We believe Mandy’s experience in several sectors, in-house, out-of-house and as a freelancer enable her to represent the diverse needs of modern practitioners, borne of first-hand understanding. Similarly, she knows that the work of Groups and volunteers is vital, having lived it and become more than familiar with the challenges they face.

Her commitments to make membership better value, increase training opportunities, reach out to the regions, make the CIPR a true thought leader in emerging trends and create a research fund show a truly rounded professional who knows PR from the boardroom through to the grassroots.

Use your vote

The LPS Committee warmly encourages all CIPR members of vote in the election, whoever their preferred candidate is. You will receive an email from UK-Engage today (Monday 2 Sept 2019) with details and instructions, so check your inbox and any overactive spam filters, junk mail folders or automatic filtering.

Don’t delay – get voting as soon as polls open! Voting will close on Monday 16 September at 5pm.

Poster for election with links to statements and LPS support