Today I learnt that I have been elected to the national Council of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). I wasn’t sure I’d be successful, as I was in a strong field of 15 vying for just seven seats.
In fact, there were more candidates than in recent years – perhaps a sign of increasing interest amongst senior practitioners. However, turnout was just 7.3%. That’s pretty dismal and indicative of a disengaged and (perhaps) somewhat disillusioned membership.
I’ve served on Council once before, when I was inaugural chairman of the CIPR Channel Islands Group (2008-2011). Like all large governing bodies, especially membership organisations that rely heavily on volunteers (as well as dedicated paid staff) it can sometimes be lumbering and inefficient. My hope is that this will continue to change. CIPR president-elect Stephen Waddington has outlined 10 pledges for his 2014 term, which I support wholeheartedly.
In other news (as they say – whoever ‘they’ are)…
I turned 40 yesterday. Truly shocking. Let’s breeze past that stat.
I ran my first half marathon two weeks ago. An equally unenjoyable experience. My poor knees are still grumbling…
I started my MA in PR at BCU last month. Very stimulating – although challenging to juggle this with other commitments.
I managed to procrastinate a little more on my stage 2 CIPR Chartered PR Practitioner paper (it may need to be slotted in over Christmas or during Q1 2014). Gulp.
I’m also looking forward to becoming a Fellow of the British-American Project at its 2013 Conference in Cambridge next week. This group is fascinating, because it’s so eclectic. It aims to foster and strengthen the special friendship/transatlantic relationship. Having been through an incredibly tough selection process, I’m determined to make the most of BAP (as it’s affectionately known). Disclaimer: not everything you read about the group is true!