Stephen Waddington CIPR President 2014 Admiral PR

Stephen Waddington named CIPR President for 2014

In this post taken from Stephen’s blog, Two-Way Street, the new President-elect discusses what happens next in helping to develop the CIPR:

What happens next
In the coming weeks and months there is much work to do to support the current President Sue Wolstenholme in addressing current priorities.

Thereafter I have made my plan clear through my ten pledges throughout the campaign.

I want to seek to engage with the Council – the CIPR’s governing body – to discuss the opportunity to use Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a means to drive up standards in the profession.

Second, I want to engage Accredited and Chartered Practitioners in a conversation about how we establish these accreditations as a benchmark for excellence with employers and other members.

Third, I want to connect directly with members and listen to their concerns through a monthly discussion via Twitter.

A long-term plan
I set out an ambitious plan as part of my campaign and I’m almost certainly not going to get it all done. But I’ll make a good start.

I hope that the campaign has inspired members to recognise the opportunity that the public relations profession faces and that they will play their part in the CIPR’s continuing modernisation.

An immediate priority is the recruitment of a new CEO and the search for a President for 2015.

I also hope that the campaign has inspired some of the people that aren’t members but got involved in the debates and discussions along the way either online or offline, to sign-up to membership.

“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”
I owe a lot of people a lot of thanks for their help with the campaign. […]Thanks to everyone that voted for me. All 475 of you. You made a difference.

The real hard work starts now.

Congratulations Stephen. I speak for the whole team when I wish you the very best of luck in your future endeavours as President of the Institute, and look forward to your continued work at Admiral PR.

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