The Channel Islands’ Group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has a new Committee to lead the group for the year ahead.
Jersey-based William Church, director of sales and marketing at The Jersey Royal Company has taken over as chairman from Mark Oliphant who had led the group for two years. Guernsey-based Nichole Culverwell, owner of Black Vanilla, has been elected as vice-Chair role, taking over from Natasha Egré.
Jim Anderson from the States of Guernsey will continue as secretary with Hannah Carolan of HSBC taking over as treasurer. Brooke Kenyon and Dan Gallienne from Orchard PR, Hannah Shellswell from Freedom Media, Allan Watts of Orchid, Guy Le Maistre from Exposure PR and Miss Egré, who has just started a new role at Marbral Advisory were all re-elected.
Guernsey-based Katrina Bray from Ravenscroft was elected for her third time on committee. Miss Bray has 12 years of experience in PR, and before that was a journalist for The Guernsey Press. Katrina was the first secretary of the Channel Islands group when it was formed in 2008.
‘We celebrated our 10thanniversary last year with a superb dinner in Jersey following a very successful Forum and over the last decade have run dozens of events for PR professionals in the islands. We currently have 58 members and are extremely proud of the statistic that the group boasts more Chartered PR Practitioners in its ranks by percentage of total membership than any other regional group,’ said Mr Church.
The broad aims for the coming year are three-fold:
- To increase the number of local members
- To once again offer a programme of events that will support the local membership in both islands with continual professional development, and to encourage members to #getchartered
- To engage with professionals and professional bodies across different industries
This year the regional group has already held a ‘Meet the editor’ event in each island with James Filleul of Bailiwick Express, and a charity quiz in Jersey to raise money for both Cancer Research UK Jersey and iprovision, the charity that was set up in 1965 to support CIPR members and colleagues past and present who are currently suffering hardship.
The committee is in the process of finalising plans for the full programme of CPD events that will run over the course of the rest of the year, and the highlight will once again be the Channel Islands’ PR Forum.
‘This year our annual Channel Islands PR Forum will take place in Guernsey on 26 September. The date is confirmed, the venue booked and I’m delighted to also be able announce that we will be joined by this year’s CIPR President Emma Leech. So, please ‘Save the date’ and specific details about the theme and list of all speakers involved will follow shortly,’ said Mr Church.
‘Each year, the Forum has attracted an enviable line up of high-calibre speakers and this year will be no different. We hope that PR professionals from other regions will also attend the event, and to boost that we offered a free place as a raffle prize at last year’s south west region PRide awards and hope the winner will be the first of many to join us.’