Committee

WPR Committee

Women in PR is run by an elected committee, who represent the diversity of our membership. You can find out more about them and their experience and passions below.

Bibi Hilton MPRCA

President

Managing Director, Golin

Bibi Hilton

I am passionate about improving gender equality in our industry. In my four years as Golin MD, I have introduced returnships, flexible working and mentoring with the result that Golin is the only large agency with a reverse gender pay gap in favour of women. I work a 4 day week and am proud to have been included on Management Today’s Part-Time Power List in 2017 and recognised as one of the 14 most influential women in communications by PR Week.

To my younger self I would say….

“Don’t be intimidated, everyone else is just faking it til they make it too”

Claire Foster Chart. PR, Dip CIPR, MCIPR

Vice President

Senior communications manager, financial and corporate, Direct Line Group

Claire Foster

Senior communications manager, financial and corporate, Direct Line Group

Headline Money PR Professional of the Year

PRCA In-House Professional of the Year

CIPR Outstanding In-House Team

PRCA In-house Team of the Year

PR Week Issues and Crisis Management

PR Moment Financial Services Campaign of the Year

With 15 years’ experience, both agency and in-house, I currently work in external affairs for Direct Line Group, a FTSE 100 insurer with brands such as Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege Insurance in its portfolio.

To my younger self I would say…..

“Invest in CPD. Be kind and respectful to everyone. Be curious – is there a better way of doing things? Keep being creative. Pass it on – when you have help from others it might be difficult to pay it back so pay it forward.”

Nicola Hyde MPRCA

WPR Treasurer

Independent Consultant,

Nicola Hyde

With extensive experience in PR and communications built over a number of years, I have held senior positions in global agencies, co-founded an award-winning consultancy and run high profile national and international campaigns across a wide range of industry sectors including not for profit.  I now work with SMEs, coaches, am a charity Chair and on the Executive Committee of Global Women in PR.

To my younger self I would say….

“It’s your life so make it work for you; don’t be afraid of challenges, enjoy the opportunities and appreciate the people you meet.”

Jane Baerselman MPRCA

Events Secretary

Director, Teal Communications

Jane Baerselman

Food and drink communications and events organisation has been my specialism for over 20 years, so coordinating the many seminars, panel debates, media lunches and drinks events is a natural fit and delivers exciting and engaging networking occasions for the members of Women in PR.  We look forward to seeing you at one soon.

To my younger self I would say…

“See every challenge as an opportunity, don’t put anything off until tomorrow and life’s too short to drink rubbish wine.”

Nicky Regazzoni

Women in PR mentoring programme co-lead

Co-founder, The PR Network

Nicky Regazzoni

I’m co-founder of The PR Network, which I run via a job share with George – we also job share our WPR Committee role! I have 20 years’ experience in b2b, b2c and corporate PR.

To my younger self I would say…

“Have confidence and faith in yourself and follow your heart – in life, and in business.”

George Blizzard

Women in PR mentoring programme co-lead

The PR Network, Co-Founder

George Blizzard

I’ve run The PR Network for 13 years alongside Nicky Imrie, and bring my experience running international PR programmes and working with talented senior women all over the world to the committee.

To my younger self I would say…..

“Try and find a job that you enjoy every day and not settle for anything less.”

Ebony Gayle

Member benefits secretary

Accredited independent PR & Communications specialist & owner of Ebony Gayle Communications,

Ebony Gayle

Accredited independent PR & Communications specialist & owner of  Ebony Gayle Communications

I am an author and accredited PR and Communications Specialist, with well over a decade of experience advising, overseeing and implementing PR and marketing communication strategies and campaigns. I have worked across a variety of industries including, start-ups, health and fitness, entertainment, leisure and more. I am a volunteer for the CIPR and co-founder of the CIPR Independents Network. I am also a regular contributing writer, presenter and producer for the 5x award winning online magazine Inspire LS.

To my younger self I would say…..

“There’s only one you! Go for what you want in life, you are your only limit and have the power to create the life you desire.”

Anna Geffert

Partnership/Sponsorship Secretary

Associate Partner, Newgate Communications

Anna Geffert

I have worked agency side for over ten years and I joined WIPR on the mentoring programme shortly after the birth of my son three years ago. I was so inspired by the objective and considered support and advice I received that I knew I had to be a part of this truly empowering and passionate group of women.

To my younger self I would say…

“Have confidence in yourself and it’s ok to fail – it’s sometimes the only way to learn.”

Sarah Samee

Women in PR blog editor & marketing

Group Head of communications, Lloyd's Register

Sarah Samee

I am Group Head of External Communications at Lloyd’s Register, a global professional services company specialising in engineering and technology solutions that improve the safety and performance of critical infrastructures for clients in over 75 countries. With over 18 years’ strategic communications experience, both public and private sector, in-house and consultancy, I started my PR career at Barclays and have since held senior roles at the Metropolitan Police Service, Home Office and most recently as Head of Communications at Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service.   My passion is helping organisations identify their true social purpose and I have been privileged to work on issues-based campaigns as diverse as FGM, human trafficking and serious youth violence to fraud and now climate change.

To my younger self I would say….

“Don’t feel so pressurised to fit in with others – it’s okay to be you. You’re pretty awesome!”

Abbie Sampson

Social media lead

Director of External Affairs, Energy UK

Abbie Sampson

A media handling, strategic communications and public affairs specialist with extensive experience in the private, public and charitable sectors, I have previously held roles in 10 Downing Street and at the consumer group Which?.

To my younger self I would say….

“Trust your instincts and always voice your opinion, even – or rather especially – when you are the only one in the room with that view.”

Ali Jeremy MPRCA

Committee Member

Director of Marketing and Communications, NSPCC

Ali Jeremy

I work at the NSPCC as Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to this role I was Director of Communications at BT Retail and BBC Worldwide. I spent my early career in agencies.

To my younger self I would say….

“Feel the fear – it’s good for you”

Jo-ann Robertson

Committee Member

CEO, Ketchum UK

Jo-ann Robertson

Having spent 16 years in global consultancies, I am proud to be one of the few big agency female CEO’s in the UK. With a background in corporate communications, sustainability, and issues and crisis, I have worked across most sectors and industries. I am passionate about bringing increased diversity to our industry as this is what delivers the best work for clients and makes the workplace stronger.

To my younger self I would say….

“Life is great, don’t get distracted by the lows, focus on getting back to the high.”

Ruth Allchurch

Committee Member

Managing Director, WE UK

Ruth Allchurch

Chairman PRCA Consumer Group

I’ve spent the last 25 years in consumer PR both agency side and in-house with Diageo, working with some incredibly talented women across the industry. I’m excited to meet the members of Women in PR and our future female leaders at upcoming events, networking sessions and through our mentoring programme.

To my younger self I would say…

“Always strive to step outside your comfort zone – you’re so much more capable than you realise.”

Kate Clark

Membership Secretary

Founder & Director, KCPR KateClarkPR

Kate Clark

My PR career which spans over 25 years, has offered me opportunities to work with and champion some very talented women. In both agency and in-house roles, I have thrived on witnessing some of the best become even better. Today as director of an independent consultancy which tailors teams for clients by bringing in only senior media relations and social media consultants, I am looking forward to influencing the debate around women’s position within the industry.

To my younger self I would say…

“Be brave. Don’t be afraid to make a change. Seize opportunities quickly – to grow and thrive. And know that you are capable of infinitely more than you are doing today.”

Davnet Doran

Deputy Treasurer

Consultant,

Davnet Doran

I know I’m lucky. I continue to be happy with my career in PR and I’m more than two decades in.

But whilst it’s an industry that I admire, one all about people, relationships, big thinking and creativity, it has a major flaw: it’s still staggeringly male and white at the very top. Women in PR play a significant role in addressing this and I’m thrilled, honoured and fired up, to play a role in achieving balance and equality (for all) in an industry I love.

To my younger self I would say…

“Failure and f*ck ups are inevitable if you want to try new things. Embrace them! It’s the twists and turns that will make you resilient and provide you with the biggest lessons.”

Kat McGettigan

Committee Secretary

Head of Consumer, Grayling

Kat McGettigan

Rachel Moss Chart. PR

Founder and Co-President, WPR Cymru

Head of Communications, Wales Audit Office

Rachel Moss

CIPR Cymru Committee member
CIPR PRide Awards judge
CIPR ‘Public Sector Team of the Year’, ‘Best Corporate and Business Campaigns’, ‘Best Internal Communications’ & ‘Best Event’
UK Public Sector Communications Award winner

I lead an award-winning, integrated PR and marketing team, delivering internal and external communications, publishing and design services for the public sector watchdog. A former TV journalist for 10 years, I worked as a Reporter and Presenter for ITN, Five News, Meridian TV and the BBC before moving into PR in 2005. I’m a Chartered PR Practitioner and Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

To my younger self I would say …

“Be your authentic self in work and proud of who you are. Never stop learning and embrace failure as character building. Always support others to be their very best too.”

Laurian Hubbard Chart. PR

Founder and Co-President, WPR Cymru

Brexit Campaign lead in Cabinet Office, UK Government

Laurian Hubbard

I am a Chartered PR Practitioner with over ten years’ experience in PR and communications for both the private and public sector, now leading on strategy and audience-led campaign delivery in the Brexit Communication Centre in Cabinet Office. I have worked in a variety of press, marketing and communications roles including the public sector in Australia, Welsh Government and the Chambers of Commerce. I am passionate about Continual Professional Development and helping others achieve their goals and aspirations.

Roles and Awards:  CIPR Council member, CIPR Cymru committee member, GCS Wales and South West committee member, CIPR 2016 Outstanding Young Communicator, Head Judge for CIPR Cymru PRide awards

To my younger self I would say:

“don’t be afraid to ask – if you don’t ask, you don’t get.”


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