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Why I’m standing for CIPR President-Elect

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Emma Leech, CIPR President-Elect candidate 

The CIPR has been my professional reference point for almost three decades. When I was new to my job, and well before I could join as a member, it helped me to navigate my environment, learn new skills and think about my future.

I’m glad that you’ve taken the time to read this because it means you care about the Institute as much as I do.


When I became a member in 1996, having finally gained the skills and qualifications I needed via part-time study (degree, CAM certificate, CAM Diploma), the Institute put me on the path to an amazing, life-changing career. I’ve been a passionate advocate ever since.

Involved at all levels, I was a Founding Member of the Education and Skills Group in 2003, and subsequently became Secretary and then Chair and I have remained part of the Committee. I was one of the first CIPR Accredited Practitioners in 2005 and was made a Fellow in 2009, becoming one of the first Founding Chartered Practitioners later that year.

I’ve always looked to the future and the future of our profession is changing. We need to change with it.

There are challenges ahead – the convergence of disciplines, tackling pay inequality, building leadership and management skills, and encouraging communications professionals to reach the highest levels. Diversity, transparency and authenticity are critical success factors.

Find out more by taking a look at my manifesto.

I have the skills, knowledge, drive and commitment to build on the CIPR’s many strengths and the experience, insight, resilience and expertise to face the challenges ahead. Find out more about me on my website.

Finally, if you’ve made it this far – thank you.

Whether you vote for me or for another candidate, please do take the time to vote. It’s your Institute and your profession. Have your say.