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Why I’m running for a place on CIPR Council – Vote Naomi

Why I’m running for a place on CIPR Council – Vote Naomi

I’m delighted to announce that I am running as a candidate in the CIPR elections for a place on Council via the open list.

I would like to thank my wonderful nominators for supporting my candidacy – Dr Sarah Roberts-Bowman, Advita Patel, Teela Clayton, Adam Driver and Max Tatton-Brown.

Please find my candidate statement below and do get in touch with any questions.


Hi, I’m Naomi and I am standing as a candidate for CIPR Council, to champion the voices of new entrants and underrepresented members at Council level, and throughout the Institute.

We’ve got to make a change

Earlier this year the CIPR released the State of the Profession 2020, it was reported that 9% of respondents were from a BME background, painting a rather dire picture about the diversity within our industry, along with other key findings.

As a black woman, I am one of the 9%, and during my time as a CIPR member I have seen the lack of diversity across our decision-making groups, not just from an ethnicity perspective, but when considering the diversity of thought.

Why I’m running for CIPR Council

Did you know that 23% of the CIPR membership is made up by those up to the age of 34? As a CIPR volunteer and younger member, I’m grateful for the exposure I have had to the inner workings of the Institute.

However, I have often wondered how we can get newer entrants, career changers and others involved in the variety of fantastic opportunities offered by the CIPR.

I have met some brilliant PR practitioners who have helped me to understand the CIPR more. But that’s the point, if it weren’t for these individuals, I would find it difficult to navigate the various intricacies of the Institute. Accessibility is fundamental for improving the representation of diverse voices.

Making an impact

It’s not about getting into the CIPR, it’s about getting involved and making an impact. If elected onto the Council, I would like to collaborate with Council representatives to:

  • Champion new entrants and underrepresented members
  • Make it easier for members that are not familiar with the formal governance structures, to understand the decisions being made about their Institute
  • Review the value proposition for new entrants and underrepresented members, tailoring the CIPR experience for them.

Get in touch + Vote Naomi

With COVID-19 permanently in the backdrop, budgets shrinking and a new shift to digital, now is the time to rethink how we can innovatively deliver value to our 10,000 members, as well as including key groups into the heart of decision making at the CIPR.

If you would like to speak to me to discuss my statement or candidacy, please get in touch with me via LinkedIn or Twitter.

About Me

I joined the CIPR a year ago, I became an Accredited PR Practitioner in eight months, I was elected as Vice Chair of the Knowledge Panel, and I am a member of the Local Public Services Committee.

During my time at university, I served Coventry University Students’ Union for four years. During this time, I was elected as Business + Law Faculty Chair representing 5000 students at the highest levels within the University. I was also elected onto Student Council, the Executive Committee and I served on the Board for a year.

Vote Naomi MG Smith for CIPR Council. #VoteNaomi

You can find out further information about the 2020 CIPR Elections via the CIPR website.