LESLEY Clark, vice-president (International Client Services) at Weber Shandwick, has been elected chair of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) Scotland division.
The PRCA Scotland group brings together PR practitioners across the country, from both consultancies and in-house teams, to hear from interesting speakers, share best practice, and promote standards in PR.
The Scotland group was previously headed up by Cameron Grant of 3×1 Public Relations.
Lesley said: “I look forward to the challenges this role will present and working with other industry professionals to tackle issues and share knowledge to drive forward PR standards.
“I am passionate about raising the bar for our industry in Scotland and feel that this position with the PRCA will allow me to play a big part in this. It is a huge honour to be chosen as the chairman for the organisation.”
This new role coincides with Lesley’s promotion this week from deputy managing director of Weber Shandwick in Scotland to vice-president (International Client Services).
With over 17 years’ experience in PR, Lesley has worked at Weber Shandwick for more than ten years.
While her experience covers client management, planning and crisis for public sector, B2C and B2B clients, her new role will focus on coordinating and delivering services to clients with an international reach, through Weber Shandwick’s global network of offices.
Lesley is also chair of the Edinburgh branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD).
Francis Ingham, Chief Executive of the PRCA, said: “Scotland has a great history of innovation and the PR community embodies that spirit of creativity. We are grateful to Cameron for his energetic leadership of the PRCA’s Scotland group and delighted that Lesley has been elected to drive the group forward; her insight and experience will be a great asset.
“PR practitioners across the UK are facing similar challenges. Sharing ideas accelerates learning and helps those who are a part of the community to raise themselves above those who go it alone. This is a more competitive and professional industry than ever so we must keep evolving and we look forward to working with Lesley to achieve this.”
The PRCA currently has six regional groups beyond the Scotland group. These span the regions of the UK and seek to address concerns of PRCA members operating beyond the London.
Other regional groups are: Midlands, South East and East Anglia, South-West and Wales, Yorkshire & Humberside, North-West England and Northern Ireland.
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About the PRCA
Founded in 1969, the PRCA is the professional body that represents UK PR consultancies, in-house communications teams and PR freelancers. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and internal communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations. All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry’s behalf e.g. fighting the NLA’s digital licence. The PRCA represents many of the major consultancies in the UK, and currently has more than 230 agency members from around the world including the majority of the top 100 UK.
PRCA Contact – Reda Haq, Digital/Communications Executive – email@example.com / 020 7233 6026
About Weber Shandwick Scotland
Weber Shandwick has four offices in Scotland: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.
Weber Shandwick contact: Jennifer Butler, 0131 556 6649 / 07770 886937 firstname.lastname@example.org
About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations agency with offices in 77 countries around the world. The firm’s success is built on its deep commitment to client service, our people, creativity, collaboration and harnessing the power of Advocates – engaging stakeholders in new and creative ways to build brands and reputation. Weber Shandwick provides strategy and execution across practices such as consumer marketing, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate and crisis management. Its specialized services include digital/social media, advocacy advertising, market research, and corporate responsibility.
In 2009, Weber Shandwick was recognised as PRWeek’s inaugural Global Agency Report Card Gold Medal Winner, an ‘Agency of the Decade’ by Advertising Age, Global Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report, and International Consultancy of the Year by PRWeek UK.
The firm has also won numerous ‘best place to work’ awards around the world including PR News and The Holmes Report. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit http://www.webershandwick.com.
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