In February 1948, the Institute of Public Relations was formed by a small group of local government practitioners with a vision to share and develop ideas, to build trust, and ultimately create a more professional PR practice.
While the challenges that our members face today are ever-changing and different from those of our founding members in post-war times, our vision remains constant.
In our 75th year, we will bring our global membership community together to celebrate the contribution of members to the public relations profession and to society over the decades - and to look to our exciting future.
What's on for the 75th anniversary
CPD 75 points challenge
To mark the CIPR's 75th anniversary and kickstart the new CPD year, we’re encouraging members to take on the CPD 75 Points Challenge and go the extra distance this CPD year.
Log 75 CPD points by midnight Friday 22 December 2023 and you will receive a digital badge and certificate for completing the challenge. You could also win one of three crisis or ESG on-demand training courses up for grabs for you or someone else (worth up to £250 + VAT). T&Cs apply.
Commit to the challenge by downloading and sharing the challenge graphics on social media using #CIPR75. Let us know what your CPD focus is this year and remember to tag us!
events coming soon
4 October: CIPR International, Maggie Nally 2023 Lecture with Melissa Fleming, the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the United Nations.
Anniversary launch event
More than 150 guests joined us in London's Fleet Street on Thursday 2 February 2023 to celebrate 75 years of the CIPR. Thank you to everyone who came along to St Bride's Church and Humble Grape to commemorate our tremendous journey so far and look to the future of our profession.
Special thanks to our host, CIPR President Steve Shepperson-Smith, and our guest speakers:
- Anne Gregory Hon FCIPR, Professor of Corporate Communication, University of Huddersfield (CIPR President 2004)
From the IPR to the CIPR: Why Chartered status matters
Read Anne's speech.
- Avril Lee MCIPR, Head of Health Europe, Zeno Group (Chair of CIPR Diversity & Inclusion Network)
Belonging: Building an inclusive profession
Read Avril's speech.
- Simon Lewis OBE Hon FCIPR, Vice Chair EMEA, FTI Consulting (IPR President 1997)
More spinned against than spinning. What the 90s taught us about public relations
Read Simon's speech.
- Aimee Postle, Trustee, Iprovision
A preview of the Iprovision 75 social mobility fund
Read Aimee's speech.
- Kevin Traverse-Healy, Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of the City of Westminster (IPR President 1985)
Recollections of the IPR's earlier days
Read Kevin's speech.
You can view photos from the event online with password CIPR75.
PR campaigns that changed the world
Celebrating our 75th anniversary, we went in search of the ultimate public relations campaign that changed the world. A panel of experts curated campaigns from 1948 to the present, each demonstrating the enduring power of PR in driving positive change and shaping history.
Following a public vote, the campaign that received the most votes was the 2000-2009 campaign to launch the iPhone.
Virtual time capsule
The CIPR's remarkable 75-year journey wouldn't have been possible without the commitment and contribution of our members. We have created a virtual time capsule to capture the defining moments of this monumental year and to give you a space to share your messages and memories.
Share your #CIPR75 messages and photographs so that future members can look back with pride at the impact the CIPR had on our community, the public relations profession and on society at this time.
The CIPR Podcast Editorial Board have produced four Engage podcasts dedicated to the CIPR's 75th anniversary and the evolution of PR.
Episode 11: Reflections on tech, diversity and entering the profession
Episode 12: What's the Value of Brand?
Episode 14: The rise of spin and celebrity
Horizon 15: The future of PR and comms
Your #CIPR75 moments on social media