We have played a prominent role as the leading professional body for public relations since we were founded in 1948 as the Institute of Public Relations (IPR). Chartered status was finally granted by the Privy Council in 2005 and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations was created.

Our governance structure is set out in our royal charter. Our Board of Directors has collective responsibility for running the CIPR. It is led by our President, elected by members for one year. The Board is advised by our Council, elected by members every two years.

CharterBy-laws and Regulations  

Council meetings

Annual General Meetings

Appendix A – Code of Conduct  

Appendix B – Regulations Governing the Complaints Procedure  

Appendix C – Rules for the Conduct of Elections


Governance review

We are reviewing our governance for the first time in 10 years to ensure the CIPR is strong, sustainable, and fit for the future. Learn more about the review and our proposals for change on this page.