CIPR volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation.  There are always new opportunities to get involved and you'll find all the details of our latest roles on this page.

Diverse perspectives and experiences matter to us at the CIPR and together we recognise that we can build a stronger, more diverse PR profession that represents the communities we serve. Help us to reshape our profession through volunteering at the CIPR. 

Learn more about our commitment to improving equity, diversity and inclusion in the profession. 
 

 

For non-CIPR members: Volunteers Sought for CIPR Nominations Committee

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is seeking expressions of interest before 14 June 2024 from volunteers who are not CIPR members to join our new Nominations Committee.  We are looking for people with experience in recruitment/selection of directors, trustees, governors or similar positions of responsibility in any profession or sector outside of PR. 

The committee will begin its work in July and will be responsible for considering prospective candidates to serve on the CIPR Council and Board, and determining which of them should go forward onto the ballot for member voting.  The bulk of the work for 2024 will fall in September.  It is expected that the committee will meet on five or six occasions in 2024, and there will be work reviewing prospective candidates for CIPR position in between meetings.  This is a new committee dealing with a new function, so how it approaches its work will be fore the committee members themselves to determine. 

The Nominations Committee will have seven members, including a non-member chair and two other non-members serving alongside four CIPR members. This committee is being established following a governance review that we are completing in the coming months. 

If you wish to express an interest in volunteering for this role, please contact Eva Mota at [email protected] before 14 June and send her your LinkedIn profile with your expression of interest. If you wish to be considered for the role of chair of the committee, please indicate this on your expression of interest. Diverse perspectives and experiences matter to us at the CIPR and we're committed to building a diverse panel to ensure fair representation for all.  We welcome expressions of interest from individuals of all backgrounds and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and flexible ways of working.

It is important to us that our community is inclusive and that we are represented in all our diversity. You will not be asked to complete our diversity monitoring form along with your expression of interest, but if you are invited to make a full application we will ask you to do this. 

 

Standing for President, Board and Council

Elections for President and seats on our Board take place every other year. Council elections take place every other year, where there is a formal call for nominations around September, and candidates have to be participating in CIPR CPD and able to meet other eligibility criteria to stand.
The next Council elections will take place in July 2024.
Recent President-Elect (2024) elections have been closed.  Please click here for more information .

 

 

Call for expressions of interest to serve on Standing Committees - Professional Practices Committee

The Professional Practices Committee (PPC) is a committee of the CIPR Board of Directors. Membership is open to members of the CIPR Council and Board and other co-opted members who must be approved by the CIPR Board and Council. CIPR Members of the PPC should be either an Accredited Practitioner or a Chartered Practitioner.

We are currently seeking new members to join the PPC and support with our ambitious work plan for 2024 and beyond. Provisional topics include training, learning and development for remote and hybrid workers; incorporating side hustles and portfolio careers; maintaining professional practice during a cost of living challenge; AI, ESG and EDI/DEIB; as well as professional and ethical communication during elections and periods of social, political and economic unrest. 

This is your chance to advise the Board on policy on the promotion and application of the CIPR Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct supports the CIPR’s role as defined in the Royal Charter in terms: “…to promote for the public benefit high levels of skill, knowledge, competence, and standards of practice and professional conduct on the part of public relations practitioners.”

We are particularly seeking new members from traditionally underrepresented groups and want to ensure that we have a diverse community of voices advocating for the CIPR community on this important standing committee. 

For a confidential and informal chat, please get in touch with PPC Chair, Aimee Postle, via Eva Mota, Governance Officer and Executive Assistant to CEO - [email protected] 

 

Group volunteer opportunities

CIPR Groups represent the views and needs of members across the UK, overseas and in wide ranging industry sectors and disciplines.  Many groups appoint their committees at their AGM's in September and October so it's worth getting in touch with our Groups a few months in advance if you're keen to serve on a committee.
 

Local Public Services
The group are looking for a creative communicator to:

Manage social channels 
Develop a content calendar 
Create social content including visuals
Produce a monthly newsletter

You will have a team of senior communicators to organise. 

In return you get a grateful network of PR people, a great chance to build a portfolio for your CV and training opportunities. If you are interested in this role or would like to receive any more information, please contact Mandy Pearse.

 

Crisis Communications Network

Would you like to join our happy and successful team? We are looking for a Social Media Manager. 

The CIPR Crisis Communications Network exists to promote excellence and share best practice in crisis communications. With more than 750 members in 34 countries, we are one of the CIPR’s most popular groups. We have now a vacancy for a Social Media Manager to manage our social media activity. If you join us, you will be part of a close-knit team of 7 other volunteers and have one direct report.
 
Your responsibilities will include:
Overall strategy and direction for social media channels
Content planning including frequency of posts and monitoring of engagement
Co-creation of content
Crisis communication social media strategy development
Coordination and supervision of social media executive
Analytics and performance tracking
Staying updated on current events, industry trends, and social media best practices
Conducting research for content ideas and crisis communication strategies
Generating new follower leads via social engagement
Use own channels to amplify CCN content and activities

This is a voluntary role, without payment, which is likely to take a minimum of 6 hours per month. If you think you have what it takes, please email [email protected] and let us know why you’re interested and what you think you can offer us. Please note that only CIPR members may apply. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Sports Network

The Sports Network launched in autumn 2022, hosting a well-received virtual event ahead of the World Cup, with speakers Adrian Bevington and Owen Hargreaves. The Network are looking for new volunteers to join the committee. The committee plan to meet virtually on a regular basis, engage with CIPR members via email and social media, and coordinate events of interest. If you have experience or keen interest in the sports industry and a few hours a week to spare, Co-Chair David Alexander would love to hear from you, just register your interest at the bottom of the page. 

Independent Practitioners' Network
The IP Network are looking for new volunteers. If you are a freelancer who would like to get involved in making the most of your membership, why not become a  volunteer and help to facilitate networking opportunities and relevant updates for your peers? If this sounds like something you would like to do, we'd love to hear from you. Just register your interest using the button below. 

Wessex Group 
The Wessex Group is looking for CIPR members to join the committee to help support our monthly events and engagement across the South region. It’s not a huge commitment, we currently meet once per month online and have a rota for managing our social media channels. If you would like to get to find out more and apply, please email Group Chair Lisa Preston. [email protected]

STEM Group
The STEM Group is open to new volunteers, if you work in a STEM field and would like to find out more about joining our small, friendly committee, please do get in touch with register your interest below and we'll be in touch! 


 
 

Register YOUR INTEREST

If you would like to hear about relevant volunteering opportunities as they become available, please register your details and we will be in touch.