CIPR members from across the East Anglia attended the CIPR East Anglia Annual General Meeting, which followed the regional conference on 23rd May in Cambridge.

The meeting gave members the opportunity to hear in more detail about the activity the group undertakes on their behalf, as well as develop plans for the year ahead. It is also the time when we elect new committee members for the year.

Roles elected were:

Chair Lead the East Anglia committee. Overall decision maker for the Committee. Attend quarterly Council meetings at London HQ. Chair events. Raise the profile of the East Anglia committee across the region.

Maintain and boost membership within the region. Sustain relationships with CIPR.

Chair-Elect New position, shadowing the group Chair as they lead the East Anglia committee in preparation for taking over leadership of the committee the following year.

Secretary Organise committee meetings / calls. Minutes. Keeping the committee updated and connected. Manage and coordinate contact details for all committee members.

Treasurer Manage the committee’s finances. Pay suppliers / partners. Provide quarterly books for CIPR HQ. Provide monthly updates to Chair. Adhere to CIPR policies and guidelines. Be responsible for the committee’s Eventbrite page.

Annual Conference Coordinator(s) Source sponsors for the event. Source reputable industry speakers for the event. Overall project management. Source venue. Work with local media / PR professionals to promote the event. Work with Treasurer to manage income and sign off on all expenses.

PRide Awards Coordinator Select categories for the awards (already done) and agree fees. Select judges from the committee. Source sponsors for the event. Work with CIPR HQ to coordinate the event in the lead-up and on the night. Select menu for the awards. Source speaker. Source photographer. Work with treasurer to manage income and get sign off on all expenses. Source entertainment. Overall project management. Encourage entries for the awards (target for 2016 is 50 entries).

Event Coordinator Working with the group Chairs and committee members to coordinate the event's programme for the year and liaise with individual committee members on events they are planning to ensure we have a compelling events programme across our region. Newsletter and E-Shot Coordinator Working with CIPR HQ. Responsible for providing engaging and relevant copy for the CIPR HQ weekly e-shot. Responsible for providing engaging and relevant copy for the monthly newsletter slot for the committee.

Website Coordinator Manage our regional committee’s website ensuring a regular flow of content and promotion of events, especially the conference microsite.

Social Media Coordinator Manage our regional committee’s social media accounts – Twitter and LinkedIn. Responsible for ensuring both accounts are engaging with PR professional’s / PR industry / local media on a regular basis. Responsible for posts / tweets during CIPR East Anglia events.

Charity Coordinator This is a brand new role! Working with the committee’s Chair(s) to come up with a detailed overview of how the CIPR East Anglia can work with a regional charity to provide PR support. This will be proposed to the committee at the Q2 meeting for feedback / questions / approval. Once approved the charity coordinator will lead in selecting a regional charity and managing this relationship. Visit our committee page to see who was elected.