About the group

We support our members in the region and promote the value of professional PR to organisations and businesses in the North East. We’re committed to delivering opportunities so our members can earn at least 30 CPD points each year through attendance at our events.

We run a varied programme to help members develop through their career journey. From students to senior practitioners, freelancers and independents, to agency-side or in-house, our events are designed to develop our professional skills, stay up-to-date with major issues in the region and wider profession, as well as providing opportunities to network and have fun.

About the Community

Our Committee


Anne-Marie Lacey Chart.PR, FCIPR


Anne-Marie is Chair of CIPR North East, having first joined the Committee as a co-opted member in 2014. She is also Co-Chair of the newly formed Influencer Marketing Panel.

As well as being Managing Director of Filament PR, Anne-Marie is an Academic Tutor and PR Lecturer at local universities and training centres across the region.


A multi award-winner, she is the proud recipient of the title of ‘Outstanding Young Communicator’ the Excellence Awards in 2017.



Deb Sharratt, Chart.PR, FCIPR

Vice Chairperson

As well as being Vice Chair, Deb is an elected member of CIPR Council, CIPR Professional Practice Committee and is Co-Chair of the CIPR Influencer Marketing Panel.

Two times winner of the Independent Practitioner of the Year Award (North East 2012, 2018) and a national finalist in the CIPR Excellence Awards 2019, Deb is an independent practitioner, PR associate and also a PR lecturer for nesma, Sunderland University and Newcastle University, and a blogger too with her own family food and travel blog. 



Lisa van Heereveld, ACIPR


Lisa is Marketing and PR Coordinator at Sunderland Software City and the Digital Catapult NETV. Lisa is passionate about helping businesses explore how they can use technology to tell better stories. As part of her role, Lisa helps raise awareness of the applications of immersive technologies within a wide range of businesses and supports digital skills initiatives.
In addition to her full-time role, Lisa is a freelancer and works with entrepreneurs and innovators on their marketing strategy, content and PR. 


Twitter: @LisavHeereveld


Huw Lewis, Chart.PR

Huw is a Chartered PR Practitioner and Customer Services Director at Nexus, the public transport agency for North East England and owner of the Tyne and Wear Metro. His career has been spent in corporate communications and before that journalism in the UK and internationally. He convenes the Strategic Communications Forum for the North East on behalf of CIPR, a networking and professional development group for industry leaders in the region.



Laurel Hetherington, FCIPR, Accredited Practitioner, 70@70, FCAM

Laurel is a teacher and trainer from Foundation level through Undergraduate/Certificate to Postgraduate/Diploma level, covering all areas of PR. She teaches at Newcastle University, and runs workshops for CIPR nationally, as well as delivering its accredited qualifications locally for nesma.

Laurel is really passionate about PR education and training, ensuring students leave with practical tips and advice, action plans and details on ‘how to…’, and, perhaps most importantly, confidence in their own abilities to succeed.

Email: laurel.hetherington@ncl.ac.uk


Laura Richards, MCIPR, Accredited Practitioner

Laura is an experienced PR practitioner specialising in technology communications and third sector PR. Having held a variety of roles both in the UK and overseas, she is now
 External Communications Manager at charity Changing Lives. Laura also sits on the ‘AI in PR’ panel, alongside past-President, Stephen Waddington.
A former Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year (PRide North East, 2016), Laura is also an Associate Lecturer at Newcastle University.
Email: iamlaurad@gmail.com
Twitter: @Iam_LauraD


Hannah Cheetham, MCIPR, Accredited Practitioner

Hannah joined the Committee in early 2019 after winning Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year at the 2018 North East PRide Awards. She’s a member of the team at specialist public sector agency DTW working on high profile, award winning national campaigns as a Strategist in campaigns and digital engagement. As a Teesside University Masters graduate, she regularly engages with the University and new entrants into the PR industry.

Twitter: @HannahLouise468


Kate Vogelsang, MCIPR

Kate has worked in communications and marketing for nearly 25 years, 18 of those in the public sector. She runs Birdsong Consultancy, an agency in Durham, specialising in public and health sector clients. Kate also works for an NHS organisation, the GP federation for Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has lived in the North East for three years after relocating from London, and is also a qualified football coach, managing her local women’s team.

Email: kate@birdsongconsultancy.co.uk
Twitter: @kate_bob


Tony Bradley, FCIPR, Accredited Practitioner

Co-Opted Committee Member

Former CIPR President Tony Bradley has been a North East Committee member for more than 30 years, and is Chair of the CIPR benevolent fund iProvision. 
He is one of the region’s most experienced PR practitioners and has worked for organisations as diverse as the Heritage Lottery Fund, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Ray Ban, IBM, Ford and Essity. 
CEO of publicrelationsconsultancy.com, he specialises in stakeholder engagement and issues management.

Email: tonybradley@publicrelationsconsultancy.com


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