About the group

The South West is a great place to live and work - so it's no surprise that our CIPR SW Group is so vibrant, with members from across the region and from diverse sectors. We have some excellent events planned each year to support continuous learning and professional connections for members in the region.

About the Community

Our Committee


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Olivia Burrow


Olivia is Corporate Communications Manager at law firm Michelmores LLP. She has experience working both in-house and agency side. Olivia joined the CIPR South West Committee in 2013 where she has taken on various roles, before becoming Chair in January 2020.

Email: Olivia.Burrow@michelmores.com

Telephone: 07866 690472


Katie Crowe

Vice Chairperson

Katie is an independent PR Practitioner and highly skilled at helping companies engage with business, trade and consumer audiences, delivering real commercial outcomes. With over eighteen years PR experience both in-house and agency side, Katie began her career at global PR agency Weber Shandwick in London where she quickly moved up the ranks. From here she moved in-house and joined former FTSE 250 company TNS as International PR Manager. She spent eight years at TNS working across all the different sectors of the business including technology, healthcare, automotive, political & social, consumer and financial as well as looking after all the corporate PR needs. Katie’s areas of expertise include strategy and messaging development, PR planning, media relations, crisis and issues support, content creation including case studies and white papers, executive profiling, event management and international hub management. She has a proven track record of handling crisis both in the UK and internationally.


Lowri Jones MCIPR


With more than 18 years’ experience in communications, Lowri is currently part of the Corporate Communication’s Team at the Ministry of Defence, prior to joining government communications, Lowri sent 10 years in higher education in communications and later moving into public affairs. Her career started in regional PR agencies in the North East and Wales. Lowri has Masters in Marketing and a CIPR Diploma in Public Affairs.

Email: lowrij@hotmail.com

Twitter: @lowcat76


Arianne Smart

Content Coordinator

Arianne is Head of Digital at Exeter-based KOR Communications, a public relations consultancy for the land, property and rural affairs sectors. She specialises in digital PR, managing clients' online presence and creating compelling content to reach target audiences with impact. She holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Sunderland and has experience working agency-side.

Twitter: @arianne_smart

Email: arianne_smart@outlook.com


Ben Veal

Content Coordinator 

Ben is Associate Director at Bath-based Clearly PR & Marketing Communications, a B2B consultancy specialising in the technology and recruitment sectors. Ben has worked in the PR industry for 13+ years across sectors including property, food and drink, consumer lifestyle and creative services, has extensive experience in corporate communications, crisis management and strategic brand messaging, and is a CIPR Accredited Practitioner. 

Twitter: @benvealwrites

Email: ben@clearlypr.co.uk 


Ellen Carroll

Devon Coordinator



Evie Jankauskyte

Bristol Coordinator




Charlotte Sanville

Gloucester Coordinator

Charlotte is a corporate communications consultant with seven years’ experience designing and delivering multi-channel communications strategies which protect and enhance the reputation of organisations. Currently external communications manager at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, Charlotte has experience delivering integrated communications campaigns to deadlines in both in-house and global agency settings.

Email: charlotte.sanville@ecclesiastical.com 



Alexandra Neale

PRide Coordinator

Alex is a Director at UK consultancy Antidote Communications where she works with clients to create B2B and corporate comms strategies grounded in data and insights. She has a decade of agency-side experience with a strong focus on global tech and innovation. In 2018 she was named one of PR Week's 30 Under 30.  

Email: alex@antidotecommunications.com 


Lizzie Toop

Committee Member

Lizzie is a CIPR Accredited PR Practitioner with 11 years experience working in Government and Defence with six years communications and PR experience, including sole departmental responsibility and ownership of the Civil Service Communications Grid. She’s just made the leap into the freelance world, working with small businesses to get the most out of their communications opportunities. In her free time, Lizzie is a country bumpkin who enjoys exploring the outside world and dabbling in crafts such as calligraphy, painting and leathercraft.

Email: elizabethtoop@yahoo.co.uk 

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