Heather Yaxley FCIPR

I’ve just been awarded fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in recognition of my “outstanding contribution” to the profession.  I understand that fewer than 3% of the Institute’s membership are fellows – and I’ve joined an illustrious group.

Looking within MIPAA alone, there are ten existing CIPR fellows, each of whom I respect for their contributions to public relations in the motor industry.  It is an honour to follow in their footsteps with this recognition.

Wondering exactly what might be expected of a “fellow”, I decided to look up a few quotations.  

Ronald Reagan said: “You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.”  (His patronage was great PR for the Jelly Belly company he favoured.)

Or what about the US journalist Kin Hubbard‘s view that: “Nothing is as irritating as the fellow who chats pleasantly while he’s overcharging you.” – surely he didn’t mean a PR consultant?

I could opt for the paranoid quote from philosophical Viking, Hagar the Horrible: “As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something.”

But my favourite find is by Albert Schweitzer, who won a much more prestigious award, the Noble Peace Prize.  This seems to me to be the essence of what fellowship should mean:

You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for others – something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.

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Heather Yaxley

Heather Yaxley is passionate about PR - teaching the CIPR qualifications, lecturing part-time at Bournemouth University and running the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA). I'm undertaking a PhD looking at Career Strategies in PR. I love sharing ideas and knowledge - connecting news and views by blogging on public relations and educational developments, especially relating to accelerated and active learning. I'm also a published author, qualified trainer and experienced consultant.

12 thoughts on “Heather Yaxley FCIPR”

  1. Heather
    You have certainly earned it and the CIPR owe it to you not only for your academic and professional work but for keeping the MIPAA alongside the Institute.
    Not bad ten Fellows in MIPAA.
    Cheers
    Gethin
    FCIPR

  2. How about, “For (s)he’s a jolly good fellow“? This is tremendous news, Heather. Congratulations on your well-deserved acknowledgment by CIPR.

    I had a look at CIPR’s website, but didn’t see the process involved for nominating one to Fellow. Can you share a bit here, for example, whether it is a peers/colleagues or board-driven process?

    (P.S. I bet your mum and angel-dad are absolutely chuffed.)

  3. Thank you all.

    Gethin – MIPAA now has 11 Fellows. Not bad out of the approx 70 of our members who are also CIPR members.

    Judy – I understand that at present, you need to have been a full member of CIPR for 10 years and then have two full members or Fellows nominate you for Fellowship. The application (which has to be detailed in relation to your contribution to PR and/or CIPR) is then considered by a committee at CIPR.

    It looks like fellowship will shift to be awarded automatically on completion of 6 years of CPD in future however (from CIPR website) – and of course, there are plans for Chartered Practitioner status which may also affect the current Fellowship philosophy.

  4. Heather, I just heard the wonderful news from Judy. Congratulations. If I have to judge your contribution to the profession from your vigour at PRConversations, then it must be big and well-deserved.

  5. It’s great to see real recognition like this going to you as you work so hard Heather, well done!

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