It seems that 2018 has flown by at an unbelievable speed and as it draws to a close it signals the end of the reign of Sarah Hall as CIPR President. This has been a year of significant achievements and it feels as though the industry is really starting to lift itself up and move forwards.
I have been hugely impressed by Sarah and how she has attempted to bring the industry together and to leave a last legacy from her time at the top of the CIPR. Her blog about the past 12 months is as impressive as her work during the year (http://www.sarahhallconsulting.co.uk/blog/2018/11/11/twelve-months-at-the-cipr-a-tale-of-team-work).
One of the key elements to take away is the fact that she has given her time generously but has also recognised the need to try and balance her home and work life. It is something I am still struggling with and I only have a partner, horse, rabbit and gerbil to manage. We give our best when we are rested and ready for the challenges ahead and that means spending time on what we love whether that is home, animals or other things. I am really feeling the benefit myself of a week when I am only briefly thinking about work (switching off completely for me is not something I can do).
In the blog Sarah adds:
“Too often people seek positions of power for personal gain. Do what’s right for everyone, not yourself.”
Who can’t agree with that? I had four years leading the Association of Police Communicators. It took up a significant part of my ‘spare’ time. Some who don’t know me would have confused my standing for the Chair role as a way to gain some power or control. It was anything but. The reason I undertook the role was because I passionately believed then, as now, that police communicators do amazing work and we should shout about it and take our place in the PR and communication industry. I hope that when I stood down in December 2017 I left things improved even if it was in some small way.
In 2019 I take up the Chair position on the PRCA Council and I hope that I can live up to the words of Sarah and do what is right for everyone on the council and all the members of the PRCA. I am still quite surprised that I am in this position but I believe that the industry needs to keep forging forward, demonstrating its strategic credentials, showing what it can deliver and encouraging young people to see it as a viable career option.
I am quite nervous about the responsibility I face in 2019 but I am passionate about communication and PR so it is another chance to try and give something back. As Sarah points out in her blog
“Lead with purpose and passion and people will unite behind you.”
I will do my best to keep this at the forefront of my mind in the coming months. Thanks again Sarah for all your hard work, commitment and dedication as President.