PRCA appoints new Director of Communications, Policy and Research

London, 29th November 2012 - The PRCA has appointed Matt Cartmell as Director of Communications, Policy and Research.

Matt joins the Association from his role as News Editor at PRWeek, having worked in the news team for the past five years.

During his time at PRWeek he has worked closely with the PRCA on a number of their campaigns, focusing on the statutory lobbying register, the high court battle with the NLA, apprenticeships and unpaid internships.

Matt has worked in journalism for six years, before which he worked at a number of PR consultancies.

He will report to PRCA Director-General Francis Ingham, who said: ‘Matt joins the PRCA at a time when we prepare to speak with an even louder voice on the industry issues that really matter, while also communicating the benefits of membership to agencies and in-house departments.’

In his new role, Matt will oversee the Association’s communications, policy agenda, and wider external relationships.

Matt said: ‘Having worked closely with Francis and the team in recent years, I’ve been impressed by their fast-moving approach to campaigning. The PRCA has just the kind of strident leadership that the PR industry needs and I’m looking forward to contributing to the future development and growth of the Association.’

The news comes after the PRCA appointed Grayling UK and Ireland’s CEO Alison Clark as chairman for 2012-14, and reported 17 per cent growth for the financial year 2011-2012.

 

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

About the PRCA

Who we are: Founded in 1969, the PRCA is the professional body that represents UK PR consultancies, in-house communications teams, PR freelancers and individuals. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and internal communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.

Who we represent: The PRCA represents many of the major consultancies in the UK, and currently has more than 300 agency members from around the world, including the majority of the top 100 UK consultancies. We also represent over 100 in-house communications teams from multinationals, UK charities and leading UK public sector organisations.

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