Industry Spokesmen

This page provides details of experts who are willing to speak to the press about public relations, public affairs, crisis communications, brand management and general reputation issues.

Francis Ingham is Director General of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA), and Chief Executive of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) -taking those roles in 2007 and 2012 respectively. The PRCA is the professional body for the UK PR industry, representing over 18,000 PR practitioners in every field of PR. Over the past eight years, it has grown five-fold in size, and is now the largest professional body for PR practitioners anywhere in Europe. ICCO is the international umbrella body for PR agencies, comprising national trade associations in 31 countries across the globe, and representing over 2,000 agencies.
Ingham’s background is in public relations and politics, having worked for Conservative Party and for the UK’s leading business lobby group, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
He is External Examiner for the University of Richmond, and spent three years as a Visiting Fellow of the University of Westminster. He is a Trustee of the Speakers’ Corner Trust, a charity which  promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship around the world. He also sits on the governing body of the City of London Public Relations Guild, and is a member of the Council of the London Chamber of Commerce.
A member of the PR Week Global PowerBook of the industry’s top 300 people, he is a monthly columnist for PR Week, Public Affairs News, and Politics First, and appears frequently as a commentator in UK and international media.
He also spent four years a member of the Communications Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; and three years as a Non-Executive Director and later Vice Chairman of North Middlesex University NHS Trust. He was a member of the three-person independent review group appointment by the Cabinet Office in 2013 to review the communications functions of the Department of Health.
Ingham was educated at Oxford University, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. 

 Francis Ingham
PRCA Director General
Twitter: @PRCAIngham

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