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Independent Consultants

The Independent Consultants Group is Chaired by Georgina Blizzard and Nicola Imrie, Co-Founders of The PR Network, the leading organisation for PR and communications freelancers in the UK and worldwide with over 1,200 members.

We aim to:

  • Represent the interests of PRCA members operating as independent consultants
  • Provide a forum for discussion, debate and sharing of good practice
  • Raise the professional standing of consultants who have chosen to work independently
  • Promote the development of skills and standards and eventually to create a benchmark
  • Organise a range of interesting events and meetings for members
  • Provide networking, advice and support for consultants running their own businesses

We hold events quarterly and the aim is to cover a range of issues important to members, covering business, skills and market development issues to ensure consultants have access to the best thinking. 

We have put together a steering committee that ensures events and activities are driven by what our members say is important to them.

Members of the steering committee are:

Nicky Imrie
Nicky is co-founder of The PR Network, the global network for senior independent PR and communications consultants set up in 2005. The PR Network delivers PR services to clients including Zipcar, Experian, and IEMA.

Georgina Blizzard
Georgina (George) co-founded the PR Network with Nicky. A passionate believer in flexible working, with Nicky, she continues to seek ways for The PR Network to pioneer a new disruptive agency model for the PR industry. 

Ben Matthews
Ben is a digital marketing, communications and social media consultant specialising in tech, media, consumer, mobile and charity sectors.

Caroline Randall
Caroline is a senior communications professional who has worked with public sector, trade bodies and not for profit organisations.

Ezri Carlebach
A consultant, author and speaker with more than twenty years’ experience in senior roles for public sector, FTSE 100 and non-profit organisations, Ezri is also a Visiting Lecturer in Public Relations at the University of Greenwich.

Kate Hinton
Kate is a PR and Public Affairs professional who has worked in senior in-house roles for leading environmental organisations, and now works across a range of sectors including travel, education, and transport.

Daryl Newman
Daryl is co-founder of Stet Copywriting, a professional copywriting agency working across the B2B, consumer and public sectors.

Mark Herbert
Mark has over 25 years working in financial public relations and has also long experience of crisis and issues management.

Zoe Sobol
Zoe has 15 years experience in consumer PR across a range of sectors.  She was notably Winner Gold Lion for Creativity at Cannes Lions 2013 and Winner Best Live Event PR Week 2013.

In September we officially launched the Independent Consultants Group with drinks at PRCA HQ.

Our very own Nicky Imrie recently published a article in PR Week - Why PR industry needs flex its muscles and support its women. Read it here