CPRFHK Announces New Board and New Initiatives for 2016/2017
Hong Kong – 7 July, 2016 – The Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong (CPRFHK) has announced its new board for 2016/17. Along with welcoming a number of fresh faces from a range of professional backgrounds, Robert Grieves has been re-appointed as Chairman, with Kiri Sinclair the new Deputy Chair.
Dedicated to promoting best practices among its members and stakeholders, the CPRFHK serves as a voice and forum for Hong Kong-based public relations (PR) consultancies. Established in 2001, the Council raises awareness of the value proposition offered by PR, as well as supports and develops high professional standards within the industry. It is the only industry body of its kind in Hong Kong and has 33 registered member firms.
Mr. Grieves said the Council looks forward to the year ahead and is focused on maintaining, and building on, the momentum of the last few years.
“As the Hong Kong market faces increased competition and innovation brought about by new technologies and ideas, we will continue to convene, network, and provide original insight into industry issues,” said Mr. Grieves. “There is more innovation taking place among practitioners, and a better appreciation of PR among clients who do business in this dynamic market, than ever before, despite the currents of instability rippling around the world.
“As the ways in which people consume information across Asia continue to evolve, PR practitioners in Hong Kong face unique challenges and opportunities. Acting as the industry’s advocate, the Council supports consultancies in their quest to uphold best practice, foster talent, and deliver greater value for their clients.”
The Council will focus on developing activities and topical events that engage agency and client-side professionals alike. Over the past 12 months we held a record number of members-only and public events. This is something we will continue, to ensure we are reaching and informing all industry stakeholders.
“The response we received from attendees of our events have been gratifyingly supportive of our approach to topical issues,” Mr. Grieves commented.
The CPRFHK will also continue to organize initiatives such as the Young Professionals Competition, which, in its sixth year, received entries from a range of talented university students as well as young PR professionals.
The Council will also conduct the eighth Industry Benchmark Study since 2008. Designed to explore the standing and development of the PR industry in Hong Kong, the results of the survey generate valuable insights and promote public confidence in the industry.
The following people were elected to the 2016/2017 Council Board of Directors, as follows:
|Chairman||Robert Grieves||Hamilton Advisors|
|Deputy Chairman||Kiri Sinclair||Sinclair Communications|
|Hon. Secretary||Joel Laykin||Laykin Communications|
|Hon. Treasurer||Vicky Neil||Racepoint Global|
|Accreditation Chair||Clara Liddell||Racepoint Global|
|External Relations Chair||Simeon Mellalieu||Ketchum Hong Kong|
|External Relations Committee||Felix Poon||VIS Communications|
|Issues Chair||Rachel Catanach||FleishmanHillard|
|Membership Chair||Nicola Oldfield||GHC Asia|
|PR Chair||Bastian Wong||Flare Communications|
|Digital Marketing Chair||Colby Jones||Text 100|
|Training Chair||Howard Jones||Ogilvy PR|
|Benchmarking Survey Chair||Rosemary Merz||Text 100|
|Benchmarking Survey Committee||Colby Jones||Text 100|
|Board Director||Antoine Calendrier||Burson-Marsteller|
|Board Director||David Croasdale||Newell Public Relations|
|Board Director||Kevin Lam||Sinclair Communications|
|Board Director||Jane Morgan||Golin|
|Board Director||KW Lam||Hill+Knowlton|
|Board Director||Arne Eggers||Karla Otto|
|Board Director||Clara Shek||Ogilvy PR|
|Board Director||Reyna Harilela||Bonvivant & Bellavita Ltd|
|Board Director||Shirley Hiranand||Bonvivant & Bellavita Ltd|
|Young PR Prof's Rep||Disha Widge||FleishmanHillard|