Fellowships for PR Industry's Best

Mon, Nov 14 2016

The PR industry’s long time top performers were recognised with Fellowships of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) on Sunday night at the Annual College of Fellows Dinner in Sydney.

PRIA National President, Jenny Muir, announced 14 new Fellows, stating they were outstanding PR practitioners who had been industry leaders through long careers.

 “A Fellowship of the Institute recognises an outstanding contribution to the industry over a long term through high level PR work; a major contribution to the PRIA and to their communities.

“This year 14 members have been elevated to Fellowship status - recognising their contribution across the private sector, in government, university teaching and not for profits.

“These are the senior people who have made their mark in major communication campaigns and in providing high level advice in the public and private sectors. They have developed some of our major consultancies and made a real impact across the not-for-profit sector in their communities,” she said.

Another three Fellows were elevated to Life Fellow status recognising their continuing contributions as Fellows of the Institute.

The new Fellows came from four States:

Western Australia: Renae Desai

New South Wales: Anthony Lowe, Elizabeth Marchant, and James Wright

Victoria: Elizabeth Bardwell, Tom Buchan, Melanie Curtis, Karin Limon, Daniel Moloney, Margaret O'Shannessy, Joanne Painter, Jo Weeks and Tiffany White

Tasmania: Nicolas Turner

Life Fellow is a Fellow who has achieved eminence in public relations, contributed valuable community service and has earned the highest recognition and respect of his/her peers in the profession.

Life Fellows are: David Hawkins (Victoria), Brian Mahoney (NSW), Mike Watson (Victoria)

The College of Fellows Dinner is held annually, and one of several events being held over four days which will see over 300 PR and Communication professionals come together as part of the PRIA National Conference: Communication Innovation.