The Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) today announced the appointment of the new Honorary Secretary to the National Board. Industry leader and PRIA Fellow, Susan Redden Makatoa FPRIA will take the reins from 5 February from retiring industry veteran and Life Fellow Arthur Delbridge, AM, LFPRIA.
President, Jennifer Muir FPRIA made the announcement after the National Board unanimously voted to appoint Mrs Redden Makatoa at its January Board meeting. “We are pleased to have Susan join the PRIA Board at a time when the Institute is strengthening its support for Australia’s thriving public relations and communication profession,” said Ms Muir.
Mrs Redden Makatoa is well-known as one of Australia’s public relations leaders, with more than 20 years in leadership rolesworking across government, critical issues and global brands. She is now Division Director, Corporate for Temple Executive Search and continues to coach and mentor industry professionals. Mrs Redden Makatoa was instrumental in drafting ground breaking policy for the industry in the PRIA’s Diversity and Inclusion policy launched in 2016, and as a leader across many volunteer roles in the Institute over the past decade.
On accepting the role Mrs Redden Makatoa said, “I’m very proud to be part of Australia’s vibrant and creative communications community, and even prouder to be asked to serve them in an official capacity. There’s so much work to be celebrated, amazing ideas to be exchanged, and advocacy to be undertaken. It’s humbling to be asked to take over from Arthur Delbridge AM, LFPRIA, who has been incredibly generous with his time, counsel and support.”
“We are extremely grateful to Arthur for his stewardship, cousel and leadership in this most recent role with the Board, and for the decades of service he has given in a voluntary capacity to the Institute. Participation of industry leaders in voluntary roles at the PRIA is crucial in building and maintaining strong networks across business, government, industry and community, and for representing the profession of public relations,” said Ms Muir.
The position of Honorary Secretary is one of two Board appointed positions not requiring a vote by the PRIA membership, and whose role is to provide counsel to the Board on governance, constitutional issues and provide counsel to the Board. This position also assesses all membership applications and works closely with the National President, Deputy President and Treasurer.