Newry man receives national accolade for outstanding work

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Thursday, November 5th, 2015
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Newry man Gary McKeown has received the highest public relations industry accolade as a tribute to his outstanding professionalism after being named as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
Gary McKeown at Westminster

Gary McKeown at Westminster

Gary, who is Communications Manager at the Public Health Agency, was named a Fellow along with some of the UK’s leading public relations and public affairs experts, who have been recognised by the CIPR for their contribution to the industry. The CIPR announces Fellowships in recognition of outstanding contributions and work in public relations, service to the Institute and personal achievements within the profession. Gary was nominated for a Fellowship by local members of the CIPR and was presented with his award at a special ceremony in the House of Lords. Speaking to Newry Times about Gary’s appointment as a Fellow, CIPR Northern Ireland Chair Samantha Livingstone said, “On behalf of everyone at the CIPR in Northern Ireland, I’d like to congratulate Gary on being named a Fellow of the Institute. It’s the highest accolade in the industry and it’s great to see it being awarded to him. “Gary is a strong advocate of the local region, having served as Chair of the CIPR here and as a member of the Chartered Institute’s governing Council. Samantha added, “His contribution and leadership have underpinned the work of the CIPR in the region, which is celebrating 50 years as a body representing PR practitioners in Northern Ireland.” CIPR President Sarah Pinch added, “Fellowships are given to those CIPR members who have shown exemplary commitment to the Institute and the Industry, through their professional work and their voluntary work. I look forward to the ongoing contribution that Gary will make to the Chartered Institute.” This brings Northern Ireland’s total of Fellows to sixteen. The CIPR will name its next Fellows late next year. Nominations will close in March 2016 – for more information please click HERE.
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