The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Public Affairs Group has launched a new public affairs industry award, the Douglas Smith Lifetime Achievement Award, to honour a CIPR member who has made a considerable contribution to the public affairs industry across at least twenty years.
The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 30th September. The Award ceremony will take place at the CIPR Public Affairs Group Christmas Charity event in December.
The award has been launched in honour of the late Douglas Smith, who founded the Government Affairs Group in 1987, which later became the CIPR Public Affairs Group.
Smith’s career included working as a press officer for Ted Heath and 25 years’ continuous service in local government in Hornsey in north London.
In the private sector, Smith was Head of Public Relations for part of the British Insurance Association, Secretary of an all-party campaign to mark the 20th Anniversary of the UN, Associate Director (1968-71) of Planned Public Relations, then the largest PR company in Europe.
He received the PR Week Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Stephen Tallents Medal of the IPR.
Chairman of the CIPR Public Affairs Group Simon McVicker, said:
“Doug himself did so much to establish the Industry in the UK that the Committee felt it would be a fitting memorial to a great man to a create an award to honour others who have made a great contribution to public affairs in their careers.”