CIPR awards Sir Stephen Tallents medal to Sarah Hall

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The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has recognised Sarah Hall with one of the highest industry honours.

A CIPR board and council member, and also chair of the professional practices committee for the Institute, Sarah has been presented with the Sir Stephen Tallents Medal, which is awarded at the discretion of the president to recognise exceptional achievement in public relations practice by a CIPR member.

The award was introduced in 1984 in memory of the CIPR’s first president Stephen Tallents, who was a founder of public relations in Britain and the BBC’s first controller of public relations and deputy director general under Lord Reith.

CIPR president Stephen Waddington said: As President of the CIPR I have in my gift the opportunity to present the Sir Stephen Tallents medal to an individual that I believe has made a significant contribution to the CIPR. Sarah has excelled in her contribution to the CIPR and the broader public relations profession.

“From the outset of her career in public relations she has been committed to supporting best practice as a CIPR member both personally and in the teams that she has led. As a member of the board and council this year she has helped significantly to drive our agenda on modernity, diversity and ethics.”

The owner-manager of Sarah Hall Consulting Ltd, Sarah leads a team of seven working with some of the North East’s most recognisable brands, including Sage Gateshead, Go Smarter, Rowlands Accountants, Spire Washington Hospital, Aspers Casino and Anderson & Garland. She has always volunteered with the CIPR and is also a Trustee for the Sunshine Fund, which provides specialist equipment for disabled children in the North East.

Sarah said: “It is a real honour to have received this award and I am privileged to work with an Institute that deeply cares about professionalism, ethics and making sure it is fit for purpose both now and in the future.

“As the business continues to expand, I am fortunate to be able to turn to the CIPR for help and support, as I have done since the start of my career and with this is mind it is only fitting to give something back.”

Founded in 1948, the CIPR is the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK. With 10,000 members involved in all aspects of PR, it is the largest body of its type in Europe. The CIPR advances the public relations profession in the UK by making its members accountable through a code of conduct, developing policies, representing its members and raising standards through education and training.