Two PR grads now leading the profession

Two graduates from the UK’s longest established undergraduate public relations degree have been announced as Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

This recognition has been awarded to Matthew McKenna and Sarah Townsend, two graduates from the  BA Hons PR degree at Bournemouth University, who founded their own PR Company McKenna Townsend PR in 2003. Since then McKenna Townsend PR has won a several gongs including PR Week’s One to Watch award in 2009 and a grand total of three Gold awards, including Outstanding PR Consultancy, at the 2009 CIPR Wessex Pride Awards, making McKenna Townsend PR deserving of their status as the leading PR consultancy in Dorset and Hampshire.

The award recognises McKenna and Townsend’s outstanding achievements and contribution to the public relations industry and the CIPR.

As co-MD McKenna spoke of his teams’ contribution to the title:

“Our team at McKenna Townsend PR work tirelessly to promote excellence and professionalism in the PR industry.  We continue to strive for higher standards in everything we do as PR professionals which leads to a better understanding of the positive impact PR can deliver for business, organisations and individuals.”

As CIPR Fellows McKenna and Townsend will lead by example. CIPR President and Fellow Paul Myrea said:

“Being named a Fellow of the CIPR is recognition of professionalism and experience. Most importantly, it is recognition from peers in the industry. I am delighted to welcome the new Fellows of the Chartered Institute and we look forward to harnessing their expertise to promote the industry and its practitioners.”


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