Following the close of the ballot at 5pm Monday, 22 September, the results of the 2014 Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) elections have now been announced and Aura’s MD, Laura Sutherland, has been elected as the Scottish Council representative.

Currently a Board Member of the CIPR, Sutherland stood for election on two lists and withdrew from the Open List in order to focus on Scotland. Her current focus on the Board is to represent Scottish views and opinions, but she has also been involved with projects such as flexible working, route to Chartered Practitioner and is also undertaking a role in awards.

Full results of the Elections available here.

Sutherland said: ” I am thrilled to have been elected by CIPR members in Scotland as their representative on Council. It means I can carry on what I’ve been doing over the last three years or so.

“I’m also delighted two other Scottish candidates have been elected to Council on different seats, further solidifying Scotland’s voice in a large membership organisation.

“The push towards professionalism is absolutely essential and I’m keen that Scottish members set an example for others to follow. It’s an exciting time in the CIPR and I look forward to the new two-year term starting in January next year.

“Finally, I just want to thank everyone for their support and of course for their votes!”

Stephen Waddington MCIPR, CIPR President and ‎European Digital and Social Media Director, Ketchum PR said on the CIPR website:

“Congratulations to everyone who stood in this year’s elections. Your active campaigning and participation in a lively debate has been a fantastic demonstration of the collective leadership needed to continue our march towards professionalism in public relations.”In 2014 we’ve built fantastic momentum as we head towards 2015 and the tenth anniversary of the CIPR’s Royal Charter.

“After making important changes to our governance we now have the opportunity to work in a streamlined structure enabling us to respond more effectively to our members’ needs, and exercise effective leadership of the profession.”