About The Company

Welcome to the Company of Public Relations Practitioners. We are a membership organisation, part of the City of London’s livery movement and we are building charitable funds through which the PR industry can give back to the communities it serves.

PR is an essential activity in the City of London and the UK is a world leader in this profession.

The Company has around 200 members and is managed by ‘The Court’. The Master is elected annually from the Wardens of the Court, each Master serves the Company from September to October for one year and will then often take the role of Deputy Master for one year. The Senior Warden, Middle Warden and Junior Warden are also elected annually from the Court Assistants. Applications for positions of Court Assistant are taken from the membership. The Court meets four times a year to discuss Company matters which includes fundraising activities, membership applications, events and other matters of the day. For the latest events and news from the Company please see our blog, albums of pictures from many of our events are on our flickr page.

Members of The Court


Katherine Sykes, MCIPR, MPRCA

Senior Warden

Gavin Ellwood, ACIPR, MPRCA

Middle Warden

Sarah Wait, MCIPR, MPRCA

Junior Warden

Vickie Sheriff, MCIPR, MPRCA

Deputy Master

Kevin Moore, MCIPR, Cert IoD


Matthew West

Fund Development Director & Interim Clerk

Jane Hilliard

Court Assistants

Jonathan Chandler, MCIPR, MPRCA

Mark Glover, MPRCA

James Gurling MCIPR, MPRCA

Dan Large, ChartPR, FCIPR

Justine McGuinness

John Morgan

Col (Ret’d) Deborah Oliver, TD, FCIPR

Leigh Richards, FCIPR FRSA, MPRCA

Stephen Waddington, Founding Chart.PR, FCIPR (Hon), MPRCA

Peter Walker, DipPR(Cam), FCIPR

Honorary Court Assistants

Dr Martin Dudley

Kelly Freeman MA Dip CAM PR

Brian Moore

Virginia Rounding

Past Masters

  • 2015 – 2017 Francis Ingham
  • 2014 – 2015 Kevin Moore MCIPR
  • 2013 – 2014 Jonathan Chandler MCIPR
  • 2012 – 2013 Dr Martin Dudley FSA CC
  • 2011 – 2012 Brian Moore
  • 2010 – 2011 Sir Gavyn Farr Arthur MA DCL
  • 2009 – 2010 Kelly Freeman MA Dip CAM PR
  • 2008 – 2009 Una Riley MCIPR
  • 2007 – 2008 Philip Dewhurst FCIPR
  • 2006 – 2007 Carol Friend FCIPR
  • 2005 – 2006 Mike Granatt CB FCIPR FRSA
  • 2004 – 2005 John F Gray FCIPR
  • 2003 – 2004 Rosemary Brook FCIPR
  • 2002 – 2003 Rowland Whitehead Bt
  • 2001 – 2002 Stephen Jolly FCIPR
  • 2000 – 2001 Ric Gainsborough Foot CBE FCIPR