Our founder, John Wilkinson, has been awarded Gold in the Outstanding Independent Practitioner category in this year’s (2017/18) CIPR Cymru PRide Awards.

The awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) recognise the outstanding work of PR professionals across the UK and their contribution to their clients and the PR industry.

Judged by industry experts, the awards are the gold standard for PR and communications practitioners, and establishes the winners as industry leaders in their area.

Founding WPR in 2009, John has single-handedly built the company into an award winning PR, media training and reputation management consultancy. With a strong focus on results, its strategic approach and campaign design, through to identifying the right tools, skills and expertise, it has to helped its clients stand out from the crowd and communicate better with their audiences.

John is a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner and also a Fellow and UK Council Member of the CIPR, as well as a long-standing and active member of the CIPR Cymru group committee, a member of Public Affairs Cymru, the IoD and PRCA.

His results-driven work on the #SeeTheWholeChild – adopter recruitment campaign for ‘harder to place’ children for the National Adoption Service for Wales, impressed the PRide judges.

They commented: “John showed himself to be adaptable and persistent. Understanding the changing landscape, he redefined his business and focused on his strengths. Passionate and pragmatic, he has utilised his 20 years’ experience to effectively position his business and grow it as an Independent Practitioner from strength to strength. John’s campaigns and work to date has been multifaceted and results-driven. His work for the National Adoption Service for Wales was impressive, highly effective and it clearly acted as a catalyst for increased adoption rates.”

Not content with just one category, WPR also took Silver in the Best Public Sector category for #SeeTheWoleChild, and was a Finalist  for Low Budget and Not-for-Profit categories.