NEWS: Ex-NUS chief Fitzsimons wins young IPR award

Lorna Fitzsimons, former president of the National Union of Students and now a political consultant with lobbying firm Rowland Sallingbury Casey, has been named as the Institute of Public Relations’ first Young Communicator of the Year.

Lorna Fitzsimons, former president of the National Union of Students and

now a political consultant with lobbying firm Rowland Sallingbury Casey,

has been named as the Institute of Public Relations’ first Young

Communicator of the Year.



Fitzsimons, aged 28, was among seven finalists - all women - selected

for interview by the judging panel. This was despite a 60:40 ratio of

female to male entrants.



The self-proclaimed ‘blunt, dyslexic, Northern, Labour Party activist,

old NUS hack’ beat off runner-up Maria Darby, director of financial PR

agency Lansons. Sarah Benefield, 23 year-old consultant with the

Bristol-based Wordsmith Press, received a highly-commended award.



Jeremy Weinberg, PR and marketing officer at the IPR said the

competition was of a high standard despite the modest number of entry

forms received.



‘We will be keeping the entry forms at a tough standard to ensure we

suss out the future leaders of the communications industry,’ said

Weinberg.



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