The event at the Park Plaza Riverbank, hosted by Sky News’ chief political correspondent Jon Craig, saw Connect Communications CEO Gill Morris win the Outstanding Contribution award.
In-House Professional of the Year was handed to Airport Operators Association senior public affairs and PR manager Tim Alderslade, while Consultant of the Year went to Rachel Barrett, senior consultant at Fishburn.
Consultancy Campaign of the Year and Public Sector Campaign of the Year went to Insight Public Affairs for its HS2 Link campaigns. Corporate Campaign of the year went to Pimlico Plumbers for its Giving Opportunity to the Next Generation of Apprentices campaign.
Voluntary Sector Campaign of the Year was handed to MS Society for its Treat Me Right campaign. Trade Body Campaign of the Year went to UK Active for its Turning the Tide of Inactivity campaign. Best In-House Agency Collaboration was awarded to Freshwater and the League Against Cruel Sports’ #Whatthefox campaign.
Best Campaign in Scotland went to Pagoda Public Relations for its work for McCarthy and Stone. Best Campaign in Wales was handed to Positif Politics for its Dot Cymru Domain Names campaign. Best Campaign in Northern Ireland was awarded to Aiken PR for the Make Life your Legacy campaign.
Best campaign in the EU went to Cancer Research UK, for its Revising the Tobacco Products Directive campaign.
Francis Ingham, PRCA director general, said: "This has been a superb year to launch the Public Affairs Awards – the calibre of entries has been incredibly impressive. The public affairs industry is clearly in rude health – and long may it continue."