Jennifer Muir set to become new PRIA national president
Primary Communication general manager Jennifer Muir is set to become the new national president for the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) when a vote is taken next month.
Muir is the only nomination received for the vacant PRIA role ahead of the industry body’s extraordinary general meeting which will take place Friday, February 12.
Similarly, Jacquie Ray, managing director of Timmins Ray Public Relations, is the sole nomination for national deputy president.
“Obviously nothing is set in stone until it is confirmed and voted in by our members,” Ray told Mumbrella.
“I’m really delighted to have been nominated by my colleagues and I look forward to that being formalised at the EGM. At this stage I’m looking forward to working alongside the new national president Jenny, she’s fantastic.”
As to what the body will be doing during the next 12 months, Ray was tight-lipped.
“Jenny and I are yet to touch base and we will do that as soon as we can…together and with the national board,” said Ray.
“I have no doubt we will be making official announcements soon after.”
Swinburne academic Mike Watson was the body’s most recent president. He took on the role in February 2014 from Terri-Helen Gaynor and concluded his period as president at the end of 2015 after serving two one-year terms.
Alison Lee has been deputy president since November 2014 and was eligible to stand for re-election due to having served just a single-year term.
Gaynor had been national president since late 2012 and while she stood for re-election at the 2013 PRIA national conference she withdrew her nomination at the extraordinary general meeting which resulted in nominees being required to renominate after an “administrative dispute” at the AGM.
Muir has been on PRIA’s Registered Consultancy Group Committee since January 2008 and has also been the working group chair for the body’s professional framework since January 2013.
Ray to become PRIA deputy national president
She joined Primary Communication in November 2007 as group account director before being made the general manager in August 2013.
Previously, she spent almost nine years as MD of Imago Group.
“I’m very proud to accept the nomination for the role of President. I look forward to the EGM where all members of the PRIA can cast their vote and we can begin putting some rubber on the road for 2016,” Muir said.
Ray has been the Tasmania PRIA state president and national board director since March 2014.
After spending nine years working with Tasmanian consultancy Font Public Relations, Ray joined her father’s consultancy Timmins Ray as managing director in May 2015.