PRIA NSW elects new president and council members

The Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) has a new NSW president – Brian Chase Olson, who replaces Shane Allison – and council members.

(L – R) PRIA NSW Council outgoing President Shane Allison with newly elected President Brian Chase Olson

The announcement:

The Public Relations Institute of Australia’s NSW Council has announced the appointment of a new NSW President and council members at the NSW Annual General Meeting.

Brian Chase Olson, Director of Blend Public Relations, was elected as NSW President, succeeding Shane Allison, CEO of Public Address, who stepped down to focus on his role as Honorary Treasurer of the PRIA.

Eight new council members were elected, bringing passion and expertise from corporates, agencies, not-for-profit and government bodies, positioning the council for further growth following a record year of membership engagement.

“I’m thrilled with the range of expertise and experience of the new council members joining our already exceptional leadership group. Each brings a fresh perspective to how the council can better serve our members and a range of ideas to grow the PRIA community in NSW,” said Mr Olson.

“I’m honoured to take up the role of President and thank Shane and the outgoing council members for their hard work in setting the foundations for an exciting year ahead for the NSW chapter.”

The eight new members joining the PRIA NSW Council include:

  • Soraya Calavassy, Director & Co-Founder, Neon Black
  • Louise Hall, Consultant, John Connolly & Partners
  • Kylie Cochrane, Managing Principal, Communication & Stakeholder Engagement, ANZ, Aurecon
  • Lisa Brown, Head of PR and Communications, Menulog
  • Scott Walker, Principal, Walkerlab
  • Stephanie Pirrie, Public Relations Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
  • Taylor Blackburn, PR Manager, Finder
  • Michelle Squire, Manager Communications, Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority

The new council inductees join the incumbent council from 2019/2020 and include:

  • Shane Allison, Immediate Past President, CEO, Public Address
  • Anastassia Keltchina, Account Manager, Howorth, part of opr Agency
  • Rashmi Punjabi, Senior Account Manager, Honner
  • Rachel King, Co-Chair PRIA NSW Young Guns Committee, PR & Events Consultant
  • Maya Ivanovic, Co-Chair PRIA NSW Young Guns Committee, Senior Account Manager, Palin Communications

“I extend a warm welcome to our members who have joined the NSW Council at this year’s AGM and am excited at the passion they bring to our association. Brian brings a clear and enthusiastic vision to the NSW Council, and will build upon the hard work of the previous council,” said Leigh McClusky, PRIA National President.

“The PRIA Nationally is committed to continuing to bring amazing educational opportunities, such as the revamped virtual conference, member engagement, like our recent virtual networking events, and advocacy for what matters, such as the continued lobbying against the unfair changes to university funding, and I’m confident the new NSW Council will provide an amazing contribution to this effort,” she concluded.

Source: PRIA press release


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