Taylor Bennett Foundation announces 2018 alumni Natasha Ferguson as their first Chief Operating Officer

Renowned charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation that encourages diverse talent from Black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds to pursue a career in the UK public relations and communications profession through their professional development accelerator programmes – has today announced the appointment of Natasha Ferguson as its first Chief Operations Officer.  This year is one of change and transformation with the Board of Trustees setting a new growth strategy as the Foundation celebrates 15 years in service. As Chief Operating Officer, Natasha will focus on expanding their programme reach across the…

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CIPR and Taylor Bennett Foundation launch industry-led Reverse Mentoring Scheme for PR professionals

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Taylor Bennett Foundation launches the Reverse Mentoring Scheme 2023 following another successful run. Over the following 10-months, the scheme will challenge the general organisational infrastructure and representation in PR and communications. Championing diversity and inclusion will help to build trust and transparency for inclusive cultures and change in the industry.  The scheme supports progressive learning as senior leaders are paired with a PR and comms professional from the Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds. Our participants will exchange insight, challenges and experiences…

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CIPR-run BME reverse mentoring scheme opens for applications

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Taylor Bennett Foundation have opened applications for the PR industry’s first BME Reverse Mentoring Scheme. Designed to help senior leaders understand the challenges faced by practitioners from diverse communities in the PR industry, support the creation of inclusive cultures, and drive lasting change in the PR industry, the scheme will run for just over 10 months. Applications open following a successful pilot scheme, which paired senior leaders with Black, Asian and ethnic minority PR professional mentors to share insights into what it…

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CIPR and Taylor Bennett Foundation launch first industry wide diversity Reverse Mentoring scheme for PRs

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Taylor Bennett Foundation have launched the PR industry’s first Reverse Mentoring Scheme. Designed to increase awareness of diversity challenges and the need for inclusive cultures, and to drive lasting change in the PR industry, the pilot scheme will run for 10-months. The scheme pairs senior leaders with Black, Asian and ethnic minority PR and communications professionals to share insights into what it is like to be a minority in the industry, to understand the challenges that are presented, to showcase the importance…

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PRCA donates £50,000 to Taylor Bennett Foundation

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has pledged £50,000 towards PRCA membership and training fees to alumni of the Taylor Bennett Foundation’s new summer internship scheme. The Summer Stars scheme sees 35 black, Asian, and minority ethnic students and graduates complete a week of lectures at the London College of Communication, followed by a minimum of four weeks on a paid PR work placement. A number of high profile corporate firms and PR agencies have signed up to take part in the programme, including Facebook, Barclays, British Airways Porter…

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