Stephen Waddington

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Stephen Waddington

Partner and Chief Engagement Officer

Stephen is a public relations thinker and doer. His job is to enable clients and colleagues to do the best job possible engaging with the public.

He's a Partner and Chief Engagement Officer at Ketchum, responsible for driving the integration of digital and social capabilities in client engagements across the agency's international network.

He is Visiting Professor in Practice at the Newcastle University supporting the university and students through teaching and mentoring, and chairman of the Future Proof policy unit.

Stephen understands how the media landscape works online and offline and champions best practice as a writer, conference speaker and award winning-blogger.

He is co-author of #BrandVandals (Bloomsbury, November 2013) and Brand Anarchy (Bloomsbury, February 2012), and editor and contributor to Share This (Wiley, July 2012) and Share This Too (Wiley, September 2013); and editor of Chartered Public Relations: Lessons from Expert Practitioners (Kogan Page, February 2015).

Stephen was President of the CIPR in 2014 during which time he helped return the organisation to its roots of professionalism as set out in its Royal Charter.

He originally trained as a journalist before following a career in public relations. He has co-founded and run two award-winning public relations agencies; Rainier PR in 1998, and Speed in 2009.

Stephen is a Chartered PR Practitioner, a Fellow (Hon) of the CIPR, and member of the City of London Public Relations Guild, PRCA, and PRSA.