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Biography

Stephen Waddington is Partner and Chief Engagement Officer at Ketchum helping clients and colleagues to do the best job possible engaging with the public. He is 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.

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), plus editor and contributor to Share This (Wiley, July 2012) and Share This Too (Wiley, September 2013); in addition to editor of Chartered Public Relations: Lessons from Expert Practitioners (Kogan Page, February 2015).

Stephen wrote the foreword for the first two editions of #FuturePRoof, a community aimed at reasserting the value of public relations. It followed the crowdsourced model that he established through #PRstack

He 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.

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

In 2017 Stephen received the PRCA’s outstanding contribution to digital public relations and was named a top 10 UK public relations blogger by Vuelio.

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