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Two new Fellows of IoIC have been elected by a unanimous decision of the Fellowship panel.

Rachel Miller of All Things IC and Lee Smith of Gatehouse are the latest additions to the elite group of professionals recognised as experienced and active within IC – and who can use the designation FIIC (Fellow of IoIC).

The pair are the first Fellows to be announced since the programme was refreshed last year and Institute chief executive Steve Doswell says: “The panel concluded in both cases that ‘it’s a no brainer’ and that they both exemplified the professional standards, experience and active involvement in IC that sum up the ‘perfect’ Fellow…”

Renowned blogger and consultant Rachel (pictured right) says: “When I got the letter confirming my Fellowship I was delighted. I think it will enhance my career – IoIC president Suzanne Peck says it’s a mark of recognition and I hope that’s true and I hope I can uphold that.

“My business is three years old this month so it’s great to start the new year with an accolade like this.”

She says she applied because “I’ve been working in internal comms for 10 years and involved with IoIC for the same time. I place importance on the work of the Institute and it’s recognised widely so I thought it would be beneficial to be associated with it.”

Lee (right), co-founder of the Gatehouse agency, says: “I’m elated to be part of this exclusive group. It’s particularly gratifying as I’m also a Fellow of CIPR and, with the continual blurring of the lines between internal and external comms, this is recognition that they are two sides of the same coin.

“I have a lot of respect for the Institute’s work. Gatehouse has developed the Accelerate training programme with IoIC and I hope to be able to contribute even more to the development of both the Institute and our profession.”

IoIC president Suzanne Peck says: “Being entitled to use the term ‘Fellow’ is a ‘badge’ of recognition indicating achievement, impact and high standards as well as the professional standing of those elected.

“It’s an open door for connecting with like-minded high standing professionals, sharing ideas, and shaping our industry.

“There’s also a responsibility on Fellows to actively support the aims of IoIC and encourage the professional development of fellow practitioners, especially those who are less experienced and at an earlier stage in their career. Recognition and responsibility go hand in hand.”

Applicants submit a CV and summary of their IC experience and are then interviewed by an Institute panel. Review panels take place twice a year and successful applicants are then recommended to the Board for ratification and the ‘title’ awarded at a special presentation evening.

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