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New Wellington–based president for the PRINZ

New Wellington–based president for the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand

At last night’s Annual General Meeting of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ), Wellington public relations practitioner Katie Mathison was voted President for the Institute.

The PRINZ Fellow replaces outgoing president, Bruce Fraser of the Bay of Plenty based firm Fraser Consultants Ltd, who has held the role for the past two years.

Katie becomes President of the Institute after a year as President Elect and several years as the national coordinator for the Institute’s accreditation programme, APR.

Katie has over 20 years’ experience in non-government and government sector management in New Zealand. She is currently General Manager Membership at The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Prior to this she worked in consultancy and in various Government and associated organisations: New Zealand Customs Service, Food Safety Authority, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, Meat & Wool NZ, Department of Conservation and the Commerce Commission. Katie also holds a MBA from Massey University.

“I’m looking forward to representing PRINZ and the excellent work it does for the profession to uphold standards and encourage continual professional development pathways.” says Katie.

“PR and communications professionals work very much behind the scenes to enhance reputation and relationships. Done well, it’s a position of quiet trust and confidence, not glory and limelight.”

PRINZ Fellow Brenda Saunders, Director at Trio Communications, ends her term as Chair of the Fellows College, and is replaced by Fiona Cassidy, PRINZ Fellow, former President (2007-2009), and Global Alliance Delegate at Large.


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