Dave Sanders, Highways Agency PR man and former broadcast journalist has been awarded with the Sir Stephen Tallents medal by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
Sir Stephen Tallents was the first president of the Institute of Public Relations and one of the founders of PR in the UK. The medal that is in his name recognises people who have had exceptional achievements in the PR field.
Dave was recognised for his work for the Highways Agency during a difficult time when they were environmental protests about the M65 and M66 motorways in Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
Having already handled media relations during protests at Manchester Airport, Dave has a great deal of experience in crisis communications.
He has been a member of CIPR’s North West Regional Group for over 10 years and was chairman of the regional division between 2007 and 2010.
He said: “I’m very pleased and honoured with this recognition for the work I’ve carried out as a volunteer on the CIPR North West committee.
“I’ve been very fortunate, especially during my four years as chair of the group, to have been supported by many dedicated PR colleagues from across the region who helped me along the way and they must share some of the credit.”
President of CIPR, Paul Mylrea, added: “As an Institute we rely on the commitment of our volunteer members.
“It is a real pleasure to recognize the contributions Dave has consistently made to the public relations profession in the North West and nationally.
“His experience, good humour and willingness to serve have made him an asset to the CIPR and pleasure to work with.”