For the second year running, Interel was the big winners at the PRCA Public Affairs Awards, picking up four prizes including Consultant of the Year for Katherine Morgan, and the Outstanding Contribution award for George McGregor.
Now in its fifth year, the PRCA Public Affairs Awards took place last week to celebrate the best of the best in public affairs in 2018.
In-house Professional of the Year was awarded to Lis Wallace of Malaria No More UK, who took to Twitter to say she was ‘Beyond thrilled and a little stunned’ to have won.
Other winners included Cicero, named Consultancy of the Year; Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which took home In-House Team of the Year; and National Farmers Union (NFU) for Trade Body Campaign of the Year and Party Conference Stand of the Year. Judges said the NFU ‘Back British Farming’ campaign was ‘a campaign impossible to miss’.
Newington Communications left with a double win of Planning Campaign of the Year and Voluntary Sector Campaign of the Year for its work with Capital and PupAid.
This year the Douglas Smith Prize was awarded to Christine McKenna, account manager at Grayling. Christine said: ‘I am thrilled to have received the Douglas Smith award for Young Public Affairs Professional of the Year. A tough process and a real honour.’
Francis Ingham, director general, PRCA, said: ‘The quality and standard of every entry into the awards this year continues to exceed expectations, each entry a glowing a testament to the resilience, growth, and forte of the UK’s public affairs and lobbying industry. Huge congratulations to all those who are taking home an award tonight, I look forward to seeing all of you again next year.’
The full list of winners from the night:
Best Campaign in Scotland: Marie Curie/MND Scotland
Best Campaign in Wales: Boots UK/Deryn
Best Campaign in Northern Ireland: Weber Shandwick
Corporate Campaign of the Year: Siemens
Trade Body Campaign of the Year: NFU
Local Government Campaign of the Year: Forty Shillings/Muse Developments/Dartford Borough Council
Planning Campaign of the Year: Newington Communications/Ciel Capital
Voluntary Sector Campaign of the Year: Newington Communications/PupAid
Social Media Campaign of the Year: ABI/Third City
Think Tank of the Year: Big Innovation Centre
Party Conference Fringe Event of the Year: MHP Communications
Party Conference Reception of the Year: Interel
Party Conference Stand of the Year: NFU
Best In-House Consultancy Collaboration: Connect/Resolution
Consultancy Campaign of the Year: Interel
In-house Professional of the Year: Lis Wallace, Malaria No More UK
In-House Team of the Year: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Consultant of the Year: Katherine Morgan, Interel
Consultancy of the Year: Cicero
Douglas Smith Prize: Christine McKenna, Grayling
Outstanding Contribution: George McGregor, Interel