Ethics in public relations

A joint event between the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Grampian PR Group is to examine the issue of ethics in public relations. Ken McEwen is one of the panel members for the event on Thursday, October 21 at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

The event organisers explain: “Ethical decision is a hot topic, especially so in Aberdeen given that the Financial Times recently suggested that the oil industry was 'the new tobacco industry’.”


One of the UK’s most respected PR ethicists, Johanna Fawkes, will deliver a presentation to start the discussion. Johanna had a distinguished 15-year career in public sector PR before moving into academia where she led the BA course in public relations at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is currently completing her PhD on a Jungian approach to professional ethics in PR.

The panel members include Ken McEwen and Matthew Taylor, whose role will be to help illustrate the challenges involved.

Ken managed the strategy and implementation of the high-profile Save Camphill campaign in 2004 and 2005, which successfully averted the threat of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route to the Camphill adult community and school for individuals with special needs.

Former founding director of the PR Partnership (Scotland) Ltd, he has worked for 26 years in PR consultancy providing services for organisations ranging from national and multi-national businesses through to charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Matt Taylor is BP’s Media and Issues Manager for the North Sea business, based in Aberdeen. The role involves media and crisis management, and also working on industry affairs.
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