Amy Grinstead, senior account manager at Carswell Gould and Southampton Solent University alumnus, is celebrating with colleagues after making it on to the shortlist of the UK's six top young PR professionals in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations' (CIPR) annual Excellence Awards, announced on Friday (31.03.17).
Amy was nominated by her agency in the 'Outstanding Young Communicator' award category and is the only PR professional in the south, outside London, to make the shortlist. Having joined Carswell Gould in 2014 as an account executive, Amy has swiftly risen through the ranks and is established as a key member of the PR and content team, working with the likes of ABP Port of Southampton, Red Funnel, SETsquared and recently working to bring the innovation showcase event Venturefest South to the region.
In 2016 she became a member of the CIPR to further develop her skills in all aspects of the profession. Amy's passion for all things digital means she is a keen participant in online and social media events, webinars, leading workshops and has also learned HTML and CSS coding. When not working on her own skills, Amy is passing on her knowledge and experience to undergraduates and newcomers to the profession, acting as a mentor at Southampton Solent University.
Gareth Miller, strategic director at Carswell Gould said: "The entire agency is brimming with pride and excitement at this industry recognition for Amy. She truly is an outstanding communicator, who cares passionately about getting results for her clients and for the agency. She really does live into Carswell Gould's core values by always being on the lookout for new, more efficient and more effective ways of exceeding any objective she is set, with the single-minded aim of delighting our clients."
The final word should go to Amy herself, "It was nerve-wracking watching the announcement online on Friday, in fact, I didn't even hear my name at first and it wasn't until my colleagues began cheering that I realised what had happened. The news hasn't really sunk in yet, but I am sure it will over the next few weeks."
The winner will be announced at the CIPR Excellence Awards on Tuesday 6 June 2017.
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