Justin McKeown FCIPR said: “I’m grateful to the Institute for this honour, which really belongs to all the people who have inspired my career. Particular thanks go to my wife and four children for their support during my rewarding but often demanding life in communications.
“I believe the principles of communication are inseparably connected to the development and delivery of strategy –and good leadership in every walk of life now demands men and women who understand and embrace communications. Now as a Fellow, I will keep advocating the concept of strategic communications leadership.”
This honour comes as Leeds-based communications consultancy and training firm, Mission Agency Ltd, co-founded by Paul Barnard and Justin McKeown, celebrates its first year of trading.
The company has already delivered communication and leadership training and consultancy across the UK, Cyprus, France, Ireland, Italy, Israel and the US. Clients include: HEC Paris, which is ranked the best business school in Europe by the Financial Times; Media Trust, which works with charities to enable communities to find their voice and make it heard; the Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA); and The Alcohol & Drug Service (ADS), which operates across the Humber, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
Justin is also Principal Consultant for THIS Inc., a leadership and strategy design agency headquartered in California's Silicon Valley, which teaches at companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and VMware.
Having won more than 20 national and international industry awards since gaining a BA (Hons) in Public Relations at Leeds Metropolitan University, Justin now sits on the External Advisory Panel of Leeds Business School, where he also lectures.
For three and a half years, Justin served as Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations ( CIPR Y&L Group). Justin also spent 14 years as a Divisional Director of the world's second largest PR firm.
Before attending university, Justin served as a volunteer missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ohio, USA for two years.