Richard Linning’s career has been one of change and innovation. From launching breakfast television in his native Australia to designing a strategic communication for the reform of the Greek civil service it has taken him to across the globe as a journalist, public relations and public affairs consultant, and issue advocate for government and NGOs, companies and trade associations.
As President of the International Public Relations Association he led its restructuring to better reflect and link the language and cultural diversity of global practitioners. He is also a Past President of Confederation Europennee des Relations Publique.
Richard was made an Honorary Fellow of the Senate of the University of Bucharest, Romania in recognition of his promotion of the free flow of information as a key component of the development of a democratic society.
While Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Global Public Relations, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he contributed as conference speaker, lecturer, mentor and author of articles on ethical and other public relations practice issues. Roles he continues to play today, sharing the lessons learned from his successes. And failures.
A dual Australian and British national he currently resides in Lincolnshire, England.
Moving first to London then Hong Kong, he worked for (among others) the BBC World Service and the Government Information Service. Re-located to London as a Public Affairs Officer he was responsible for image and investment promotion, including the staging of the two-day Hong Kong In London Festival which attracted one million visitors.
Richard then moved into the private sector, principally as a consultant in political affairs and issue advocacy in London and the European Union. Based in Brussels he also managed teams providing international media, pr and advertising programme coordination to a wide range of clients ranging from government agencies, international and national businesses to trade associations.
Currently, Richard is the President of the World Innovation and Change Management Institute in Geneva, which will, through its Share the Knowledge, Share the Experience program, award scholarships for participants of the Camp.