Tribute to Neil Mainland Chairman of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group 1998 - 2000

09 June 2010

Neil Mainland

Neil Mainland, 54, died on Thursday 3rd June 2010 following a long battle against cancer.

The communications industry has lost one of its most effective and yet un-sung practitioners in the recent sad passing of Neil Mainland. An unwaveringly optimistic and pragmatic professional, he always brought a happy demeanour to bear on even the most difficult challenges.

Neil was chairman of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group between 1998 and 2000 and under his guidance its membership base grew significantly, not least because people were drawn by his infectious enthusiasm and down-to-earth attitude. The group also widened its sphere of influence as Neil drove the debate about the regulation of PR into the financial services media he knew so well.

He represented all that was best in our profession - huge integrity, deep market knowledge, widespread relationships and the unstinting trust and respect of his clients and colleagues. Yet he always preferred the spotlight to shine on others as he worked quietly and effectively to steer those he supported to many achievements.

That the Corporate and Financial Group is as strong as it is today is in no small way due to the leadership that Neil brought. He was a friend to many of us and he will be sorely missed.

Stewart Prosser

 

Caroline Cecil adds: I met Neil in the late 80s when he came to work at Valin Pollen. We both set up our businesses at the same time and, although we were sometimes in competition, we often shared ideas and also collaborated on client projects. So much so that we had discussions over several months about the possibility of merging our two companies and considered naming the merged entity after a classic car, reflecting one of Neil's keen interests.

We eventually decided to continue on our separate paths and Neil sold to Financial Dynamics. As well as being a true professional, he was one of the nicest people and was quick to laugh, often so much that his shoulders shook. It particularly appealed to the Scot in him that, after extracting his business from FD, Mainland PR returned to its old offices with the same telephone number so there was no need to reprint the stationery.

Neil made light of his illness offering to meet over a tasty glass of water after he gave up alcohol on medical grounds. Many of us will have many happy memories of lively parties at Ivy Lodge with Neil, his wife Maggie, son Angus and brother Keith who also has a background in communications. Neil's annual address to the Haggis was not to be missed.

 

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