Baby no bar for Truro PR

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While most parents of a newborn baby are getting to grips with nappy changing and night-time feeds, the director of a Truro-based marketing company has completed a post-graduate course just six weeks after giving birth.

Rachel Picken with baby Bryher
Rachel Picken with baby Bryher Evie

Rachel Picken, director of MPAD, completed the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma – a level 7 course – and with it, has gained accredited status as a PR practitioner.

She completed her final assignment when second daughter Bryher Evie, born on November 15, was just six weeks old.

With her results published this month, she passed the course with a merit.

Picken said: “There are perhaps only a handful of PR professionals in Cornwall to hold accredited status, and those who do I hold a lot of professional respect for.

“Together, we’re working to raise the standards of the PR industry in Cornwall.”

Sarah Pinch, regional chair of the CIPR in the south west, added: “This is a tough qualification and to achieve this whilst caring for a new born baby is testament to Rachel’s commitment to her profession and her family.”