Award-winning content marketing and PR agency, Padua Communications, today announced that its managing director, Nicky Rudd, has been made a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world’s leading professional marketing body.

Fellow status is the highest-ranking member level of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is recognition of a senior professional with many years of strategic experience.

Nicky has worked nationally and internationally in content marketing and PR for over 20 years and founded Padua Communications in 2009. With a background in tech PR and experience of working in business-to-business and consumer markets, Nicky has plenty of experience of working with clients in a wide range of markets nationally and internationally. She has also worked in TV and radio production at The Media Trust and BBC Radio Northampton, where she also presented.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Nicky also sits on the CIM South East Board as vice-chair of events and the Institute of Directors’ (IOD) Hampshire and Isle of Wight committee. She is a regular speaker on topics related to business communications, marketing and PR.

She said: “It is great to be recognised at such a high level. Being made a fellow is recognition from a chartered body and your peers, which feels amazing. Content marketing and PR has changed dramatically in the past two decades since I started in the industry, but I would say its importance within business has also increased.

“We now have marketing directors recognised at board level, which feels like a massive step forward. It is also an industry where women are increasingly recognised at a senior level. As a working mum, that is extremely important to me as I feel it sets an example to future generations and my daughter.”

Based in Hampshire and Surrey, Padua Communications provides content, marketing, PR and events support to large and small companies across a wide range of industry sectors that want to create a conversation with the media, existing customers and new target audiences.