“The Taylor Bennett Foundation has worked for six years with the support of leading partners in the communications industry to broaden the talent base. The programme has had a significant and measurable impact, opening doors for over 100 graduates and giving companies real opportunities to increase diversity in their workforce. We will continue to work hard with our supporters towards our goal of changing the face of PR”
Heather McGregor, Managing Director at Taylor Bennett
and Founder of the Taylor Bennett Foundation

The Taylor Bennett Foundation’s award-winning training and mentoring programmes exist to encourage black, Asian and ethnic minority graduates to pursue a career in communications.

Established by communications executive search firm Taylor Bennett in partnership with the University of East London in 2008, the Foundation seeks to address the need for greater diversity in the public relations industry.

With the support of leading communication companies, we run ten week personal development training programmes that enable trainees to expand their knowledge and skillset, to begin building their personal professional networks, and to look for a first job in PR.

Trainees receive an allowance while taking part in the programme which covers their living and travel costs, and receive professional training in communication, the media and business.

Trainees also take part in practical assignments that improve and demonstrate PR skills, receive specialist careers advice as they begin their job search, and meet leading people in the PR and media industries.

In addition to the core training programme, TBF has now also launched a mentoring programme that will enable the Foundation to support a greater number of young people pursing a career in PR each year.

In the last nine years more than 170 graduates have been through the programmes, 83% of whom have gone on to work in the PR and communications industry.

CLICK HERE to read more about our impact.
to apply for a place on one of our programmes.
CLICK HERE to support our work.

“The work of the award-winning Taylor Bennett Foundation is an inspiration to many in the communications industry and beyond. Increasing opportunities for a diverse pool of talent is one of the main issues facing business and wider society, and initiatives like this are essential to creating momentum and achieving change”
Lord Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship at KPMG International
and Patron of the Taylor Bennett Foundation

The Taylor Bennett Foundation kick started 2015 by publishing a Case Study Book which provides an overview of our work with input from numerous alumni and supporters.

The book was possible thanks to the kind support of ICG. You can download a PDF copy here.

“The work of the Taylor Bennett Foundation is incredibly important in promoting excellence and opportunity in our industry. Finsbury is delighted to be supporting this training programme, which prepares talented young people to succeed in PR”
James Murgatroyd, Partner, Finsbury


Taylor Bennett Foundation launches mentoring scheme and fundraising drive, PR Week, September 2016

PR Spotlight – Sarah Pinch, Vuelio blog, September 2016

Supporting diversity in PR, Pinch Point blog, June 2016

Heather McGregor awarded CIPR President’s Medal, CIPR, June 2016

Mentoring masterclass from TBF’s Sarah Stimson, Golin blog, June 2016

Public relations is booming but there’s no room for complacency on salaries, gender and ethnicity, The Drum, June 2016

Why are PR agencies so white? Evadney Campbell blog, June 2016

Letters to BledCom: Towards a community of practice in public relations, June 2016

Spotlight on Shereene Witter at Franklin Rae, PR Careers

Spotlight on Nishal Ratanji at Golin, PR Careers

UK comms equal opportunities charity Taylor Bennett wins PRWeek US diversity award, PR Week, October 2015

TBF and alumna Kharis Brooks recognised at PRCA Internship Awards, PR Week, July 2015

How to increase diversity in public relations, PR Moment, June 2015

Taylor Bennett Foundation appoints chair of trustees, Communicate, May 2015

Golin ‘shakes up’ recruitment with mentoring scheme to increase diversity, PR Week, February 2015

The winners of the London Loves Talent Awards 2014, London Loves Business, April 2014

Want to get a job in PR, PR Academy, March 2014

Public relations professionals to discuss the business case for diversity, CIPR, October 2013

Why the PR industry lacks diversity, The Guardian, February 2013

30 years on – Taylor Bennett, Gorkana, October 2012

Diversity – Five ways to break the barriers, PR Week, April 2012

LMBS PR student wins place on paid internship programme with top London agencies, LMBS News, Feburary 2010

Interns scheme sets fine example, PR Week, August 2011

Diversity In PR, CIPR TV, June 2011

Taylor Bennett Foundation calls for PR mentors to promote diversity in the industry, PR Week, April 2011

Developing a skilled workforce, Evening Standard, March 2011

The PR debate isn’t about money, PR Moment, February 2011

Taylor Bennett founds charity to promote greater diversity in PR, PR Week, November 2010

New foundation launches to foster diversity in PR and comms, Communicate, November 2010

The handshakes that change lives, Financial Times, November 2010

New charity to promote diversity in PR, Gorkana, November 2010

Diversity Matters, Communicate, January 2009

From Our Readers: Diversity is the key to good recruitment, PR Week, October 2008

“Encouraging increased diversity among practitioners is one of the main issues facing the industry and the Institute places great emphasis on supporting efforts to improve this. We are delighted to continue to contribute to the work of the Foundation, which has achieved significant success in addressing this issue”
Sukhjit Grewal, Director of Professional Development & Membership at CIPR