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Head of Digital, Church of England
Adrian joined as the Church’s first head of digital in October 2016, where he was tasked with building a team and identifying strategic opportunities to use social media and online channels to engage both churchgoers and those exploring Christianity. Over his first three years, Adrian has overhauled the Church’s national digital presence, with his work associated with a big uplift in engagement and recognised by winning 15 national awards.
His proudest achievement is leading the #FollowTheStar campaign, which reached eight million people over Christmas 2018 and showed the possibilities when the Church works together locally and nationally to confidently share the Christian message.
Prior to the Church of England, Adrian was head of digital communications at both Bupa and Tesco.
Head of Media, Shelter
Alice originally trained as a journalist and worked at newspapers including The Daily Telegraph. She has been working in charity PR for the past decade. She has successfully lobbied big pharma for access to medicines, companies to crack down on tax avoidance and governments to protect children - including those in war zones. She is currently the Head of Media at Shelter, where she has helped increase earned media coverage by 50%, win groundbreaking change for renters, and better integrate its communications and fundraising functions. Under her leadership, Shelter won the PR Week In-House Team of the Year Gold Award in 2018 and a PRCA Award for 'best use of video in campaign'.
Director of Communications, Ofcom
Chris is the director of communications for Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator. He's responsible for Ofcom's media and corporate relations, internal communications, digital and creative functions. Chris joined Ofcom as a media analyst before moving into communications. He began his career as a journalist, writing about the TV and digital media sectors, and was editor of New Media Markets which was formerly published by the Financial Times, before becoming an editorial director for Informa, the FTSE 50 business intelligence provider. Chris is also a coach and mentor, qualifying with the Institute of Leadership and Management.
PR Manager, KPMG
Jennifer has nearly six years of in-house and agency experience in the public and private sectors, she is a passionate mentor, and was included in the 2018 PRWeek 30 under 30 list.
Her varied career began with pharma, health and public sector communications at Ketchum, Grayling and Edelman including a client secondment to Gatwick Airport.Following the 2016 Brexit referendum, Jennifer joined the City of London’s governing body as a property, transport and digital infrastructure press officer. There she managed and secured high profile media coverage for a range of issues including the London Bridge attack, controversial schemes such as the Tulip skyscraper, and policy announcements relating to infrastructure, road safety and air quality, but also highlight positive commitments made to the City such as the opening of Bloomberg's new HQ and Soho House's Ned Hotel.
Jennifer now leads on tech, media and telecoms and transport PR at the professional services firm, KPMG.
Account Director, Cision
James is an account director in Cision's corporate account management team. Working with some of the company's biggest clients including Sage, Samsung and HSBC, James uses his knowledge of the PR and comms sector to advise and manage clients' services. James has over a decade of sales experience working across the communications, media and tech sectors.
His hobbies include travellling, with an aim to visit every country in the world by 60, electronic music production and amateur plane spotting.
Editor at PRWeek
John has 16 years experience in b2b and trade journalism, writing for titles in the leisure and hospitality sector before moving to PRWeek in 2014 as deputy editor. He has been closely involved in major projects at the leading communications industry magazine, including the UK Top 150 Consultancies report, the UK Power Book, 30 Under 30, the Best Places to Work Awards, and the Campaigns for Good Awards. In October 2019, John was promoted to UK editor.
PR & Communications Manager, MoneySavingExpert.com
At MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE), Katie is responsible for the press office of the UK’s biggest consumer website, co-ordinating a team of 10 expert spokespeople, including the country’s top consumer champion, Martin Lewis.
With her campaigning hat on, her work includes driving the battle against scam online adverts conning people out of thousands of pounds, and supporting some of the most vulnerable in society to improve access to a crucial council tax discount for those diagnosed as ‘severely mentally impaired’.
During her tenure, MSE has topped YouGov’s brand advocacy rankings, and is currently third place in its BrandIndex Buzz list, beating the likes of Lidl, Ikea and iPlayer. MSE has also netted a B2C Brand of the Year gong in The Drum’s Online Media Awards. Before MSE, Katie started her career as a short filmmaker and then went on to work with a range of clients in-agency across many verticals.
Director, Reputation Lead, Deloitte UK
Mark is Deloitte’s corporate reputation lead across EMEA. He is a director in the Reputation, Crisis and Resilience Team part of Risk Advisory. The team supports clients to defend, understand and grow reputation equity. Working with multinational brands to get out of issues, provide counsel to leaders and bring scale and rigour to an organisations dynamic corporate affairs challenges.
Previously Mark held communications director roles for Williams F1 Racing Group, Samsung Europe and Fitness First Group. Before that he was a partner in Reputation Management Consultancy Reputation Inc and a co-founder of Stakeholder Communications.
Group managing director, The Sun
Paul has been managing editor for The Sun since 2016 and on the Board of the Society Editors since 2018. He served as editor of The Sun's Irish edition, having joined the title in 2005 as head of news. Paul previously worked on the news desk for the Daily Mirror in Ireland, and also worked with other various titles as a freelance journalist.
Director, Strategic Communications, Ketchum London
An ex-BBC business correspondent and presenter, Richard brings over 20 years of experience as a broadcast journalist and corporate communications specialist. He began his public relations career with KPMG before moving into communications consultancy, with a spell as director of EMEA communications at StubHub, an eBay-owned company. A Ketchum 'boomerang,' Richard has led integrated reputation programmes for clients such as Signify, Samsung and Mastercard. He also works regularly with senior leaders, supporting on narrative and message development for panel sessions, internal announcements and media encounters. He is one of the core leaders of strategy development for global clients at the World Economic Forum at Davos, where he supports them from ground level.
Director of Communications, Civil Aviation Authority
Richard joined the CAA in 2015 as communications director where he leads the multi-award winning strategic communications function. He has held senior communications roles in high profile businesses including as group strategic communications advisor at Centrica plc, corporate affairs director at AXA and director of public relations at Royal Mail Group, following 10 years working in agencies including Citigate Dewe Rogerson and Smithfield. Richard was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year Honours in 2019 for his public and charitable service. He is a prolific charity fundraiser and has climed Kilimanjaro and traversed New Zealand and the Arctic for good causes. Richard is currently the honorary president of Kids Count and also chairman of the John Adams Society, the US State Department's alumni association in the UK.
Founder & Managing Director, SIGWATCH
Robert is an expert on NGOs and activism and has contributed numerous articles and papers to management and academic publications, and has been interviewed widely, from the Financial Times and BBC Television News to Reuters Television and Swiss National Radio. He is also a visiting lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate courses at several UK universities, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Communications Management.
Robert was inspired to create SIGWATCH as a result of working at board director level of the public relations and issue management consultancies Fleishman-Hillard UK in the 1990s and before that, with the Quentin Bell Organisation. During this time he observed the increasing impact on businesses and politicians of professional campaigning groups. Robert has built SIGWATCH into the world's leading research and strategy consultancy on NGOs. Today SIGWATCH has over fifty clients across the world, typically sector-leading multinationals, supported by a global network of researchers and analysts.
Partner, Fortitude Partners
Robert's focus is helping companies define and articulate their place in the world and so connect more powerfully to the stakeholders who matter, including employees and consumers. Robert has over 20 years of experience in senior communications, change and stakeholder engagement roles in Citibank, the BBC, Cabe & Wireless, GlaxoSmithKline and Marks & Spencer. While at Marks & Spencer, Robert helped create the iconic 'Plan A' corporate responsibility programme.
Since co-founding Fortitude Partners years ago, Robert has advised clients around the world, including BMW, BASF, Compass, Nokia, Kering, L'Oréal, Pernod Richard, Unilever, the UN and Greenpeace.
Head of Media Relations, Thames Water
Stuart is head of media relations and spokesperson for Thames Water, Britains’s biggest water company serving 15 million customers across Londond and the Thames Valley. He’s best known for leading the team powering the ‘Monster Whitechapel fatberg’ story around the world.
Prior to Thames Water, White began his career as a sports reporter, covering the Athens Olympics in 2004, before sub-editing the Reading Evening Post. He also worked as a freelance journalist for publications such as Daily Mail, Metro and London Lite, and was a semi-professional footballer.
Fleet Street Fox
Susie is an award-winning news reporter on local and national newspapers who in 2012 outed herself as Fleet Street Fox, the hack behind an anonymous blog giving the inside track on the Street of Shame.
Now a columnist and commentator, she has survived a quarter of a century in Fleet Street as both staff and freelance - working for broadsheets, tabloids, news agencies, Sundays and dailies. So far she has never been successfully sued, though many have tried.
Her first book 'The Diaries of a Fleet Street Fox' was about sex and scandals the newspapers don't report. Her second, the 'Bluffer's Guide to Social Media', was about all the things the internet doesn't tell you. And her third, the 'Bluffer's Guide to Journalism', is about how to get in, get on, and get out of the best job on Earth.
Head of External Relations, Civil Aviations Authority
Will has led the CAA's external relations and stakeholder engagement team since January 2017. He is responsible for the CAA's relationship with Westminster, government officials and the wider aviation industry, and also leads the CAA's communications strategy regarding the UK's exit from the European Union. Prior to joining the CAA, he was at Weber Shandwick where he worked with international clients and focused on multi-market communications and engagement strategies. His clients included multi-national organisations, high net worth individuals and foreign governments.