Speakers


Katie Perkin,  Sussex Police

Head of Corporate Communications

Rob Simpson,  Tata Steel Europe

Head of Media Relations

Rob has helped maintain public and political support for Tata Steel during a period of unprecedented change. Tata Steel became the second highest-profile UK business story in 2016 as it battled factors which threatened its survival. Rob previously worked for the global engineering company Siemens and was a spokesman for the National Farmers’ Union during the national foot-and- mouth disease outbreak in 2001.

Fiona Jennings, TUI UK & Ireland

External Communications Director

Since joining the business more than 5 years ago, Fiona has developed a number of high profile consumer campaigns to raise awareness of the Thomson, First Choice, Thomson Airways and Thomson Cruises brands and challenge consumers perceptions of the package holiday market, this included the delivery of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to a UK airline.

Wendy Jarrett,  Understanding Animal Research

Chief Executive

Wendy began her career at Burson-Marsteller, working on various issues management and crisis preparedness projects. In the intervening 27 years she has helped many organisations think through their communications plans for a wide variety of possible scenarios, both positive and negative.

Francis Thomas,  London Midland

Head of Corporate Affairs

Francis joined London Midland following record numbers of train cancellations in 2012. Tasked with rebuilding trust and confidence in the organisation, passenger satisfaction has increased, performance has improved and London Midland has rebuilt relationships with key stakeholders and the media. Previously Francis held senior positions with Boots, Lego and Ofqual.

Kate Hartley, Polpeo

Co-founder

Kate Hartley co-founded Polpeo in 2013. She has 25 years’ experience in crisis and reputation management, and corporate PR. She has spoken and run workshops on the impact of social media on crisis management at international events, most recently at SXSW, The Global PR Summit, and Social Media Today’s Social Shake Up.

Peter Willis, Daily Mirror

Editor

Dee McIntosh,  Battersea Dogs Home

Director of Communications and External Affairs

Dee joined Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as Director of Communications in 2010 and has played a leading part in growing the animal welfare organisation into one of the UK’s top ten best known and much loved charity brands. Protecting and enhancing brand reputation is central to Dee’s work.

Frances Browning,  Direct Line

Head of Brand PR and Social Media

Nick Foley,  National Trust

Head of Communications

Nick leads on external communications for one of Britain’s biggest and best loved charities, which now has of over 4.5m members. Since joining the National Trust in 2015, his team have won multiple industry awards for digital, crisis communications and campaigns. Nick joined the Trust from EDF Energy where he led on consumer PR and the company’s efforts to rebuild customer trust.

Louise Johnson,  Calderdale Council

Communications Manager

Louise currently manages comms, PR, marketing and public affairs for Calderdale Council, managing a diverse offering to customers across one of the biggest rural boroughs during challenging financial times. Previously, she was Communications Director for Capita working on high profile, Government contracts for over 10 years.

Steph Bailey, FleishmanHillard Fishburn

MD Corporate

Steph is well equipped to deal with corporate reputations, especially when times are tough. She has 15 years’ experience as a corporate affairs adviser to some of the world’s leading companies and brands, including Western Union, Intel, Rolls-Royce and HSBC. Her role covers crisis communications, media and stakeholder relations and digital engagement with cyber issues increasingly becoming part of that remit.

Jonathan Hemus, Insignia

Managing Director

As MD of specialist crisis management consultancy Insignia, Jonathan provides crisis management planning, training, exercises and counsel to businesses, brands and government bodies around the world. Organisations which have benefited from his experience include DP World, the England and Wales Cricket Board, GE, Henley Business School, Luton Airport, Procter and Gamble, PwC and the UAE Prime Minister’s Office.

John Shield,  BBC

Director of Communications

John Shield is Director of Communications at the BBC and is responsible for all of the BBC’s communications activity. Prior to this, John was Director of Communications at the Department for Work and Pensions, heading up all the communications activity for the department, including press, marketing and internal communications.

Niall Duffy, Independent Press Standards Organisation

Director of External Affairs

Niall is responsible for PR, public affairs, digital and corporate communications work at IPSO, the regulator for more than 2,500 publications and websites. Niall has more than 20 years’ experience in communications and has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors for organisations including the RSPCA, Nestlé UK and Flybe.

Jim Sheldrake, Novartis

Director, Issues and Risk Communications,

Jim is the group communications lead for issues management and crisis communications at Novartis, based in Basel, Switzerland.  Since 2010 he has managed numerous product, regulatory, ethics and safety issues, and also led the company communications response to public health emergencies including Ebola and the 2011 Japan earthquake/tsunami. 

Matthew Morris,  ICRC

UK & Ireland Spokesperson

Matthew is the UK & Ireland Spokesperson / Senior Communications Advisor for the ICRC in London. He joined the team in July 2015. His responsibilities include raising public awareness of the ICRC's global activities and managing media relations within the UK & Ireland.

Lily Kennett, Schillings

Director of Intelligence

Lily works closely with corporate leaders and prominent individuals to help them identify and address critical gaps in their knowledge. Drawing on a background in journalism and international relations, as well as a decade in business intelligence and investigations, she assists clients in identifying, interpreting and responding to reputational risks and provides reporting to support strategic decision-making.

Penny Fox,  BIS

Head of Strategic Engagement

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