Global Business and Communications Director,
Clipper Ventures Plc
Jonathan has a lifetime of media and PR experience from initial specialist freelance writing and production, to owning his own broadcast production company and strategic communications consultancy which included extensive international projects for a combination of global brands, government and third sector. Following the sale of his business, Pentagon Communications, to a US based company in the late 90s Jonathan returned to independent consultancy and was introduced to the Clipper Race through a client sponsoring a yacht in the event. The Clipper Race was established in 1996 by legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who became the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world. Jonathan joined Clipper Ventures in 2010 to develop their communications and growth strategy. He has overseen a substantial increase in the event’s global audience and profile and is executive producer of two TV series which are distributed globally by BBC Worldwide. He is currently preparing for the tenth edition of the biennial Clipper Race which starts on 30 August from the UK.
Jonathan Levy (57) is Global Business and Communications Director at Clipper Ventures plc, organisers of the world’s longest ocean race: Clipper Round the World – a unique biennial event which trains amateur sailors, many of them novices, to tackle a 40,000 nautical mile series of races around the planet.
Group Communications Director,
Barney leads the corporate communications function for Network Rail, responsible for all internal and external communications and public affairs. Network Rail owns and maintains 20,000 miles of railway in the UK and all the stations, with 35,000 employees and hundreds of thousands of contractors.
Barney has worked in Parliament, Government, consultancy and business. He joined Network Rail from Unilever where he was global vice president, campaigns and digital. Before joining Unilever he was senior director, strategy and communications for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Barney started his career as a speechwriter in the UK parliament, and then spent eight years in consultancy, rising to board director at Fishburn Hedges.
Divisional Communications Director,
Charles joined Serco in early 2011 as Communications Director, Defence Science and Nuclear, where he was responsible for design and execution of the communications strategy across internal and external stakeholders.
Over the past two years he has led the Media Relations team for the UK & European business during which time he has been responsible for all proactive and defensive media relations. This particularly included the crisis management around issues such as Cornwall out of hours; Yarls Wood, Suffolk Community Healthcare, Northern Isles Ferries and the COMPASS contracts.
Previously he has held senior communications roles in a number of public and private companies including Lloyds Banking Group, Celerant Consulting, Wincanton Group plc and BAE Systems plc and its forerunner British Aerospace plc and including Royal Ordnance, MBD and Eurofighter.
Charles has a proven track record of managing and communicating strategic change at a European, national and global level, as well as extensive experience with media and investor relations, reputation and brand management, public affairs, and marketing.
As Communications Director at Serco LR&G Charles will develop and implement the Divisional Communications Strategy, reflecting the future vision for LR&G and Serco Group, engaging internal and external stakeholders and supporting LR&G growth ambitions.
Charles enjoys playing sports including tennis, skiing and cycling.
He lives in Bath and is married with two sons.
Director of Corporate Communications,
Paul leads Kellogg’s communications and government relations work across the British Isles. His work includes overseeing the company’s extensive corporate social responsibility programme of school breakfast clubs, holiday breakfast clubs and support for food banks.
Paul sits on the Kellogg’s UK Board of Directors, is Vice-Chair of the UK Cereal Association and is public affairs lead for the UK Snack Association.
He joined Kellogg’s more than six years ago from travel firm Thomas Cook and has a background in corporate and brand communications.
Paul has a degree in politics and modern history from the University of Manchester.
Head of Corporate Communications,
Greater Manchester Police
Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience both as a journalist and in communication roles. For the past 15 years she has worked in senior communication roles within the police service and is currently responsible for Corporate Communications at Greater Manchester Police.
Initially, Amanda worked on local newspapers throughout the North West of England before moving into public relations working for a number of public sector organisations.
She has led the communication team at Greater Manchester Police during some challenging times including the murder of two police officers, August 2011 riots, death of the former Chief Constable and numerous counter terrorism investigations.
Amanda was also responsible for the development of the GMP Twitter Day in 2010 when the Force published details of all calls received in a 24 hours period.
Amanda has been chair of the national Association of Police Communicators (APComm) since January 2013.
Head of Media and PR,
Tamsin O’Brien read English Literature and Language at Leicester University.
She was trained by the BBC as a broadcast journalist in 1989 and began her first job as a radio journalist for BBC Radio Berkshire.
She then worked for the BBC for nearly 20 years – in Birmingham as a Radio and TV Journalist, then in Manchester as a Producer and Editor of BBC Regional TV News.
In 2004 she became Head of Regional and Local Programmes for BBC Yorkshire and in 2006 she crossed the Pennines again to become Head of BBC North West.
She has been responsible for TV and Radio news, BBC Local websites, TV Documentaries, Political Programmes and Sport. In her time at the BBC she oversaw the coverage of major stories such as the arrest and trial of the serial killer Harold Shipman and the 7/7 Bombings.
She left the BBC in 2008 and travelled the world. She worked as Head of Media and PR for Oxfam GB from 2014 to 2015 and is now a Consultant for them.
The Oxfam Media Unit promotes Oxfam’s work to eliminate poverty—by highlighting its humanitarian work all over the world, its key campaigns on extreme inequality and the impact of climate change.
Global Head, Crisis Management and Protective Intelligence Programmes,
Matthew Penney is the Global Head of Crisis Management and Protective Intelligence at Deutsche Bank. He joined the bank in 2007 as Head of Crisis Management for UK/MEA based in London. He soon moved with the bank to Singapore, where he was based until 2011 as Deputy Global Head of Crisis Management. Matthew developed and implemented the bank's crisis management programme across the APAC region, and led the team’s effort during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, the 2010 civil unrest in Thailand, and the 2011 earthquake in Japan. Matthew came back to London as Global Head of Protective Intelligence and Crisis Management in 2011.
Deutsche Bank’s Protective Intelligence team provides forecasting and risk analysis to DB’s risk management functions, allowing them to enhance their ability to anticipate and protect the bank’s people, infrastructure, processes and information. The Crisis Management team is responsible for the development, awareness and training of crisis management practices throughout DB. A large proportion of this programme prepares, coordinates and executes scenario-based exercises to test the readiness of DB’s business and infrastructure to respond to crises. The team is currently focussing on a global level C-suite cyber security and electronic trading readiness exercises. DB’s Crisis Management Programme was recognised by Continuity & Insurance Risk Magazine in 2008 for "Crisis Strategy of the year" and again in 2010 for "Best Recovery of the year".
Matthew previously worked for several leading UK-based risk management companies, following eight years service as a commissioned officer in the British Airborne Forces.
For nearly 20 years, he has advised some of the world’s largest and most respected companies, helping them factor reputation into their decision making, resolve controversial issues and respond to crises. A specialist in strategic crisis preparedness and management, he has helped global organisations become ‘crisis ready’ and has provided senior counsel in many live situations.
Andrew is also an author, commentator and speaker. His second book, Crisis, Issues and Reputation Management, was published in April 2014.
He has a degree in Politics from the University of Hull (UK) and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Delaware (US).
Jonathan Hemus is the managing director of crisis management consultancy, Insignia. Through its crisis management planning, training, testing and consultancy services, Insignia helps organisations to do and say the right thing when the pressure is on.
Jonathan has more than 25 years’ experience providing crisis management training and consultancy to businesses, brands and government bodies around the world. Working with these organisations at the most senior level he has been instrumental in determining their reputational vision and steering them through crises that have posed major threats to their integrity.
During his ten years at top ten global PR consultancy Porter Novelli, he was both UK leader of its corporate practice and global leader of its crisis and issues management practice. He is an experienced crisis counsellor having developed plans and delivered training around the world to prevent and prepare for crises.
At Insignia, Jonathan has advised a wide range companies on how to protect their reputations and trained hundreds of executives in Asia, Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East to successfully communicate with their many stakeholders. Organisations which have benefited from his experience include Carrefour, DP World, Henley Business School, the International Cricket Council, Lundin Mining, Procter and Gamble, Pukka Pies and the UAE Prime Minister’s Office.
He is a sought after trainer, coach and speaker on crisis management and has spoken on reputation management, crisis communication, PR and business continuity at national and international conferences and events, most recently the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference in Florida. He is a guest member of the Henley Business School faculty and a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Jonathan is a regular media commentator on crisis management having featured on Sky News, BBC TV and radio, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, the Times of London, the Guardian, The Director and Huffington Post.
Drawing on both media and legal experience, Chris helps international businesses identify and deal with threats to corporate reputation and the privacy of senior executives and investors. His clients include multi-billion dollar mining, commodities and energy clients, private investment businesses and several FTSE 100 companies. Chris is also an experienced libel and privacy litigator, acting in a number of high profile media disputes and reputation sensitive disputes that do not directly involve the media.
Di Burton Limited
Di Burton is the former managing director of Cicada Communications Limited, which she founded in 1987. She advises at board level on leadership issues, employee engagement and stakeholder management for a range of blue chip organisations, including JaguarLandRover. In 2014, Di acted as Interim Head of Communications for North Yorkshire Police.
As an industry expert, Di has worked at 10 Downing Street and is a member of the Cabinet Office Communications Review team.
For 16 years she directed the MA in Public Communication programme for the Government Communication Network (GCN) at Leeds Trinity University College.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Di is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a CIPR Accredited Practitioner. She leads several senior CIPR workshops, and mentors people from within the industry.
Di is a member of London’s Reform Club, a Freeman of the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners and is listed in Debrett’s People of Today. She is also a member of the Two Percent Club, and has been named as Ackrill Media Group Business Personality of the Year. She has appeared in PR Week’s Power List and named as one of Yorkshire’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs.
A Harvard Business School alumni, she is also a Yorkshire Patron, a trustee of Harrogate Theatre and a board member of the Northern Aldborough Festival.
Head of News and Press Secretary to the Secretary of State,
Department for International Development
Zoe Paxton is the Head of News and Press Secretary to the Secretary of State at the Department for International Development. She has been at DFID for just over two years, during which time she has worked on the UK Government’s response to the recent earthquake in Nepal, the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Towards the end of 2014 Zoe spent time in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis, communicating the speed and scale of the UK Government’s fight against the disease to British and international media. Previously she worked as Chief Press Officer in the Cabinet Office and for several years in the Home Office Press Office – including heading up the policing & security team as well on immigration. Before joining the Civil Service in 2007, Zoe worked at The Times and Financial Times.
Associate Editor, Online,
Simon Bucks is Associate Editor at Sky News. He was Senior Programme Editor at ITN, producing all the main news programme on ITV. He was Controller of Programmes at London News Network, the Carlton/Granada owned company which made 7 day news for ITV in London. After a period as an independent producer and consultant, which included executive producing the Millennium Night show for ITV, he moved to Sky News as head of the Business News unit, before becoming an executive producer. In 2007 he joined Sky’s growing online department where he has helped develop the channel’s digital journalism. He is also a partner in Armitage Bucks Communications, a media consultancy and a director and past president of the Society of Editors.
Director of Communications,
John Shield joined the BBC as Director of Communications in November 2013. He 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 - John headed up all the communications activity for the department, including press, marketing and internal communications.
John has both private and public sector experience, having been a Director at one of Britain's largest transport businesses and the Head of Communications for news, current affairs and sport at the BBC. He was also Director of Communications at the Department for Communications and Local Government, and Head of News at the Department for Education and Skills. He has also worked at the Foreign Office and No. 10.
Director of Communications,
Department of Health
Sam Lister joined the Department of Health as Director of Communications in December 2011. He oversees communications across the health and care portfolio, from campaigns, consultations and digital engagement to policy and stakeholder communications and one of the busiest and most high profile newsrooms in Whitehall. Before joining the Department, Sam spent 11 years at The Times in senior reporting and management roles, including as health correspondent, news editor and latterly for three years as the newspaper’s health editor.
Director of Media,
Save the Children
Richard Warburton is the Director of Media at Save the Children and leads the news, media planning and Public Relation teams, as well as the Global Media Unit. Richard guides the media team to undertake a variety of pro-active work; raising the profile of the organisation and the issues that affect our supporters, project partners, benefactors, but most of all, children. Richard joined Save the Children in July 2013 direct from the Prime Minister’s media team in Downing Street, where he was chief press officer for home affairs. While at No10 ten he oversaw the media handling plans for the “horsemeat scandal”, national flooding and the immediate aftermath of the Woolwich stabbing terrorist incident. He spent nine years working at several Whitehall departments - including the Home Office (where he lead the media team dealing with policing and counter terrorism) and Department for Culture, Media and Sports. He started his career as a journalist, spending nine years in national and regional newspapers.
Head of Group Public Relations,
The Co-operative Group
Russ has held a number of senior communication roles over the past 20 years. In his current role he is responsible for all Group Corporate & Financial PR activity within The Group and its core family of businesses in the Food, Insurance, Funeralcare and Legal Services sectors. A key part of this work is to support the revival of The Group’s corporate reputation following the crisis in 2013, triggered by the capital shortfall within its Bank. Russ led the in-house PR team during the crisis and is now responsible for the development and delivery of the corporate narrative through the Group’s rebuild period.
The majority of Russ’ career has been spent within the financial services and retail sectors . Prior to taking up his present role in the Group in 2009, Russ was Head of Corporate Affairs for The Co-operative Financial Services’ from 2002 -2009 and prior to that was Head of Corporate Affairs for The Co-operative Insurance from 1999-2002.
Prior to joining The Co-operative 16 years ago Russ worked for The Guardian Royal Exchange Group for 10 years. As part of GRE's graduate training and management programme Russ worked across a number of marketing and operational areas before heading up the PR department for the financial services’ business.
Head of Internal Communication and Engagement,
Heather is Head of Internal Communication and Engagement at London Underground. Communication really is how leaders and organisations activate their people to deliver and how they attract and retain top talent – great comms really is a competitive advantage. Part art, part science, communications is THE key to turning ‘business as usual’ into ‘business extraordinary’.
Head of Internal Communications,
Hari joined the core build team for TSB back in November 2012 with a tiny core team of four to build the Internal Communications function and act as the executive communications business partner to the Chief Executive, Paul Pester. Since then Hari has grown the team to offer strategic support across the Bank Executive as well as leading the internal digital communications team, and event and news editorial function.
After graduating from University in Bristol, Hari joined Lloyds TSB (as was) holding jobs in data analysis, marketing, and change management where she discovered her natural affinity to internal communications and employee engagement
Head of Communications and Public Affairs,
Cruises Lines International Association Europe (CLIA)
Tomas is a Senior executive with 18 years of relevant experience in all facets of external, internal and crisis communications, corporate marketing and brand awareness campaigns.
Successes include developing wide-ranging of brand awareness and reputation recovery campaigns supporting new products, public companies and brands, securing media coverage in numerous high-profile outlets, elevating awareness and visibility, public affairs and industry relations efforts, and repositioning of corporate messaging.
Expertise in tourist, airline, cruise travel, Pharma, health, and food industries, as well as communication in Governmental affairs, public companies and administrations.
Assistant professor at IE Business School (Madrid), specialized in brand awareness and reputation management.
Relevant Experience advising and managing the communication of different Public Administrations and Governments at the highest political level. Public Affairs functions within European Union and European National Governments arena.
He currently holds the position of Head of Communication and Public Affairs for Europe of the most powerful cruise line industry association, CLIA, overviewing 15 European markets. Tom is responsible for establishing public affairs and communication strategy as well as setting up media relations groundwork operations across Europe under CLIA local chapters, including Brussels before the European Union.
Develop long-term and short-term strategies to anticipate and manage a complex array of reputational issues.
Jonathan preserves the value of corporate and individual reputations, and those of their brands, when they are threatened by the media, using a full range of legal and regulatory protections available. He has done this work for over 20 years, and works closely with leading PR agencies to craft media strategies when corporate or individual reputations are under commercial threat by the media. Jonathan advises more broadly on media strategy which he does with leading PR companies. He also provides pre-publication and pre-broadcast advice to media clients, and advises post publication/broadcast when legal actions or regulatory complaints are threatened.