21 November 2017 | Shoreditch Courthouse, London

2016 Speakers

Jim Connor,  Lloyds Banking Group

Director of Communications, Commercial Banking

Jim has 20 years’ experience as a business leader. His career has seen him work across the education, leisure, telecoms, energy, transport, retail and financial services sectors. Before joining Lloyds, Jim was accountable for worldwide communication and engagement at Tesco – 500,000 colleagues.

Tony Cooke, Adidas Group

Drew McMillan,  Virgin Trains

Head of Internal Communications and Innovation

Drew has worked around the world in a broad range of sectors. As the lead on IC and innovation at Virgin Trains, part of the global Virgin family, he is responsible for fostering a highly collaborative, transparent and agile working culture on one of the world’s busiest high-speed rail networks.

Paul Morgan Communications Director Premiership Rugby

Rebecca Heptinstall,  Financial Times

Head of Brand and Employee Communications

Rebecca's remit is to promote and protect the reputation of the FT brand through strategic marketing, and connect employees with the FT’s mission to be the gold standard in business journalism. Prior to joining the FT, Heptinstall specialised in social media at marketing agencies. 

Caroline Rhodes,  Diageo plc

Global Employee Engagement Director

Caroline joined Diageo 20 years ago and has held a number of positions within the events, experiential, sponsorship and communications arena, both globally and across Europe. She is currently responsible for creating and leading the employee engagement and IC strategy across the globe.

Gabe Winn, Britain Stronger in Europe

Former Director of External Relations and Senior Business Advisor

After a stint as a management consultant, Gabe spent 15 years in internal and external comms, latterly at Centrica Energy. Gabe recently led external relations for the ‘Remain’ campaign in the EU Referendum, and advised senior business leaders on ways to navigate the Brexit debate.

Charelle Wigley, Bupa

Head of Change Communications

Charelle has spent the last 18 years helping companies improve how they communicate with their people, with experience spanning the charity, retail, entertainment and healthcare sectors.  She currently works with colleagues across the globe to help 84,000 people love working at Bupa.

Laura Du Plessis,  Warwick University

Associate Director - Communications and External Affairs

Laura is responsible for internal communications and comms strategy and planning across staff and student communications, marketing, alumni relations, stakeholder relations and the executive management team. She is also Comms Director for the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA).

Joanna Bleasdale,  BT Consumer

Head of Internal Communications, Engagement and CSR

Jo is an experienced manager of both high-performing agency and in-house comms teams with a breadth of communications experience. Specialist industries include broadcast and entertainment, travel, technology and personal finance.

Nicola Green,  Telefonica

Director of Communications

Nicola directs all of Telefonica UK’s PR, IC, public affairs, campaigning, strategic media relations, and manages social media activity in UK and Europe. Nicola previously spent eight years as Head of PR for O2, successfully helping to establish the O2 brand within the press and online media in the UK.

Sarah Davies,  BT Consumer

Principle - Internal Communications

A global Internal Communications professional with over 15 years’ experience across consumer, IT and financial services organisations. Sarah specialises in leading complex internal communication programmes including M&A activity and large scale transformation programmes.

Louise Myson,  TalkTalk plc

Head of Culture and Engagement

Over the past 10 years, Louise has worked with global companies in the UK and abroad, helping them to design and sustain their communications and engagement strategies, all with a focus on driving organisational performance. Since 2013, Louise has been shaping the employee engagement agenda at TalkTalk, most recently leading a programme of cultural change for the organisation.

Bruce Greenhalgh, BT

Global Health and Wellbeing Clinical Lead

Bruce is a psychotherapist and qualified mindfulness teacher, and has worked in the field of employee wellbeing for more than 30 years. He has been leading on the introduction of mindfulness at BT and is certified by the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute created by Google. 

Rachel Le Maire, BNP Paribas

Learning and Development Manager

Rachel has worked in L&D for the last 10 years and before that in event management and marketing. She has worked hard to successfully change the mindset towards L&D at BNP Paribas to one that is much more positive and engaging. 

Sarah Burke,  UK House of Lords

Internal Communications Manager

Sarah Burke has more than ten years’ experience in internal and change communications. Prior to joining the House of Lords Administration Sarah worked for a variety of private and third sector organisations including Diabetes UK, Informa and Nando’s.  

Sarah Mullins, Telefonica

Head of Change Communications

James Tarbit, HSBC

Head of Employee Insight

James’ job is to help people understand people better. He creates qualitative and quantitative research that allows leaders to understand the motivations, knowledge, aspirations, concerns and behaviours of the employees who make up HSBC.

Ruth Marshall Johnson, The Future Laboratory

Foresight Director

Ruth is a trends industry specialist with experience in translating cultural and consumer research into highly effective strategy for leading brands and organisations. Ruth specialises in identifying and explaining the relationship between cultural development and consumer behaviour.

Henry Davies, 106 Communications


Henry has worked with organisations such as Laing O’Rourke, Accenture, Petrofac, State Street and RBS on a range of projects from leadership comms and employer branding to global engagement strategies. He’s passionate about storytelling and employee advocacy, and how great communication can inspire action.

Gemma McGrattan, Synergy Creative

Founding Director

Gemma has over 20 years’ experience in marketing, internal communications, employer brand and employee engagement, delivering campaigns for clients as diverse as ODEON/UCI Cinemas, Ladbrokes, Argos, Vodafone, Aviva and Kawasaki, focusing on brand engagement, from the inside-out.

Georgie Mann, Green Hat People


Georgie is one of the Directors of Green Hat People UK, a company that designs interactive experiences that enhance corporate communication and learning. Prior to spearheading the launch of Green Hat People in the UK, Georgie ran a successful training company for nearly 10 years.

Russell Oakley, Rapport, The People Activation Agency

Brand Engagement Director

Russell specialises in helping brands inspire their internal & external audiences. Over the past decade, Russell has helped a host of recognisable brands understand the challenges they face when connecting with their audiences and how to overcome these using different types of content and live experiences.

Chris Platt, Rapport, The People Activation Agency

Creative Director

Over the last 10 years Chris has led teams to create and deliver award winning projects for a diverse range of clients. From fashion brands to banking, Chris spends most of his time developing ‘activations' that put employees centre stage.

Steve Elcock, elementsuite


With over 16 years experience of working with large brands such as McDonald’s, Standard Chartered Bank and Tesco, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge on how to balance advances in digital technology with pragmatic business change in order to deliver measurable benefits.

Hannah Moffatt, The Writer

Creative Director

Over the last three years Hannah’s love of language and learning has seen her train brand managers in Brazil, accountants in Bangkok and lawyers in London. She’s worked with legal, risk and compliance teams at the Financial Ombudsman, BT and Santander – to name but a few.

Hilary Scarlett, Scarlett & Grey

Founder and Director

Hilary is an international speaker, consultant, and author. Her work has spanned Europe, the US and Asia and concentrates on the development of people-focused change management programmes, leadership development and employee engagement.

Mike Pounsford, Couravel


Mike works with clients to clarify and communicate purpose, vision and strategy, to design and deliver engagement programmes, and to develop the communication capabilities of leaders and managers. He is the President Elect of the UK Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.


A great way to inspire new ideas and realise you share issues with other businesses

Brand and Communications Manager,  Insights

Fast paced, jam packed, nice mix of interesting topics and speakers

Client Service Director,  WMW

An ambitious Internal Comms line up which delivers - I left full of ideas and primed for action

Internal Communications & Events Manager,  Nestle Central & West Africa

2016 Partners