Arvind Hickman, Media Editor, Campaign

Arvind Hickman is the media editor of Campaign. He has covered the marcomms industry in the UK and Australia during a 20-year journalism career. Prior to covering marcomms, Arvind held senior editorial roles across business, news and sport.

John Harrington, UK Editor, PRWeek

John Harrington is the UK Editor for PRWeek magazine. He was previously the deputy editor for 5 years where he wrote about some of the biggest issues in the PR and communications industry. Before that, John wrote for trade magazines in the eating and drinking out sector.

Raja Saggi, Senior Director, Ads Marketing, UK & IE, Google

Raja is Senior Director, Ads Marketing for Google in the UK – the biggest market for Google outside the US and the world’s most advanced country in terms of e-commerce and online advertising spending.

Prior to this role Raja spent 15 years in marketing, business development and consulting with Hibu (Yell), SAP (Ariba) and Accenture, as well as a number of startups. He has a degree from UCL and has an MBA from INSEAD.

Raja is a board advisor to the UCL Electrical Engineering department and to several tech start ups.

Thea Parnell, Digital Strategist, MHP Mischief

Thea has 15 years' experience in digital marketing and content strategy, she is tech savvy with an appetite for innovation, trends and content.

Thea has led high-impact projects for clients focused on commercial results and ROI, providing business-level guidance and direction.

Clients include Reuters, IG Group, Universal, Sony, LV=, TikTok and AstraZeneca.

David Ginivin, VP Corporate Affairs, Sage

Erica Faltous, Senior Director, EMEA Communications, ServiceNow

Previously head of EMEA communications at Zendesk, Erica led on regional public relations, social media and executive communications to build awareness of Zendesk as a leading platform for customer engagement. With nearly 20 years experience, she has worked across both B2B and B2C communications with brands including Salesforce, Sony Mobile and Virgin Mobile. She has recently started a new role as Senior Director, EMEA Communications at ServiceNow.

Outside of work, Erica also volunteers as a Pilotlighter, coaching non-profit organisations on their strategic planning. Originally from Canada, Erica now lives in East London.

James Drake, Head of Corporate Communications, Oracle

James is a senior communications professional with over a decades experience across boss agency and in-house roles. He has worked in B2B communications for the entirety of his career and has helped many brands drive awareness of their offerings.

In his current role, James leads all external communications for Oracle across the UK and Ireland. He leads Oracle’s media, influencer and social strategy for the two countries and is focused on helping tell innovative and provocative stories that create empathy with the brand.

Jack Richards, Marketing Team Lead Northern Europe, Talkwalker

Jack Richards leads Marketing for Northern Europe at Talkwalker. Responsible for regional marketing and communications strategy, Jack specialises in PR and Marketing Communications, whilst also driving Talkwalker's efforts across a range of channels, and through localised content he has authored.

Driven by data, Jack is passionate about communications intelligence and helping organisations implement solutions which help them get closer to the data, better understand their consumers, and aid decision making.

Jack is a Chartered Manager; Member of the PRCA; and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has worked with organisations of all sizes encompassing consultancy service providers; SaaS; and the public sector where he has enjoyed building rich on-the-ground experience in marketing and communications. Jack has featured in and secured coverage in a range of publications and broadcast outlets, including the BBC, Financial Times, SKY, CBC, The Independent, Talk TV, and a range of other national news outlets.

Kathryn Arbour, Partner, Deloitte

Lucy Linthwaite, Hybrid Cloud Geo Communications Leader, IBM Communications

Lucy is a senior communications professional with two decades of experience in both agency and in-house roles advising a range of UK and Global public companies and private partnerships.

In her current role, Lucy is part of IBM’s global communications function and supports teams in multiple geographies tell impactful hybrid cloud stories that bring IBM, it's values and people to life. Previously she led the IBM External Relations team for the UK and Ireland and was responsible for media strategy and execution. Before joining IBM, Lucy worked in legal PR across a diverse range of legal disciplines including commercial, criminal and litigation. Breaking news on major legal cases and reputation management for companies and individuals.

During her career she has worked across many industries on UK, European and global creative campaigns with some of the most high profile B2C and B2B brands to protect and enhance reputations. Developing content and stories to build profiles, drive organisational change or launch the latest and greatest innovations. She has led matrix teams in agency and in-house for many years, leading projects that aim to cut through the noise and make an impact on multiple channels – internally and externally.

Michele Moore Duhen, Senior Communications Manager, Vodafone Business

As a Senior Communications Manager at Vodafone Business, leads the internal and external communications team driving awareness of Vodafone Business’ shift from a telco to a technology communications organisation led by Purpose. With nearly 20 years of experience in both the USA and UK, she has a wealth of B2B comms experience both agency side and in-house. Prior to joining Vodafone Business, Michele worked at Capgemini where she led the global external communications for a number of Capgemini’s global business lines and launched the executive communications programmes for a number of senior executives. Through her agency experience she has worked with a number of start-ups and enterprise organisations including McDonald’s, Vodafone, Cisco, IBM, and StorSimple (acquired by MSFT).

Originally from Texas in the USA, she has lived in London since 2014 and recently received her British citizenship. She is a mentor in the Women in PR mentorship scheme.

Maya Price, SAP UKI Marketing Director, London

Maya Price has been UK & Ireland Marketing Director since June 2019. She leads the marketing team across UK & Ireland, executing SAP’s UKI growth strategy with a strong focus on raising awareness around the SAP brand and showcasing life-changing innovation, led by purpose.
Maya is passionate about marketing, with a particular interest in creating customised experiences, exploring the changing world of our customers and engaging in sincere, human and authentic ways with customers.
A 19-year SAP veteran, Maya brings a deep breadth of marketing experience, having held senior marketing positions in the UK and across Africa.
Before moving to the UK, Maya was part of the Africa marketing team responsible for all cloud offerings, as well as channel and partner marketing.
Maya has a passion for nurturing teams and allowing people to bring their authentic selves to work, and is a firm believer of the “lead from behind” style of leadership.
Prior to joining SAP, Maya owned an events company and ran major South African corporate events. She lives in Buckinghamshire and is an avid cook and baker.

Ryan Miles, Head of International Audience Marketing, Microsoft Advertising

Over the last 16 years Ryan has held a number of senior client-side, marketing roles leading teams across EMEA, LATAM and APAC. Ryan worked in Australia before relocating to the UK seven years ago where he is currently based as, Head of International Audience Marketing for Microsoft Advertising.

Ryan’s career spans the Media, Telco, Technology and Advertising industries including roles at News Corp, Vodafone and Microsoft. He’s held a variety of leadership roles including: Head of Media, Head of Digital Demand and Digital Marketing lead. Ryan’s wealth of experience includes building direct-to-consumer demand pipelines, developing global marketing go-to-market functions and leading media for some of the most well-known brands in the world. He also holds an Executive MBA from London Business School.

In his role at Microsoft Advertising, Ryan leads an international team of marketers focused on business and brand growth in markets across the world. With a mission to empower every marketer on the planet to achieve more, Ryan is focused on ensuring Microsoft Advertising’s solutions spanning, Adtech, display and native media, search advertising, retail technology and analytics help as many marketers as possible around the world drive sustainable business growth.

Sam Shrager, Head of Marketing and Communications, BCB Group

Sam heads up the PR and Marketing at BCB Group and leads on the strategy and execution for all communications, working alongside senior stakeholders to position BCB Group as an industry-leader at the forefront of an increasingly competitive space, advancing the world of crypto and empowering everyone to have access to the digital economy.

Santosh Sethumadhavan, Global Head of B2B Marketing Programmes, HSBC

Scott Newton, Senior Director, Strategic Operations, Cision

Scott is a Senior Director at Cision, building bespoke media intelligence solutions to address the challenges of communication professionals. With almost ten years of experience, Scott specialises in combining audience data, media outputs and organisational outcomes to measure the impact of corporate communications activities.

Simon Thresh, Senior Director, Digital & Content, Capgemini

Simon leads the in-house Digital and Content team at technology and consulting firm Capgemini, a diverse organisation with 340,000 people in over 50 countries. He is responsible for embedding digital thinking, tools and techniques into group communications and marketing strategy and execution. Simon has 14 years’ experience leading digital and content strategy for FTSE100 and FORTUNE500 multinationals’ having previously worked at insurer RSA Group, ABInBev, and global brewer SABMiller where he developed an award-winning, content-led approach to digital communications.

Denese Edgar, Director, Head of Marketing, Clifford Chance

Denese is an experienced Head Of Marketing with a demonstrated history of working across industries. Skilled in Marketing Strategy, Client Experience, Digital Strategy, Customer Acquisition, Advertising, and Integrated Marketing. A strong marketing professional graduated from Harvard Business School.

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