Natalie Deacon, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability & President, Avon Foundation for Women, Avon

Natalie is a communications and corporate affairs leader with more experience than she now likes to admit. She’s led corporate communications across 50+ countries, working with consumer and B2B organisations across multiple industries. Following her formative career years in PR, Natalie has subsequently worked across almost all elements of the communications and corporate affairs mix: across internal engagement, crisis, change management, corporate responsibility and sustainability. In her current role Natalie is a strong advocate of Avon’s mission to empower women and has been instrumental in developing Avon’s corporate affairs strategy.

Laurian Hubbard, Brexit Campaign Lead, Cabinet Office

Laurian is a CIPR Fellow and award-winning Chartered PR Practitioner. With over fifteen years’ experience in PR, communications and marketing she is currently seconded to the Cabinet Office as a Brexit Campaign Lead. Previous roles have included working in the public sector in Australia, Welsh Government and the Chambers of Commerce. Laurian is the Founder and Co-President of Women in PR Cymru, a CIPR Council member; and committee member of CIPR Cymru and GCS Wales and South West. She has also been Head Judge for CIPR Cymru Pride Awards for the last three years.

Jessica Frost, Senior Managing Director & Co-Head, Public Affairs, Strategy & Communications Advisory UK, Teneo

Jeremy Townsend, UK Communications Director, Groupe PSA

Jeremy Townsend is the communications director for Groupe PSA in the UK.  Here he leads the team responsible for corporate, product and internal communications and events for Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroën and DS Automobiles.

David Holdstock, Director of Communications, Local Government Association

David Holdstock is the Director of Communications at the Local Government Association (LGA). David has a wealth of experience of leading strategic communications and reputation management.  He has led a number of award-winning teams and worked in a variety of communications roles across the public sector. Working with the Foreign Office, he helped develop police and government communications in Bulgaria following the changes in Eastern Europe and worked on a number of high profile events such as Diana, Princess of Wales’ funeral, the Docklands bomb, the Greek Embassy siege and the Paddington rail disaster. . As Director of Communications at the LGA, David has overseen a range of successful campaigns and the development of a national communications support and improvement programme for councils and helped to develop the LGcommunications future leaders programme. David was a former national Chairman of LGcommunications.

Sneha Patel, Senior Adviser for External and International Affairs, Mayor of London’s Office

Sneha Patel is the Senior Adviser for External and International Affairs in the Mayor of London’s office. She is responsible for the delivery of integrated communications campaigns, events and international visits for the Mayor. This includes delivering the Mayor’s most high profile campaigns on knife crime, air quality, Brexit and gender equality. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Sneha worked extensively across central government and Parliament, including as the Head of Tax Communications at HM Treasury, at the Department for Business, and for the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee. She is a passionate champion of diversity and inclusion and has introduced the biggest public sector workplace development initiative of its kind in the UK - Our Time - and TfL’s annual diversity in advertising competition.

Nigel Milton, Director of Communications, Heathrow Airport

Nigel leads Heathrow’s external affairs, media and internal communications teams. His responsibilities include managing Heathrow’s relations with politicians, business groups and the media; representing Heathrow in the media and in public meetings; and liaison with stakeholders on a range of policy issues. Nigel represents Heathrow on a wide range of trade associations and lobbying groups. Nigel joined Heathrow from Virgin Atlantic in March 2010 where he had spent six years in the External Affairs department, latterly as General Manager for Government & External Affairs with responsibility for Virgin Atlantic's relationships with governments around the world. Nigel arrived at Virgin Atlantic in February 2004 from the Department for Transport (DfT) where he had been Assistant Director for International Aviation since October 2000. At the DfT, Nigel had been the lead negotiator in aviation talks with, firstly African and Middle Eastern countries and later, with countries in the Americas. Prior to this post, Nigel was Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport, John Prescott, between 1998 and 2000. Following his graduation with a law degree from Oxford University in 1993, Nigel travelled extensively before joining the Civil Service in 1995. Nigel also has a Masters degree in Transport Planning and Management from the University of Westminster.

Nina Jaksic, Vice President of EMEA Communications, BNY Mellon Investment Management

Nina Jaksic is vice president of EMEA Communications at BNY Mellon Investment Management, one of the world’s largest asset managers with US$1.9 trillion in assets under management. Nina leads the communications strategy for the company and its affiliated investment firms including Newton Investment Management, Insight Investment and Mellon Investments Corporation in the UK intermediary market, Netherlands and Nordics. Prior to this, she was corporate communications manager at Investcorp International where she covered communications across private equity, real estate investment, and hedge funds in Europe, the Gulf, and the US. She holds a BSc in International Communication and Media from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a MSc in Corporate Communications and Reputation Management from Manchester Business School. She is vice chairman of the PRCA’s Reputation group and a member of The Investment Association’s communications committee. Nina was listed in PRWeek’s 30 under 30 in 2019.

Nick Collier, Managing Director, City of London Corporation

Nick Collier joined the City of London Corporation as its new Managing Director of the Brussels office in March 2019.  He was previously Global Head of Government Relations at Refinitiv (Thomson Reuters) and before that worked at a range of organisations in the financial services sector, including Morgan Stanley and the Bank of England and, until recently, served as Chair of TheCityUK’s Public Affairs Group as well as Deputy Chair of the International Regulatory Strategy Group. Nick is chair of diplomatic engagement at the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange. He holds a MSC in Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics and a BA from Oxford.

Poli Stuart-Lacey, Director of Communications, HMRC


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