Speakers


Rick Guttridge , Founder and Managing Director, Smoking Gun

With over 20 years of agency experience under his belt, Rick has worked on some of the biggest brand names in the world achieving front page client coverage on titles as diverse as the Guardian and Daily Star, major features on BBC peak shows and had clients trending on social channels.
Obsessed with proving the impact strategic PR can have on an organisation, his agency’s name embodies the search to find the irrefutable proof of success and he banned AVE in his team’s reporting some years ahead of the CIPR and PRCA’s stances.
He’s also passionate about business having a positive impact on society and on top of reduced rates for not for profits, a minimum of 1% of profit is given to charity every year.
Having started out working in a full service agency, he takes a holistic view of PR and its place in the marketing mix.

Adeife Onwuzulike, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, CBI

Scott Colvin , Political advisor to senior business leaders

Scott Colvin has advised some of the world’s biggest companies on political strategy. His experience includes leading Finsbury Glover Hering’s UK political team, having been with the firm for more than 12 years; being head of group public affairs at BAA Airports; being a campaigns specialist at Conservative HQ under three consecutive party leaders.

Before joining BAA, Scott was a senior consultant at a global communications firm and served as a councillor on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. He is an award-winning author of books on political strategy, including How to Survive a Select Committee and How to Use Politicians to Get What You Want, and has been a commentator on politics across print, broadcast and radio.

Lesley Woods , Chief Communications Officer (Campaigns), Directorate of Defence Communications, MOD

Lesley Woods is a dynamic communications practitioner with 15+ years’ experience of delivering compelling campaigns that present a unified brand image and promote a positive social impact. She currently leads External Campaigns in the Directorate of Defence Communications, a team that aims to ‘give a voice to the men and women who serve so that their stories can be heard’. In her mission to help the UK Armed Forces reach new audiences she has led collaborations with films, TV series and documentaries, from influencer events with Disney to a PR partnership with the producers of James Bond. At the start of the pandemic she deployed to Army Headquarters as media advisor to the General commanding the 20,000 military personnel of the ‘Covid Support Force’; there she forged a hybrid media team and designed new ways of delivering communications to help reassure the UK general public. As a media operations officer in the Royal Air Force Reserves, Lesley has created and curated stories from around the world, from celebrating Christmas in Kandahar to delivering aid to the Central African Republic. She lost half an eyebrow evacuating ITN anchor Julie Etchingham from a burning US Marine Corps toilet tent and almost set fire to Chris Evans’ hair with a Spitfire engine whilst media minding a live Radio 2 broadcast!

Caitlin Clark , Global PR Manager, Tony’s Chocolonely

As a B Corp aficionado (Tony's comes in at #3 on her CV) Caitlin is a firm believer that companies have the power to catalyse change. Her superpower? Making our mission known far and wide – and getting more chocolate fans on board with our movement in the process. Global PR Manager's the name. Impact-driving campaigns and comms is the game. But creating impact goes beyond Caitlin's 9-5. She also takes to the radio waves to host a monthly show about nature & activism. And, as a B Leader, holds the certification to guide other purpose-led businesses through B Corp certification.

David Shriver, Director of Communications, Ocado Group

David Shriver is Director of Communications at Ocado Group, a FTSE 100 technology and retail company, and has served as a member of the Supervisory Board of SDAX-listed online retailer zooplus AG. He was formerly Managing Partner of Tulchan Communications LLP, a leading international financial PR firm. Before that, he served as Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive and Director of Group Financial Communication at Carrefour. David also spent sixteen years as a top-rated food retail analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston and NatWest Securities. At Credit Suisse, as a managing director in the equities division, he was joint head of the global retail research group.

Peter Allen, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications at National Highways

Peter is the Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications at National Highway’s, leading the engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, media and government. He has pioneered new forms of communications to influence driver behaviour, winning awards for some innovative campaigns and has introduced new social and digital channels to reach diverse communities.

With the largest investment in a generation going into road infrastructure Peter is passionate about explaining the social impact of the work and the benefits it brings to people’s lives. Prior to this he spent many years in Central Banking. He worked with the European Central Bank in Germany during a period of high volatility, and advised on communications to reach new audiences.

Whilst at the Bank of England Peter was involved in some of the biggest challenges following the financial crisis including articulating the Bank’s purpose. His communication methods and styles have been shared and taken on by other government organisations including other Central Banks, the European Parliament and EU Commission.

Gráinne O’Brien, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Kelloggs Europe

Gráinne O’Brien is Senior Director, Corporate Affairs at Kellogg, Europe. Gráinne joined Kellogg in 2015, as Head of External Communications and became Senior Director, Corporate Affairs in 2019. Since joining Kellogg, Gráinne has instilled best practices across the European Corporate Affairs function, ensuring that corporate and brand stories deliver a positive impact for the company. Her priorities including linking corporate storytelling to commercial objectives and enhancing Kellogg’s reputation and relationships with European customers and consumers.


Prior to joining Kellogg, Gráinne, worked with Murray, one of Ireland’s leading communications agencies. During her 17-year tenure at Murray she held multiple senior roles within the organisation, including Director and Board Member. Prior to that, she held a press officer role for the Irish Young Farmers Association and was a radio reporter and producer. She holds a degree in Media and Communications from the University of Ulster and a post graduate qualification in PR & Journalism from University College Galway. She also holds a Certificate in Business Sustainability Management, from Cambridge University.


Gráinne is an avid sports fan and loves running. She lives in Dublin with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Dominic Redfearn, Global Brand and Communications Director, Diageo

Rupert Coghlan, Principal Solutions Consultant - EMEA, Firstup

Experienced digital workplace specialist Rupert Coghlan joined Firstup in early 2021. With a strong heritage in communications and collaboration, Rupert has worked for vendors in the workforce communications space and on the client side for international organisations such Siemens, SABMiller (now ABInBev) and WSP. His experience across multiple digital channels, countries and industries means that he has a true appreciation of the digital employee experience (DEX) challenges so many businesses face today.

Claire Calder, Head of Public Affairs, Dogs Trust

Claire Calder is Head of Public Affairs at Dogs Trust and is responsible for the charity’s engagement with politicians and Governments across Westminster, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the EU. She leads a brilliant Public Affairs team, who have won various awards for delivering high impact public affairs campaigns, even during the pandemic.

Claire previously worked as European Policy Advisor for Dogs Trust in Brussels, where she coordinated EU lobbying activities and established the EU Dog & Cat Alliance. Prior to this, Claire worked as Policy Officer for Companion Animals at Eurogroup for Animals in Brussels and led lobbying activities on the review of the EU pet travel legislation in 2012. Prior to this, Claire was a Senior Scientific Officer at the RSPCA.

Rebecca Hirst, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, EY

Rebecca is Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for EY UK. She leads a team of brilliant brand, marketing and communications experts aligned behind EY's purpose of Building a Better Working World. Prior to joining EY, Rebecca led marketing at Samsung and Coca-Cola. She’s also a TEDx speaker and a board advisor to distillery, who won Campaign's independent agency of the year 2020. Rebecca has a passion for nutrition and built a successful side-hustle as #TheHealthCoachToHighFlyers, working with senior leaders on health and wellbeing.

Daniel Rossall Valentine, Senior Advisor, College Green Group

Daniel Valentine is a Senior Advisor for College Green Group, a London based public relations consultancy. He has worked with some of the world's leading companies in financial communications, public relations and public affairs. Author of two books, Daniel is a regular writer of articles on politics and business. Daniel has been fundraising for children's charities for a decade and is currently a fundraising ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital.


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