Stephanie Kane, VP Brand & Communications, Avast

Stephanie Kane is head of global communications at Avast, the consumer cybersecurity and privacy brand. She is responsible for managing the company’s reputation, building trust with its audiences, and showcasing Avast’s purpose, culture, and products. With a background in supporting corporate comms for business and consumer technology brands, she leads the delivery of lifestyle, technology and corporate responsibility campaigns with themes as diverse as the role of AI in security, IoT in the modern connected home, keeping children safe online, and protecting small businesses from security threats. Dedicated to keeping Avast at the forefront of all aspects of the security landscape, she is also passionate about personal privacy, diversity and inclusion, and social impact.

Nicola Green, Corporate Affairs Director, Telefonica UK Limited

Brendan O’Grady, Group Communications Director, The Guardian

Brendan O’Grady joined GMG in April 2017 and is responsible for media relations, internal communications and public policy for the group. Between 2010 and 2017, Brendan held a series of senior communications roles at the FTSE 100 education company Pearson. Earlier in his career, he held roles as deputy press secretary at the British embassy in Washington DC, senior press officer at Downing Street, and in other government departments.

Laurian Hubbard, Head of Engagement, Welsh Parliament; Founder & Co-President, Women in PR Cymru

Laurian is a CIPR Fellow and award-winning Chartered PR Practitioner. She is currently the Head of Engagement for Welsh Parliament and has previously held senior positions in 10 Downing Street and Cabinet Office. Laurian is also the Founder and Co-President of Women in PR Cymru, International Board member of Global Women in PR and a Chartered Assessor for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Philip Allport, Director of International Communications, Norwegian

Philip has held senior roles in corporate and crisis communications in the aviation and travel industry for over a decade. Philip started his PR career at British Airways before moving to a PR consultancy representing numerous travel clients including Qatar Airways, Finnair, Aer Lingus and Silversea Cruises. He has been with Norwegian since 2018.

Barnaby Fry, Head of Crisis and Risk, ENGINE MHP + Mischief

Barnaby is ENGINE MHP + Mischief’s Head of Crisis and has over 19 years’ experience of corporate and financial PR advising clients from sectors including financial services, retail and business services. Throughout his career he has focused on crisis communications preparedness and response, advising on a range of high profile brand threats.

The ENGINE MHP + Mischief Crisis team has helped clients from all sectors dealing with issues from terrorist attacks, and cyber hacks to FCA investigations and employment disputes. In addition to responding to crisis situations, Barnaby has developed a programme which anticipates potential vulnerabilities and ensures clients are prepared to respond and re-build if and when problems arise.

Natalie McEvoy, Counsel, Slateford

Natalie is an experienced media litigator and Solicitor Advocate, with extensive experience across the spectrum of reputation protection. Natalie has obtained positive outcomes in relation both to pre- and post-publication litigation and proactive reputational risk mitigation. She has also acted as trusted advisor in relation to regulatory investigations, proactive reputational audit and at times of change for a company or individual. In the last few months, Natalie has written in The Times on the challenging legal landscape for social media and presented seminars on how to deal with troubling social media content.

Doug Male, Head of PR, Guinness Book of Records

Doug is PR Director at Guinness World Records where he is responsible for corporate, consumer and crisis communications globally. He joined GWR in October 2014 and has worked in a number of PR roles before being made PR Director in December 2019. Before joining Guinness World Records, Doug worked in the entertainment sector managing accounts for brands including BBC Worldwide.

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