Speakers


Please note there are a host of new speakers to be confirmed over the coming months.

Adam Davidson, Senior Director, FTI

Adam is a Senior Director for FTI’s Strategic Communications segment. Adam works across financial, corporate and crisis communications briefs, helping a range of private and public companies navigate complex periods of change. He's advised clients on preparing for and responding to numerous crisis situations, including product recalls, accidents, cyber incidents, personnel issues and more. He often helps clients to establish effective crisis comms practices and protocols to ensure they are ready for any eventuality. Adam is also one of the authors of FTI Consulting’s Anatomy of a Crisis research series. The first issue published in 2017 analysed 100 crises over the last 20 years to make predictions about future events. The second edition, looking at market reactions to bad company news, was published in January 2019.

Damian Collins MP, Former Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee

Damian Collins has served as the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010. Damian’s career before politics was in the advertising and communications industries, working at M&C Saatchi and Lexington Communications. During the Coalition government Damian served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the then Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond. From 2012 to 2014 he was PPS to the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers. From October 2016 to November 2019 he was Chairman of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. In this role he led the committee’s inquiries into doping in sport, online disinformation, football governance, homophobia in sport, and the social impact of culture and sport in education. Damian is Chairman of the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network. His first book, ‘Charmed Life: The Phenomenal World of Philip Sassoon’, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

James Melville-Ross, Senior Managing Director - Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting

James Melville-Ross has extensive strategic communications experience, gained throughout a 25 year career that has included work in Europe, the US and the Far East.  He leads FTIs’ crisis comms team in the UK. James has built a strong track record in providing senior counsel to companies in areas such as reputation management, financial communications, employee relations, issues management, media relations and capital markets transactions.  Acting as a senior counsellor to some of the world’s best known technology, media and telecoms companies, he has extensive experience in connection with many high profile situations. As head of FTI’s UK crisis team, he has guided large and small companies through moments of significant reputational threat - cyber breaches, investor activism, pandemics, media investigations and product recalls. He co-authors studies on crisis communications, including the ‘Anatomy of a crisis’ series. James co-leads FTI’s diversity efforts in EMEA and is an ambassador for UK disability charity Scope.

Joe Rankin, Head of Communications, London City Airport

Joe is Head of Communications at London City Airport and is responsible for internal and external comms including social media. Joe cut his teeth working on fracking when it was literally and figuratively causing earthquakes. He subsequently worked with brands like Heineken, Harrods, Nestlé and Shell, helping them to handle Greenpeace protests, navigate social media storms and plan for data breaches. A self-confessed aviation geek, Joe jumped at the opportunity to join London City Airport. His remit includes raising the airport’s profile and demonstrating how it serves the whole of the capital, while protecting its reputation and popularity among passengers and airlines. With a busy airport operating alongside a major £500m redevelopment, there is always something for Joe to deal with. Despite that, and wider challenges faced by the airport and the sector, he does manage to find time to watch the planes.

Jo Scott, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Lloyd’s

As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Jo is responsible for promoting and protecting Lloyd’s brand and reputation globally. She joined Lloyd’s from the London Stock Exchange in 2004, working in a number of senior communications roles before being promoted to Chief Marketing and Communications Officer in January 2020. Jo is married and has three children.

Julian Hunt, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications and Sustainability GB, Coca-Cola European Partners

Julian Hunt joined Coca-Cola European Partners in 2011 as Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability for GB. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of CCEP’s internal and external communications, as well as its sustainability and Government affairs programmes. Prior to joining CCEP, Julian was Director of Communications at the Food and Drink Federation where he helped to steer the industry through many challenging debates, not least on public health. Before that, Julian was Editor of The Grocer magazine. In June 2013 he joined the Board of OPRL Ltd, the organisation which runs the packaging recycling information scheme in Great Britain. He is proud also to have supported the work of other organisations including the School Food Trust, FareShare and GroceryAid. He currently sits on the corporate affairs group of the British Soft Drinks Association, the Industrial Strategy Group of the Food and Drink Federation and the management committee of the Food and Drink Sector Council.

Will Moy, Chief Executive, Full Fact

Will Moy is Chief Executive of Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity. He has led Full Fact since work began in 2008. Will has served on advisory groups for the ESRC, Ofcom, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Treasury, and regularly gives evidence to select committees and other inquiries. He has advised the ONS on a communications review and he was a Marketing Academy Scholar in 2018. He volunteers as a trainer on the NCVO’s Certificate in Campaigning for charities. Before Full Fact, Will worked in the House of Lords for a non-party affiliated peer and for the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety.

Mark Borkowski, founder and head, Borkowski PR

Mark is an acclaimed and pioneering PR specialist, writer, media industry commentator and one of the leading figures in the British communications industry for more than 30 years. PR Week included him in their list of the 25 most influential figures in the industry and he was named one of the top three Crisis and Reputation advisors of 2020. Mark is a sought-after and highly visible commentator on media and crisis matters. As a leading industry thinker, has contributed to numerous TV series and is a regular contributor to every major global news outlet, especially BBC Newsnight, SKY news, BBC News, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Washington Post. His commentary on the 2019 Prince Andrew-Jeffrey Epstein scandal featured in over 980 global press outlets and entailed 200 TV and radio appearances. He continues to expertly guide businesses and individuals through turbulent times, including the current COVID crisis. At his TEDx Warsaw presentation in 2013, Mark was one of the first media figures to discuss the potentially nefarious effects of Google information curation and data mining and his agency continues to work with clients spearheading developments in tech and cybersecurity. He has authored two books, Improperganda: The Art of the Publicity Stunt and The Fame Formula, a history of Hollywood's great publicists.

Anil Ranchod, Deputy director PR and communications, Stroke Association

Anil is an Award-winning Deputy Director PR & Communications at the Stroke Association. Anil features in PRWeek’s Power Book 2018, 2019 and 2020 and has a fountain of knowledge of the charity and voluntary sectors having previously worked at Mencap, RNIB, The Children’s Society, Help the Aged and NSPCC in a number of communications roles. He is passionate about diversity, measurement and evaluation, corporate social responsibility, crisis communications, fundraising, strategic planning and corporate communications.

Stephanie Kane, Vice President PR & Corporate Communications, Avast

Stephanie Kane is head of global communications at global consumer cybersecurity and privacy brand, Avast. With a background in supporting corporate comms for both business and consumer technology brands, she leads industry, academic and lifestyle campaigns that showcase Avast’s purpose, products and culture, and is responsible for the company’s crisis communications process. These include topics as diverse as the role of AI in security to IoT in the 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 issues such as privacy, policy and regulation, and STEM and diversity.   

Thomas Fife-Schaw, Director, Ipsos Corporate Reputation

Tom is a Research Director at Ipsos Corporate Reputation. He has specialised in international B2B, corporate communications, brand and reputation research for over a decade. Tom has worked with a diverse range of leading global companies such as RB (Reckitt Benckiser), GSK, Microsoft, BP and EY in addition to government departments, senior policy makers and NGOs. He regularly delivers insight to a range of client audiences from C-suite executives to communications and PR managers.

Conroy Boxhill, Managing Director, Atlanta, Porter Novelli

Conroy Boxhill is a senior communications executive with more than 20 years of experience helping brands build and protect their reputation. In his current role as Managing Director of Porter Novelli’s Atlanta, Conroy leads a high-performing team of individuals who work with major brands to anticipate, plan and capitalize on sudden or planned shifts in their business operations. Conroy has extensive expertise working with the C-suite and Boards of Directors to formulate strategic reputation and communications programs to transform their business. His crisis and issues management work for clients such as the Atlanta Hawks, Delta, Papa John’s and Newell Rubbermaid have received several industry awards for excellence. In 2015, Conroy was named one of PR Week’s 40 under 40 brand champions for outstanding professional achievement in the industry. Prior to joining Porter Novelli, Conroy worked for EdelmanPublic Relations (New York, London, Atlanta. He earned a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and masters in communications management from Syracuse University.

Dr. Rima Merhi, Consultant. Media & Communications Lecturer. Freelance Journalist.

Rima has over ten years’ of experience in the field of strategic communications, ranging from advocacy and human rights; to corporate communications, public relations, marketing and advertising in the corporate sphere; as well as senior positions in the UN and government working on political and humanitarian campaigns in times of crisis in the Middle East. Rima was the first Lebanese to win Tueini human rights research fellowship at Harvard, in the name of a martyr journalist assassinated for defending freedom of the press. As faculty, Rima teaches media and communications in a leading university in Lebanon, lectures on crisis communications and PR, and is currently writing a book crisis communications. Rima has publications in leading English and Arabic newspapers and media outlets. She has been a guest speaker on international media numerous times, including CNN and BBC in times of crisis in the Middle East. Rima holds a PhD in global media and communications from the University of London, focusing on news framing in times of crisis, and an MBA and MA from Harvard and Lebanese American University.

Sean Smith, Executive Vice President, Global Reputation Management Lead, Porter Novelli

With almost 20 years of communications experience, Sean leads the Global Corporate Reputation and Crisis Communications practice at Porter Novelli where he offers clients strategic guidance on a range of corporate reputation issues.? Since joining Porter Novelli in 2011, he has been on four continents helping implement corporate reputation campaigns and managing issues for clients including Almond Board of California, McDonald’s, Bel Brands Cheese, Chapstick, Hewlett-Packard, SanDisk, NetApp, Bechtel, Dun & Bradstreet and other Fortune 500 companies.? From January 2009 to April 2011, Sean was the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that role he was responsible for managing all aspects of the Department’s brand and reputation. While at DHS, Sean helped lead the Obama administration’s public response to attempted terrorist attacks, the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, the H1N1 outbreak, border violence in Mexico, cyber attacks and dozens of other breaking news incidents.

Kate Hartley, author of ‘Communicate in a Crisis’ and co-founder, Polpeo

Kate Hartley is the co-founder of Polpeo (), a crisis simulation company that helps some of the biggest brands in the world prepare to deal with a crisis as it breaks and spreads over social and digital media. She is the author of ‘’ (Kogan Page, 2019), a book that explores the changing way people behave in crisis situations, and how organisations respond. Kate has 25 years’ agency-side experience in crisis and reputation management and corporate PR, and is a trainer in crisis communications for the PRCA, the UK’s PR industry association. She has spoken at and run workshops on the impact of social media on crisis management at international events including SXSW, The Global PR Summit, PR Week’s Crisis Comms, and Social Media Today’s Social Shake Up. She is a member of the CIPR and the PRCA, and sits on the PRCA’s digital steering committee which is designed to shape digital best practice in the PR industry.

Doug Male, PR Director, Guinness World 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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