Speakers


Alice Stevens, Management Communications, Givaudan

Alice Stevens is an experienced communications professional, having worked with a variety of sectors including law, agency, government and in-house. She currently works within the communications team at global brand, Givaudan, where she is the corporate communications manager, and oversees the internal engagement programmes, including working with Lansons on the Givaudan 250 leadership conference, which covered immersive experiences, innovation and business opportunities, app development, VR, networking and global collaboration. Alice is also responsive for managing the external communication of Givaudan, working closely with external and internal stakeholders.

Amanda Atkinson, Senior Manager Employee Communication & Engagement, Salesforce

Amanda leads Employee Communication and Engagement Programs for Salesforce in EMEA. Named Europe’s #1 Best Workplace 2018 by the Great Place to Work Institute, Salesforce is known for creating incredible experiences for employees, and Amanda’s team is at the heart of the strategy behind that success. Before joining Salesforce in 2016, Amanda developed successful employee communication strategies for RBS, BNP Paribas, and the American Red Cross.

Chloe Foy, Strategist, Synergy Creative

Chloe specialises in behavioural science and employee happiness. Spending time at the London School of Economics gave her insight into how we measure wellbeing. She’s passionate about helping companies deliver better ways of working to create more engaged, productive, open and honest places to work.

Dan Corfield, Senior Director, Corporate & Digital Comms, Hilton

Starting at Hilton in 2009, as Corporate Communications Manager, Europe – Dan is now Hilton’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications for EMEA. With a background in hospitality – having worked in hotels in London, Oxford and the US – and having studied Hospitality & Communications at Oxford Brookes University, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise on hotel and travel industry communications. Hilton’s EMEA portfolio consists of 59 countries and almost 500 hotels – with 50,000 Team Members based at hotel and regional office locations. As Hilton approaches its 100th anniversary in 2019, Hilton Team Members will be at the forefront of celebrating the company’s purpose driven culture, values and significant effect on the world.

David Bowles, Director of Communications, RSPCA

As the Assistant Director of Public Affairs, David coordinates the RSPCA’s political and campaign work in England and Europe. The organisation works in Westminster, the National Assembly Wales and Europe to ensure that animal welfare standards are improved and is now working on changing consumer behaviour patterns on pets and farm animals. The RSPCA employs 1550 staff, many of whom are home based, has 10,000 volunteers and 150 branches based in different locations over England and Wales. This all presents challenges in internal communications. It also wears four different hats (investigations and prosecutions of animal welfare complaints, fundraising and campaigning) which generate challenges on responding to and promoting communications internally.

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, MIND

Emma is Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind. Emma joined Mind in 2007 and, since 2010, has led Mind’s campaigning for mentally healthy workplaces - playing a pivotal role in thought leadership to position mental health in the workplace as a key priority for employers and Government. Emma has led culture change through engagement with employers, health and safety professionals, HR audiences and Government on mental health in the workplace and back-to-work support for people with mental health problems. She also supports networks of employers and stakeholders to share best practice and develop business-to-business peer support. Emma has worked in the disability sector since 2005 and previously worked for Mencap, the learning disability charity.

Fran Chambers, Head of Global Communications, BUPA

A skilled and award-winning communicator, Fran has steered internal communications at Bupa in various roles since 2010, most recently as Director of Global Internal Communications. She’s led group-wide communications for Bupa’s 78,000 people, shaping strategy, delivering engagement and communications campaigns, and facilitating culture change in a highly complex multinational environment. Fran is now the newly appointed Customer and Corporate Affairs Director of International Markets at Bupa, a role that draws on her internal communications pedigree, her earlier career in PR and her experience integrating new acquisitions into Bupa.

Jackie LeFevre, Director, Magma Effect

Jackie Le Fèvre FCMI is the founder of Magma Effect and Chair of the Minessence International Cooperative. Following a career in the voluntary and community sector working at local, regional and national level Jackie has specialised in consciously values-based practice since 2004. Jackie is National Advisor on Values to Wellbeing Teams, a member of the Subject Matter Experts Group of the Chartered Institute of Management with a remit for values and culture, and a founder member of the Global Values Alliance. One of the glorious things about working with values, according to Jackie is that “we all have values so they can unite us, yet each person has their own special pattern of priority values which shine a light on the unique contribution we are each in a position to make”.

Jennifer Thomas, Head of Internal Communications, Direct Line Group

Jennifer Thomas has risen quickly to the top as a corporate communicator, having been talent-spotted for rapid promotion at every company she has worked for. Currently, Jennifer is transforming the profile and reputation of Direct Line Group (DLG), now as Head of Internal Communications, Experience & Sustainability and previously as its Head of Financial Communications. Jennifer is part of the Group’s Strategic Leadership Team, responsible for developing the Group’s internal comms strategy, including employee engagement, the incorporation of the employee value proposition and corporate brand as well developing and executing a new corporate social responsibility strategy. Jennifer was involved in the IPO of RBS orchestrated by DLG and the biggest stock market listing of 2012. Jennifer had a former career as a UK Championships 400m runner and hurdler for England.

Jessica Latimer, Head of Internal Communications, Sky

Jessica is Head of Internal Comms at Sky, Europe's leading entertainment company, serving 23 million customers across seven countries. Sky strives to deliver great communications, both internally and externally, and believes that it’s actively engaged employees is a big contributor to its ongoing success. Jessica is a strategic communications consultant specialising in Exec Comms, Employees Comms, PR and CSR for technology organisations. Before joining Sky as Head of Internal Comms, Jessica was VP of Comms for EMEA at SAP and prior to this, spent 15 years in agencies specialising in tech comms.

Jo Bleasdale, Director of Internal Communications, BT Consumer

An experienced and trusted communications leader with a track record in building and inspiring great teams, delivering results-focused, high impact strategies from airline launches to M&A change. A rare combination of over 20 years external and internal communications experience for big Consumer brands, working for both top London PR consultancies and FTSE 100 in-house roles. A passionate communicator who believes that great communication teams and strategies lie at the heart of the highest performing businesses

Katherine Bradshaw, Head of Communications, Institute of Business Ethics

As well as heading up the IBE’s PR and communications, Katherine is the author of five IBE Good Practice Guides, including Communicating Ethical Values Internally.She has a particular interest in how stories create an ethical culture and writes scenarios for ethics training, developing the IBE's e-learning tool Understanding Business Ethics, to sensitise employees to recognise and deal with ethical dilemmas. She is an advocate for responsible business communications, having written and presented on the subject for professional bodies like CIPR, IABC and PRCA as well as the IBE.

Louise Creighton, Communications & Engagement Manager, Anchor

Louise has 15 years’ experience of working in marketing communications, and just over half of that time has been spent in internal and change communications. In her current role at Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of older people’s housing and care, she leads internal communications and engagement for housing and support service teams, spread over 1,000 locations. Louise has also worked for easyJet and various NHS organisations.

Lucy Scrannage, Head of Internal Communications, Rolls Royce

Lucy has over 20 years’ experience in employee engagement, change & internal communication, working with great global brands such as Nokia, British American Tobacco, Hertz & Experian. Lucy joined Rolls-Royce, Civil Aerospace, in 2017 to head up their Internal Communications team, with a focus on engaging 25,000 colleagues with a new Vision & Strategy and enabling a cultural and organisational transformation that will help Rolls-Royce become the world’s leading industrial technology company.

Madeleine Porter, Group Head of Internal Communications, Ladbrokes Coral

Madeleine is Head of Internal Communications for international betting and gaming group Ladbrokes Coral. She joined Ladbrokes from law firm Pinsent Masons in 2014 and went on to lead the internal communications programme for their merger with Gala Coral, before building the merged company’s IC function. Ladbrokes Coral has recently been acquired by GVC Holdings plc, taking the combined group into the FTSE 100.

Mark Covell, Head of Corporate Communications, Bournemouth University

Mark Covell is Head of Corporate Communications, at Bournemouth University in Dorset, and responsible for a team delivering both internal and external communications. Previously Mark worked for the London 2012 Olympics and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and in comms roles for the BBC and ITV.Mark began his career in the Press Office at Leeds City Council.

Matt Slater, Head of UK Internal Communications, AIG Europe

Matt has over 20 years of experience in Marketing and Communications in the Financial Services sector, with more than half being in an internal communication position. Having established an internal communications function from scratch in two distinct organisations, Matt has gone on to leading strategic planning, change management, intranet design and build, and introducing social media.

Nadine Powrie, Executive & Leadership Coach, Nadine Powrie Consultancy

Nadine Powrie is an Executive and Leadership Coach. She helps leaders drive change, overcome stretched challenges and create growth mindset. Her current clients include Cabinet Office, AXA France and UK, the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Health and Social Care, Tribal, UAE Ministry of Education. She has over 20 years+ experience in the C-suite managing a £15-million budget in the public sector. She has coached over 25,000 students and 5,000 educators globally. Her most recent workshops were in Australia, UAE and France. She runs regular online webinars, posts daily on social media.

Rachel Mason, Internal Communications manager, Wellcome Trust

Rachel is an experienced Internal Communications Manager at the Wellcome Trust. Having worked in both the private and public sector, Rachel has led many internal campaigns from rolling out new strategies to embedding new corporate principles. Another of Rachel’s major projects is to communicate Wellcome’s Gender Pay Gap and action plan to staff.

Rhian Moore, Head of Internal Communications, Great Western Railway

After leading multi-functional communication teams in local councils in Wales and Dyfed Powys Police, Rhian moved to specialise in internal communications with the steel industry in 2015 before joining GWR as Head of Internal Communications. In the last year Rhian has restructured and rewritten the GWR approach to internal comms and is helping colleagues revalue rail in the hearts and minds of the travelling public during the biggest investment in the railway since Brunel.

Richard Walden, Head of Internal Communications, Heathrow

Richard is an Internal and Change Communication professional with 17 years experience across industry sectors including media, financial services, public sector transport and engineering. He started his internal communications career in aviation at Goodrich Aerospace, before moving into financial services with HBOS and Barclays. A large part of his career was supporting significant change at Post Office before time at AXA, EY and Virgin Media. He has now come full circle back to aviation as Head of Internal Communications at Heathrow.

Rosa Riera, VP Employer Branding & Social Innovation, Siemens

Rosa Riera is currently overseeing the transformation of the Siemens employer brand. She believes that creating the right conditions for talent to thrive will become an ever more pressing concern for ambitious businesses. Rosa has worked in Siemens’ industry and healthcare segments at various locations in Germany and the United States.

Stephen Boyle, Head of Internal Communications, Bayer

Stephen has worked in a number of industries to deliver strategic programmes that transform not just the way that companies communicate, but how they do business. Applying creativity and an innovative approach, he has connected people with strategy globally, across multiple divisions and with large difficult-to-reach communities. Stephen is currently driving programmes within Bayer’s UK & Ireland business to deliver culture change and employee engagement across five divisions and a large field-based community. Bayer UK & Ireland is now one of Bayer’s fastest-growing markets globally, one of the fastest growing companies in its markets, and its ways of working often set best practice standards for Bayer worldwide.

Suzanne Ellis, Director, Lansons

Suzanne brings two decades of communications experience, representing Global brands such as eBay, Starwood Hotel Group, Bentley, Faberge, Givaudan and Thomson Reuters. In more recent years, she has specialised in helping clients shape employee engagement strategies and programmes that support specific business goals or challenges. These can range from culture transformation and organisational change programmes to business vision/values engagement. During her work with Givaudan and Starwood Hotel Group, Suzanne built expertise in leadership counsel and coaching helping individual leaders strengthen their reputation and engagement with key stakeholders. With a strong background in corporate reputation management and PR, she is able to advise how to engage multiple stakeholders and connect external and internal communications.During her PR and reputation management experience, Suzanne won campaign awards including 2010 Sabre Award for “Best Global Media Relations campaign: Fabergé a Jewelry Renaissance”; 2011 Luxury Briefing Award for “Best Breakthrough Brand: VistaJet”; and 2011 Luxury Briefing Award for “Best Luxury Lifestyle Service: Sarment.”

Syd Lawrence, CEO & Co-founder, The Bot Platform

Syd is one of the co-founders of The Bot Platform and has over 14 years experience working with cutting edge technology. He’s worked with global icons including The Rolling Stones, Coca Cola, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony Music, Universal, Warner Music, and Greenpeace and has won a range of awards. Syd has also found time to have some of his personal projects featured in the Tate Modern and the Barbican Museum. It’s for these reasons and many more that in 2014 Syd was inducted into the Hospital Club 100 as one of the most influential technology experts in the world.


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