Adeeba Hussain, Founder, Think Impact First Communications
Adeeba is a Lancashire based communications practitioner. She’s passionate about helping organisations create a meaningful employee experience and believes through the ‘golden thread’ she can help connect impact to organisational strategy, values and purpose. This summer after over 20 years in PR and communications roles from local government, defence & engineering, Britain’s biggest airport, not-for-profit sector, and transport, Adeeba launched her communications consultancy Think Impact First. Adeeba is a member of Institute of Internal Communication, Chartered Institute of Public Relations and AMEC (International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication).
Keith Coles, Head of Internal Communications, Brunel University
Keith Coles is a former journalist turned communications professional with experience of managing internal and external communications teams in the public and private sector. Responsible for all communications and engagement activity at Brunel University London, he oversees everything from helping academics to build their research profiles to developing and maintaining a culture of collaboration across a diverse range of teams and departments.
Sophie Timms, Corporate Affairs Director, Kier Group
Sophie was appointed as Kier’s Corporate Affairs Director in May 2021 with responsibility for the Group’s government relations, communications and marketing. Sophie joined Kier in October 2020 as Group Public Affairs Director to lead engagement across central and local government and industry bodies and interpret the impact of key policy and political developments on Kier’s operations.
Sophie has over 20 years’ public and corporate affairs and communications experience. In 2019, Sophie was awarded Freedom of the City of London for services to Diversity, was named in 2022’s PR Week UK Power Book and is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
Nicola Lally, Communications Partner, BDO UK LLP
Nicola is the Partner in charge of Communications and Corporate Affairs at accountancy firm, BDO
Jo Sparks, Head of Internal Communications, ATS Euromaster & Tructyre
Jo Sparks is currently Head of Internal Communication for ATS Euromaster and sister company Tructyre, both of which are subsidiaries of the Michelin Group. Jo has been specialising in internal communication and employee engagement for over 20 years. During this time she has held senior communications positions in a variety of sectors including Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail and Not for Profit.
Vicki Davies, Director of Internal Communications, National Highways
Vicki Davies FCIPR is Director of Internal Communication at National Highways. From a career that began as a journalist, with by-lines in national and international newspapers and magazines, Vicki moved into public relations – both in-house and for consultancies. Vicki has been working in Internal Communication for more than 20 years and has helped numerous organisations build brands from the inside out.
Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua, Business Storytelling Coach and host of 'thank God its monday'
Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua is a BBC-featured business storytelling coach partnering with international organizations like Netflix to attract, engage and retain internal and external audiences through stories. In the past years, her work has reached more than 10,000 people through content, workshops, and conferences from Los Angeles to Istanbul. Beatrice is the host of the podcast series thank god it's monday.
James Kenny, Head of Internal and Change Communications, LKQ Europe
Armand David, Corporate Affairs Director, BT Group
Armand is the corporate affairs director for BT’s Digital business, helping amplify the efforts of 4,000 colleagues tasked with transforming BT, internally and externally. He joined BT in 2022, following 18 years at leading London agency Brands2Life, where he helped lead their technology teams. His past experience spans internal comms, external comms, public policy engagement, brand, sales and marketing programmes for a wide range of brands, in enterprise and consumer tech, aviation, industry, energy, health and more.
He’s an immigrant to the UK, loves his family, burgers, sci-fi, progressive thinking & terrible puns, a heady mix of interests which has supported him in surprising ways as he works to drive change and innovation in comms.
Vicky Crouch, Head of Internal Communications, BT Group
Vicky is the Head of Internal Comms for Digital at BT Group, helping colleagues create a community of advocates that believe in and want to be part of the change the Digital team is driving for BT. Before this she led Colleague Experience comms across BT Group, and has led culture building comms for BT Group’s Consumer team. She moved into Internal Comms off the back of a wide range of roles in marketing and brand strategy at Orange and EE. So in one way or another, she’s always finding ways to bring stories to life for customers and colleagues.
Isabel Collins, Founder, One Belonging
Isabel Collins is a leading culture consultant with 30 years’ experience. Isabel helps organisations nurture a shared sense of belonging. So that their people, purpose, company, and the wider world, all flourish.
She has led major programmes in codifying culture and belonging, defining purpose and values, and bringing integrity from internal strength, with companies like Network Rail, EY, the Royal Society of Chemistry, The Royal College of Physicians, Balfour Beatty, BP and Rolls Royce.
Isabel developed original model and process - ‘The Belonging Framework’©. Isabel runs specialist consultancy Belonging Space, and podcast interviews with business leaders at OnBelonging.
Marghaid Howie, Global Head of Social Media and Continuity Communications, Thoughtworks
Marghaid is Global head of social media and continuity communications at Thoughtworks, a technology consultancy with over 10,000 people across 18 countries. When Marghaid joined Thoughtworks as Senior Internal Communications Manager in 2018, there was no internal communications function or strategy. In the last three years she introduced new processes and channels, while staying true to Thoughtworks' culture and commitment to D&I.
She now heads up Thoughtworks' social media strategy and continuity communications, which involves making sure employees are kept safe, informed and engaged during crises.
Marghaid began her career as a translator (with a degree in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian) and remains passionate about embracing local languages and cultures in our communications.
Kimberley-Marie Sklinar, Communications Manager, AutoProtect Group
Kimberley-Marie Sklinar is a passionate internal communicator curious about culture and what makes people enjoy work, and is currently Communications Manager at AutoProtect Group. Her first ‘proper’ job was as a translator but she’s since chalked up years of comms experience in pharmaceuticals, finance, entertainment, and non-profit sectors. She found her way into internal communications after running her own online music magazine as a side hustle.
Kim is a member of the Institute of Internal Communication’s FutureNet Committee, and the founder of #CommsSolo, the Guild network for one-person comms teams. She is currently studying the CIPR Specialist Diploma in Internal Communication and learning her ancestral language, Ukrainian.
Keith Riley, Communications Manager, DWF Law LLP
Keith Riley is the Communications and Creative Media Manager at DWF. With over a decade experience in internal communications, Keith's passions lie in connecting people to purpose through mixed media communications. When he is not playing with cameras and intranets, you can find him at home gardening with his husband Neil and their very old German Shepheard Remo.
Sharon Woma, Inclusion Coordinator, Integrated Care Board (ICB)
Sharon Woma is a equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) practitioner who works for the NHS at Bristol North Somerset & South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB). Her remit covers both workforce and patient EDI; and includes acting as an advisor, developing and delivering EDI training and supporting the organisation to fulfil its mandatory and statutory duties. Sharon also sits on the organisation’s Inclusion Council who strategically drives the EDI agenda. Her journey into this profession started with an opportunity to co-chair an ethnic minority staff network at a previous workplace; and since joining the ICB she has set up four of the five staff networks and still co-chairs two. In the summer of 2021 Sharon co-founded the D&I Strategic Network, a professional network for practitioners and allies and in January 2022 established a national peer-learning networking for NHS EDI practitioners called the ‘Big Coffee Break’. Sharon is also a keen volunteer and currently sits on the board of The Key – Unlock Potential which is a start-up charity based in Bristol.
Annique Simpson, Inernal Communications Manager, Taylor Wessing
Annique Simpson is an internal communications leader with experience spanning the legal, housing, telecommunications and financial industries. She holds a BSc in Psychology, a journalism postgraduate diploma, and a CIPR Internal Communications postgraduate certificate. Her interest areas include change and leadership communications, strategic advisory and communications measurement and evaluation. She also enjoys setting up/refreshing IC business functions to help deliver against company strategy - a key focus of her role leading the IC team at top tech and innovation law firm Taylor Wessing UK. An avid writer, Annique has covered stories on the music and PR industries for several publications, including CIPR Inside and PRS' M Magazine. She also loves playing the piano, spending time in the natural world and getting lost in a podcast series.
Nafisa Ali Shafiq, Communications and Engagement Manager,, University of Leeds
Himangini Khanna, Global Head of People Engagement, Epidemic Sound
In her role as Head of People Engagement at recently crowned tech unicorn, Epidemic Sound, Himangini is a champion of communication with experience supervising executive corporate and department communications, including tone of voice, with a speciality of impactful messaging that allows company culture and employee engagement to seamlessly meet. Prior to Epidemic Sound, she worked as a Strategic PR Consultant for London based agency The Crowd&I, where she counted clients in the tech scale-up sector such as iZettle and Love Home Swap. A citizen of the world, she has lived in Oslo, Mumbai and London, and now calls Stockholm home.
Jennie Rayner, Head of Internal Communications, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Jennie Rayner leads the internal communications team at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Her communications career began in the charity sector where she started out as a generalist before specialising in internal communications. She led the internal communications function at a local authority before joining the Government Communication Service in 2017. Motivated by making a positive difference to people’s lives, she has found her natural home in the public sector where she is a keen advocate for the role that internal communications can play in making organisations work better. Following the pandemic, she is keen that internal communications retains its reputation as a business-critical function. She is working to realise its potential for shaping a new world of work and building productive, innovative and thriving organisations.
May Holloway, Head of Internal Communications, British Transport Police
Satnam Kaur, Director of Internal Communications and Engagement, Priory MEDIAN
Satnam joined Priory in 2018 and works across its healthcare and adult care divisions to lead communications and engagement for 20,000 colleagues in frontline roles at 300 sites. Satnam is working with a new management board following a recent merger and is focusing on improving communication with non-desk based colleagues, colleague voice, diversity and inclusion and colleague wellbeing.
Satnam has a background in public relations, with over 17 years of experience delivering effective campaigns for the likes of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Anglian Water, University of Manchester, Together Financial Services and Unilever.
Dev Mistry, Global Communications Manager, DICE
Dev Mistry is a communications and relationship management professional based in London, UK. Dev currently works for DICE, as Global Internal Communications Manager, supporting communications and strategic consultancy across the business. Previously Dev has worked across internal and external comms for the likes of Virgin Media O2, Honda and Subaru; focussing on brand narratives, people centric communications and company wide campaigns. Outside of work, Dev is a firm advocate for diversity and inclusion as an Advisor for the Blueprint kite mark, mentoring on the #BMEPRPros scheme and chairing events for both BIPOC and LGBTQ+ charities and organisations.
Noha Al-Afifi, Director of Fundraising and Communications, Arthritis Action
Noha is the Director of Marketing & Communications at UK charity Arthritis Action. She has over 18 years'? experience in marketing, communications and public relations. She has worked across various sectors, including telecommunications, higher education, nonprofits and healthcare, both in the UK and internationally. Noha has spent most of her career measuring and evaluating marketing and communications activity to demonstrate the positive impact of internal and external communications on business growth and success. She has been named in PRWeek UK’s Power Book 2021, which recognises the top communications professionals in the country.
Gabriella Santa Cruz, Communications and Engagement Manager, OPEN Health Communications
Gabriella has worked at OPEN Health, a healthcare communications agency, for over 5 years. Starting as an Office Manager and Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Gabriella is now responsible for all internal communications for a team of 820 employees across the UK and US. Her role as Communications and Engagement Manager was created to harness Gabriella’s passion and natural ability to build relationships and feel the ‘pulse’ of the teams. In 2022, Gabriella’s internal communications initiative, COMMunity was awarded gold at the Employee Experience Awards. This initiative was developed and implemented to support teams through a period of immense change and growth, including two acquisitions and the onboarding of 211 new starters. In addition, the COMMendation recognition program, developed and launched in 2021 to provide employees a forum to commend one another, was also awarded silver at the Employee Experience Awards. Following a successful year in her role, Gabriella has been shortlisted as 1 of 2 finalist for the Best Internal Communications Newcomer at the Institute of Internal Communication
Amy Watt, Founder, MegaWatt coaching
Amy helps experienced comms professionals to thrive in their roles, while enjoying a healthy work-life balance. She is an experienced communications professional and certified coach, with over 17 years of experience in the communications industry working with brands, including Google, IKEA and John Lewis. She began her career with eight years at one of the UK's top PR agencies, before going freelance and retraining as a coach. With her dual background of comms professional and coach for the industry, she fully understands the challenges and opportunities faced by today’s senior comms leaders and their teams. With Amy's support, clients become calmer, and more self-assured and enjoy the day-to-day of a career in comms, while creating future opportunities in the industry. As well as her certification in coaching from the Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring, she holds an Accredited Diploma in Yoga Teaching from The British Wheel of Yoga and is currently studying to become a certified Psychodynamic Coach.