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Judges Alumni

Stephen McCallion

Global Head of marketing Communications at TAQA, former Global Head of Corporate identity Communications , SHELL

Globally experienced marketing communications, corporate brand/ branding professional with strong technical & leadership skills. Strategist with ability to develop internal & external networks, achieve buy-in from senior stakeholders, gain C-suite support and deliver-with-excellence. Well- honed decision-making skills. Collaborative. Keep-it-simple approach.

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Stephen McCallion

Stephen McCallion

Global Head of marketing Communications at TAQA, former Global Head of Corporate identity Communications , SHELL

Andrew Flowers

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Microsoft & Nokia

Andrew is a content strategist and producer with in-house experience from the likes of Microsoft, Nokia, Ericsson and nASDAQ OMX. In the past few years Andrew has mainly been focused on producing online videos and TV advertisements for smartphones, yet his broad career also spans financial communication, consumer PR and B2B copywriting.

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Andrew Flowers

Andrew Flowers

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Microsoft & Nokia

James Stevenson

Founder And Managing Director Of Bletchley Group Digital Consultant of Marks And Spencer, UK

James helped businesses create, transform and grow their digital presence, products and teams using strategy, marketing, product and technology. Working for global brands, offering a range of digital services from e-commerce, to online brand protection, digital business strategies and online marketing, helping clients understand new busi- ness practices, new consumer behaviour, and new digital technologies available.

His Clients include: Guardian News and Media, Selfridges & Co, Bacardi, News Interna- tional, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Grey Goose Vodka Hilton Hotels.

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James Stevenson

James Stevenson

Founder And Managing Director Of Bletchley Group Digital Consultant of Marks And Spencer, UK

Martin Kirke

Non-Executive Director and Coach, Advisory Board Chairman at PushFar.

Martin has held international HR director roles with Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Serco and BP including vice President resource management for Ericsson based in Stockholm and HR Director Operations Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific for the BP Group. Martin has experience of running a business as a General Manager and has also led major change and transformation programmes.

Martin was the lead in HR at Transport for London for the 2012 Olympics after which he decided to focus on non-executive director and consultancy work. His clients include the Cabinet Office, UK (Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and ensures the effective running of government) and healthcare charity ‘Action for Change’ where he is also a non-executive director.

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Martin Kirke

Martin Kirke

Non-Executive Director and Coach, Advisory Board Chairman at PushFar.

Tony Coll

Media & Communication Consultant, former BBC Journalist

Tony Coll is one of the UK’s most experienced media and presentation coaches and trainers. A former BBC TV and BBC Radio reporter and producer, he has worked for many years with senior figures from companies and organisations of all sizes; politicians; national and local government officers; health service and utility managers; pressure group spokespeople; charity workers; chief police and fire officers. He worked at cabinet level with the late Veronica Crichton, former director of communications at the Labour Party, in media training several UK government ministers.
Tony’s training can be delivered in the form of personal coaching or consultancy, in groups or as part of wider emergency response training. It covers effective emergency communication with newspapers, radio, TV and social media as well as addressing live audiences.

Tony Coll is an Oxford law graduate who began his career as a newspaper reporter in North East London and Sheffield.  He moved on to the BBC World Service, BBC Radio One ‘Newsbeat’, BBC and commercial local radio and BBC regional TV in Manchester and London.  He has interviewed cabinet ministers and other public figures; researched, produced, reported and presented news and current affairs programmes, from hard news, sequence programmes and “built” documentaries, through live political discussions and phone-ins, to lighter features, celebrity profiles and vox pops.

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Tony Coll

Tony Coll

Media & Communication Consultant, former BBC Journalist

Simon Nicholson

Social Media Manager, Honda Motor Europe Ltd
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Simon Nicholson

Simon Nicholson

Social Media Manager, Honda Motor Europe Ltd

Omar Rostom

Consumer Engagement and Media Manager Near East, North Africa, Levant, & Emerging Asia, Microsoft
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Omar Rostom

Omar Rostom

Consumer Engagement and Media Manager Near East, North Africa, Levant, & Emerging Asia, Microsoft

Christophe Ginisty

President 2013 , International Public Relations Association, Former Digital Evangelist for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Edelman

International public relations expert and a digital guru with more than 20 years of experience.
- Deputy Managing Director of Edelman EMEA, European Technology – Digital evangelist (2011-2012), fouunder and Managing Director Rumeur Publique (1988, 2011).
- President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) for 2013.
- Founder of NGO ‘Internet sans Frontières’ (Internet without Borders) in 2007 then WebDiversity in 2011.
- Published author of Allons, enfants de l'Internet! (Publisher: Diateino, 2010).
- Creator of the "ReputationWar" international conference (2013).
- Professor of Lobbying & Influence at INSEEC (since 2010).

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Christophe Ginisty

Christophe Ginisty

President 2013 , International Public Relations Association, Former Digital Evangelist for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Edelman

Hannu Koikkalainen

Head of Digital Planning, Microsoft, Finland
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Hannu Koikkalainen

Hannu Koikkalainen

Head of Digital Planning, Microsoft, Finland

Guy Perry

Managing Director, Gulf Media Experts, UAE

Guy has 30 years’ experience in international BBC TV news, corporate communications and media consultancy. Now based in the UAE since 2006, he founded and ran for 10 years a successful media training and consultancy firm in London, Greenwich Village PR, working with blue chip clients such as KPMG, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), L’Oreal (Paris) and the Crown Estate.
In 2006, as adviser to the spokesman of the Asian Games Doha, he led the official response to the media onslaught following the death of a competitor.
Guy has worked for many international news organisations such as BBC TV, BBC World Service Radio, International Television News (ITN), Reuters, EuroNews and Channel 4 News.

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Guy Perry

Guy Perry

Managing Director, Gulf Media Experts, UAE

8TH ANNUAL

INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE

Exclusive Retreat for IC Leaders

26-27 MARCH 2020

Venue: Le Méridien Piccadilly, London, UK

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The 8th Annual Internal Communications Conference 2020 is designed to give internal communications executives the space to think about the modern communications landscape and their place within it.

This international The IC Conference includes a mix of short presentations and discussions, with conversations about Gen Z from a leading author, exercises on mindful leadership and debates about growing a team. Our ambition is to create a space for IC Seniors to step away from the day to day and grab a bit of mind space.

With speakers lined up like the Katharina Auer, Clifford Chance’s Paul Osgood, the BBC’s Emily Kirwan and PepsiCo’s Jemima Bradbury-Wade, delegates will be hearing how we are likely to be affected by trends such as changing workforce demographics, the equalities agenda, sustainability and the continuing development of technology.

With its impeccable reputation, this truly international IC Conference draws senior level communication leaders from far and wide. It’s a perfect opportunity for delegates to engage with a diverse group of peers while still ensuring each attendee learns from the valuable knowledge and experience shared at the conference.

Internal Communications Conference Speakers 2020

Claire Vivyan-Roberts

Claire Vivyan-Roberts Head of Employee Communications and Experience at Visa Europe
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Claire Vivyan-Roberts

Claire Vivyan-Roberts

Claire Vivyan-Roberts Head of Employee Communications and Experience at Visa Europe

Liam FitzPatrick

Principal, Working Communications Strategies and author, Internal Communications, a manual for practitioners

Liam FitzPatrick has 25 years of experience with change, PR and internal communications comes from working in-house and in consultancy.
Liam has worked in civil engineering, energy, manufacturing and transportation as well as telecoms. He was Global Head of Internal Communications at Marconi during its financial restructuring and has worked on change and transformation projects in a wide variety of situations. He is particularly interested in developing teams, research and planning.
He is a council member and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

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Liam FitzPatrick

Liam FitzPatrick

Principal, Working Communications Strategies and author, Internal Communications, a manual for practitioners

Lacea Loader

Director of Communication and Marketing at University of THE FREE STATE

Lacea Loader is Director: Communication and Marketing at the University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa. Her academic qualifications include a BA honours degree in Communication, a BA honours degree in Language Studies, and a master’s degree in Higher Education Studies. Reporting to the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, she is responsible for institutional communication and marketing and provides high-level strategic support to the executive management of the university. She is an international award-winning communication specialist and member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

She was national Chairperson of the South African Association for Marketing, Advancement and Communication in Education (MACE) from 2016-2017 and served as MACE Regional Chairperson from 2014-2015. She is an evaluator for the IABC Africa Blue Ribbon and IABC Gold Quill Panels since 2012. She serves on the MACE Excellence Awards evaluation panel since 2012.

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Lacea Loader

Lacea Loader

Director of Communication and Marketing at University of THE FREE STATE

Nicki Allitt

Global Head of Communications, Engagement and Change at Syngenta International

Nicki Allitt is the Global Head of Communications at Syngenta International, headquartered in Switzerland, and is responsible for Corporate Functions and the Internal Communications digital strategy. Previously, she worked in senior communication roles at Shell International in the Netherlands. Nicki has lived and worked in 5 different countries for a number of large multi-national corporations in the life science, agricultural, oil and gas, tourism, and media broadcast sectors. She has a passion for employee engagement and leveraging digital technologies to enhance the employee experience.

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Nicki Allitt

Nicki Allitt

Global Head of Communications, Engagement and Change at Syngenta International

Dr. Edna Ayme-Yahil

Corporate Head of Marketing and Communications at Panalpina

Edna has developed and delivered top-quality integrated communications strategies in large global companies and public organizations. She has held various global communications roles at Nissan, STMicroelectronics, Philip Morris International and UNESCO and was a consultant for the OECD. She has also taught communications and history at the University of California Los Angeles, University of Arkansas, University of Paris, and Washington State University.

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Dr. Edna Ayme-Yahil

Dr. Edna Ayme-Yahil

Corporate Head of Marketing and Communications at Panalpina

Mike Klein

Internal Communication Consultant at Changing The Terms

MIKE KLEIN is an internal communication consultant based in Delft in the Netherlands. Mike is Principal of Changing The Terms, a blog and consulting practice focusing on strategic content, selective engagement and sense-making.

Mike has been active in the profession as a writer, consultant and strategist since discovering internal communications as an MBA student at London Business School in the 1990's. A dual US and British citizen, Mike has managed more than 20 political campaigns across the US and has focused much of his extensive writing on the application of political communication principles in a corporate context. He serves as regional treasurer for IABC in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

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Mike Klein

Mike Klein

Internal Communication Consultant at Changing The Terms

Cécile Jenkins

Head of Group Internal Communications Oxford University Press

The first large-scale change initiative I worked on was an upgrade of a financial system with 4,000 users across the University of Oxford, a devolved and complex organizational structure. In 2015, took on a Head of Engagement Communications at Newton Europe, a management consultancy focused on operational improvements, working across retail, healthcare, defence and social care. I set up a new change communication team there to support Newton’s multimillion pound change programmes. With 90,000 staff across the UK in supermarkets and offices, I then came to understand what “big” really meant, as change initiatives go! After my experience of consulting for a couple of years, I then joined Oxfam and learnt of the complications of working globally across a remote and diverse organizational culture. In 2017 I joined Oxford University Press – which despite what the name suggests – is a global academic and educational publisher, with 7,500 staff across 52 countries. I set up a new change comms team and then – after about 18 months – took on the global Internal Communications role, with continuing responsibility for our change communications team

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Cécile Jenkins

Cécile Jenkins

Head of Group Internal Communications Oxford University Press

Chad Rogerson

Head of Communication Strategy, Consumer & Employee Campaigns at Nationwide

Chad has a broad communication background, having worked in marketing, public relations and internal communication roles over the last 16 years. He’s currently Head of Communication Strategy, Consumer and Employee Campaigns at Nationwide, leading on developing and executing external and internal campaigns and accountable for shaping how communication drives the organisational strategy.

Having worked at Nationwide for eight years, he has led teams such as Internal Communication Business Partnering, Vulnerable Customers and Social Investment. Prior to Nationwide, Chad worked for the agency Chime Communications, specialising in devising communication campaigns linked to social purpose and sustainability. His early career saw him work for Credit Suisse and ABN AMRO.

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Chad Rogerson

Chad Rogerson

Head of Communication Strategy, Consumer & Employee Campaigns at Nationwide

Sanjoy Mukherjee-Richardson

Head of Internal Commuications and Engagement at BBC News

Sanjoy has over 21 years’ experience of leading internal and change communications for major global companies. Amongst these are Fortune 500 companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, HSBC, Coca-Cola European Partners, Philips Electronics and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Most recently he was Brexit Communications lead for international insurance company Hiscox plc.

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Sanjoy Mukherjee-Richardson

Sanjoy Mukherjee-Richardson

Head of Internal Commuications and Engagement at BBC News

Gihan Abdel-Magid Hyde

Head of Employee Communication – Talent & learning at BP Plc

Gihan is an award winner Corporate Communication Consultant with 19 years spanning through numerous multinational organisations within different sectors. Gihan specialises in designing and delivering effective employee and stakeholder communication strategies and plans during a time of change across several sectors. She has a flair for building strong, credible relationships at all levels ensuring the right messages and strategies are implemented correctly.

Gihan currently leads the Talent and Learning department in BP. Prior to BP Gihan worked in several organisations as the Interim Head of Communications including Department for Int. Trade Saudi Arabia, HSBC Asset Management UK, Barclays Internal Audit UK, M&S HR UK, the Riyadh Metro Project Saudi Arabia and The World Health Organization ethics and health dept., Genève.

Highlights of Gihan’s Career included

  • First female to work in the Saudi construction sector
  • Winning the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Best Employee Engagement Awardin 2016.
  • Creating and developing the Consumer and Retail Sector for the Department for International Trade (DIT) in Saudi Arabia.
  • Designing and delivering bespoke media messages and public speaking training sessions for more than 100 Executives and senior executives representing FTSE 100 organisations.
  • Leading the Employee & Stakeholder Engagement Department for Barclays UK Internal Audit to ensure the bank’s new strategy, corporate culture and values were communicated effectively to staff and external stakeholders.
  • Transforming HSBC’s complex anti-money laundering key messages into simple language communicated to 3,000 employees across 26 countries
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Gihan Abdel-Magid Hyde

Gihan Abdel-Magid Hyde

Head of Employee Communication – Talent & learning at BP Plc

CALL FOR SPEAKERS

Each year our team works hard to deliver the most engaged audience from across the globe to learn, share best-practices and network. If you have valuable knowledge to impart and want to address a captive room of diverse professionals then we can give you the perfect platform. Email us @ ic_conference@BOC-UK.com to submit your session idea

In a fascinating two days at the IC Conference 2019 we all went on a wonderfully informative and inspiring journey, and what an experience it was.

We had a brilliant line-up of speakers from EY, Accenture, BBC, GSK and many more. A huge thank you to our exceptional facilitator/charismatic chairman Liam FitzPatrick ;

We had the pleasure to welcome a great group of senior communications professionals, ready to learn, share and experiment; Inspiring, engaging yet practical sessions, followed by active networking, intensive coffee breaks, we had it all.

We are extremely pleased with positive feedbacks and hope to meet again next year at the 8th Annual IC Conference, London, 26-27 March 2020.

Topics that will be addressed include:

  • Unlocking the key to powerful communications strategy
  • Role of IC in building a sustainable business
  • Measurement and its links with major business drivers
  • Inspiring innovation and engagement
  • Communicating to an offline global audience
  • Managing Organisation & Cultural Change

Reasons why you should attend:

2. Brief but informative sessions with substantial Q&A and discussion times

crisp, yet rich sessions are very interactive, allowing speakers to be highly relevant by reflecting on delegates’ questions and interests accordingly.

3. Diverse experience

as well as case studies, interactive round-tables, and practical workshops are a perfect opportunity to dive deeper into the area of your interest and passion.

4. Around 70-80 participants

which is proven to be the optimal number to maximize networking opportunities and still keep the event comfortable and personal. The level of delegates is senior and very diverse from UK, Mainland Europe, USA, Middle East, Russia, Africa, etc

5. Not vendor driven

this event is not a trade show with dozens of sponsors but a unique platform for top level IC practitioners designed to facilitate learning, networking and bench-marking.

Have any questions?

Please contact: Kat Eletskih Event Director ic_conference@boc-uk.com Tel.: +44 207 112 4846

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