13 and 14 June 2019
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Emma is Director of Marketing and Advancement at Loughborough University, overseeing communications, marketing, recruitment, web and digital, widening participation, international and fundraising and development. A UK top ten University in all major league tables, Loughborough is a leading UK university with a rapidly growing international reputation.
Emma started her career in fashion and consumer PR in 1988, working in local government, tourism, and destination marketing before settling in higher education in 1997.
A Founding Chartered PR Practitioner, Chartered Marketer and Chartered Manager, she has won a string of awards over more than two decades spanning team development, PR, marketing, innovation, fundraising, digital, and web. She is the Chartered Institute of Public Relations President Elect for 2018. Emma also Chairs the UCAS HE Marketing Advisory Board and is a regular national and international speaker on PR, marketing, digital and communications.
Emma holds a first degree, MBA and various PR, marketing and management qualifications all of which she studied for part-time whilst working.
He is a co-author of ‘Share This’ and ‘Share This Too’, practical handbooks to the biggest changes taking place in the media and its professions. Commenting on the first volume, Lord Sugar said: “This book is a useful guide to using social media effectively”.
Andrew is a trainer in social media, analytics, SEO and digital marketing for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the Public Relations & Communications Association (PRCA), the Media Trust, the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA), the Amber Group, Understanding ModernGov and the SMi Group. He has consulted or provided training to representatives of over 600 organisations in the last six years including the Department of Environment (DEFRA), NHS, Specsavers, Sky, Wellcome Trust, and many others.
Andrew has been a consistent PR innovator, being among the first UK practitioners to exploit email (1990), the World Wide Web (1994) and Twitter (2007). Described as the “de facto godfather of PR blogging”, he is a regular speaker and media commentator on the integration of PR with social media, search optimisation and analytics. He is a member of the CIPR’s Foresight Panel and the ICCO Innovation Panel. He also holds the Google Analytics Individual Qualification.
Initially, Amanda worked on local newspapers throughout the North West of England before moving into public relations working for a number of public sector organisations.
She has led the communication team at Greater Manchester Police during some challenging times including the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in May 2017, the murder of two police officers in 2012, August 2011 riots, death of the former Chief Constable and numerous counter terrorism investigations.
Amanda has been chair of the national Association of Police Communicators (APComm) since January 2013.
In July 2017 Amanda became a Fellow of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA).
She has held a variety of roles at Manchester City Council, including Head of Digital City Strategy and Head of Customer and Community Engagement, previously supporting the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), now the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, with their communications activities.
Now responsible for Manchester’s strategic communications, Jen heads a full in-house communications service with creative design, marketing, media, news, digital production and content creation, print, mail, AV and event management, with translations and interpretation including a commercial arm servicing a number of public sector organisations.
Jen has been on the top in-house communicators list at Prolific North for the last two years and is the chair of the communications recovery group following the Manchester arena attack in May 2017.
He is also a lecturer in Dublin City University where he co-wrote the syllabus for its MSc in Public Relations and Strategic Communication.
He holds a Masters in Digital Marketing as well as qualifications in Company Direction, Accounting, Innovation and Project Management.
He is a fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland and sits on a number of commercial and non-profit boards.
A native of Sligo in the north west of Ireland, Padraig is an avid sports fan who likes to learn, read and travel.
Laura is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations with 17 years’ experience in integrated public relations, communications and marketing.
Her main area of work now focuses on corporate strategy and discreet coaching of other PR practitioners and CEOs.
Laura was involved with and Chaired the CIPR Scotland group for four years, before being elected to the CIPR’s Board and Council. Laura currently sits on its Council and is active in improving the organisation’s volunteer engagement and has been involved in the guidance of GDPR.
Laura is a guest lecturer at University of West of Scotland and Glasgow Kelvin College.
You can find Laura’s PR blogs here, which was voted Top 10 Female PR Blogger by Vuelio. She’s @laurafromaura on Twitter and Instagram and always happy to connect on LinkedIn.
2014 Service Award Winner of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, university lecturer and published author, member of McKinsey’s Executive Panel and Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Ella worked in over 20 countries, from Central Asia to West Africa and from Latin America to GCC, having devised the first Leadership Development Initiative for young engineers in Egypt, post “Arab Spring”.
With a variety of qualifications and degrees under her belt, ranging from PR and Communication Sciences to business management and Change Leadership, Ella is also an alumna of Cornell University and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
Currently, Ella is the Reputation Management Director of a London-based management consultancy and her client list includes the European Commission, Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey, BP, The Renaissance Foundation, KazTransOil, Total, EBRD, Centrica, Averda and others. She has also contributed to the setting up of centralised Government Communications units in Middle East.
Lucy-Rose was also a director of Panalba, a social networking website aimed at the Scots worldwide, and took on a number of roles involving business mentoring and encouraging entrepreneurship before meeting Jim Duffy in 2011 and co-founding Entrepreneurial Spark. Lucy-Rose has a passion for supporting people as well as driving the team to get the best out of them to create a long term sustainable business.
In February 2018, Entrepreneurial Spark announced the transfer of it’s partnership accelerator hubs with RBS, over to the bank, after a successful roll-out of 12 UK hubs and a heap of amazing stats.
He’s been in public relations for over a decade, working with clients such as Virgin Media, McAfee, Brompton and The Wellcome Trust and has helped manage global agencies such as Hotwire and Speed.
Sometimes John can be found ranting in the media about things that have irritated him, sharing posts of his latest cooking endeavors on Twitter and Instagram and speaking at conferences about stuff he cares about.
In 2016 Laura won Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year at the PRide North East Awards. She co-founded the #ExPRience events, aimed at plugging the gap between university and working life for students interested in a career in PR, and also guest lectures in media and branding at Newcastle and Northumbria universities.
Laura was co-opted onto the CIPR North East committee in 2017 where she recently led on the development of the Women In PR Leadership programme, drawing on research into the lack of gender diversity at senior management level in the industry.
Returning in-house in 2010, Jenni joined SSP UK as their internal communications manager looking after 10,000 employees across over 700 outlets in Ireland and the UK. After a few years she took over the internal communications for the wider Group and in October 2014 was promoted to Group Head of Communications to manage all internal and external communication across the 31 countries and 30,000 people. After learning a lot, especially in the financial PR space it was time for something new and in June 2016 she joined Perrigo in the UK and Ireland as their Communications Director to set up the communications function for the region.
Jenni co-founded The IC Crowd (@theiccrowd) to help connect internal communicators and has been involved with the Chartered Institiuteof Public Relations (CIPR) since 2012. She sits on the Council, the Professional Development and Membership committee and is the Chair for the Inside (internal communications) group.
Today, Jenni runs her own communications consultancy, Redefining Communications Ltd where she helps organisations with both internal and external communication challenges, internal digital adoption and supporting leaders as they create the right communications team for their business.
She was Chair of the UK PR and Communications Association’s (PRCA) Greenroom Group from 2015-18, is a member of the UK PR Council and a Fellow of the RSA. She’s currently writing a book on effectively communicating social and environmental issues, due out in late 2019. She’s based in Barcelona, where she spends her spare time teaching yoga and exploring the regions of Spain.