17–18 June 2020
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Her main area of work now focuses on integrating public relations strategy within businesses and organisations, stakeholder engagement and discreet coaching of senior PR practitioners and CEOs. This includes risk and scenario planning, crisis planning and digital transformation.
Laura was involved with, and Chaired the CIPR Scotland group for four years, before being elected to the CIPR’s main Board and Council. She finished her final term on Council in December 2018.
PRFest was born in 2015 out of frustration and passion, and through consulting with the PR community in the UK. Laura continues to consult with the global community and aims to continue to evolve PRFest.
Laura is a guest lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of West of Scotland and Glasgow Kelvin College.
You can find Laura’s PR blog 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.
Twitter (personal): @marybethwest https://twitter.com/marybethwest
Twitter (ethics advocacy): @MBWComm https://twitter.com/MBWComm
Twitter (agency): @FletcherPR https://twitter.com/FletcherPR
My creative design studio https://twitter.com/GoodWillStudios
My Sustainable Agencies project https://twitter.com/sustainableAgnc
Design studio website https://www.goodwillstudios.com/
Sustainable Agencies http://sustainableagencies.com/
She is also a mum of two and knows what it is to juggle a business around children and importance of work-life balance, after being diagnosed with PND at the peak of career. In order to get well again, she shifted gears, and through the support of other business owners in the same situation was able to carve out a business that is successful but also enables her to be present in her own and family’s life.
He has contributed to several published business books on measuring communications and is an active long-term member of the UK Government’s GCS / Cabinet Office Evaluation Council. In 2013 he co-authored the UK government’s Capability Review of Digital Communications. Richard is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a member of the PRCA’s PR & Communications Council, an Honorary Lifetime Fellow of AMEC and was inducted into PR News’ Measurement Hall of Fame in 2017.
Twitter – www.twitter.com/richardbagnall
Linkedin – www.linkedin.com/in/richardbagnall
He is a founder member of social enterprise, Campaign Collective. He currently co-ordinates the work of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition and delivers campaigns for Project Syndicate, the Social Workers Union, National Association of Child Contact Centres and Loughborough University.
Further experience includes running campaigns for Brathay Trust and Power To Change. He co-authored the Freedom To Campaign Guide to the Lobbying Act.
He edits the Collective’s home of positive news, The Rooftop and is Chair of Public Relations and Communications Association’s Charity and Not for Profit Group. He led the PRCA Council’s work on defining and measuring the social impact of public relations.
He is also a trustee of the Association of Colleges Charitable Trust and formerly chaired the PR Apprenticeships Trailblazer employer group.
Simon can be found on Twitter and LinkedIn.
**Vuelio is a sponsor of PRFest**
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Gayle spent the last 20 years working with entrepreneurs from some of the UK’s landmark tourism businesses, our finest inventors, innovators and technologists as well as some of the country’s most exciting franchise brands.
In 2012 she joined Entrepreneurial Spark and finally discovered what lay behind my life-long love affair with businesses – the people. Working with over 150 individual founders, Gayle learned about the psychology of an entrepreneur and how to coach someone through all of the challenges of that life. She recruited, trained and led a team of 25 that created our UK-wide proprietary enablement and coaching programme and collectively took that to over 4,000 entrepreneurs. They, in turn, generated £651m of turnover, £255m of investment and 8,096 jobs. In 2016, Gayle became a Director and COO and in 2018 they sold this business to partners, Royal Bank of Scotland.
Gayle is renowned for her curiosity, always asking ‘why’ as a child, and as an adult some refer to it more along the lines of the Spanish inquisition. That brings with it an inability to settle for the norm, always seeking to understand the impact of how we think and behave on what we do, and always challenging herself and others to see if we can find new and creative ways of doing things.
Gayle’s new business, Misadventures in Entrepreneuring, launched in November 19 and is on a mission with a fortnightly podcast for entrepreneurs that brings you refreshingly honest conversations about the realities of being an entrepreneur today. This will be followed by a book on the same toping in Sept 2020.
Kara is the founder of money-saving blog called www.yourbestfriendsguidetocash.co.uk which promises to help you get more bang for your buck no matter what your budget.
Her first book, by the same name, was published by Harriman House in January 2015. You can find it on Amazon.co.uk here.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Kara lives with her daughter in West Sussex.