Speakers

Charlie Bain
Chief Operating Officer, Digitalis

Charlie has over 20 years’ experience in risk consulting, communications and journalism. He specialises in advising clients on online reputation strategies, crisis communications and digital security and privacy. Before joining Digitalis, he held a number of senior positions at risk management firm G3, Good Governance Group where he was Deputy Chief Executive. As well advising
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Jaimie Brown
Global Head of Communications, Clarivate Analytics

Jaimie Brown graduated from Leicester University (UK) with an Honours degree in Physiology and immediately afterwards began his career in the Pharmaceutical industry as a medical representative. During his time as a sales manager in Primary Care, he studied for his Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and later became a Brand Manager with J&J.  In 2001
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Stuart Bruce Dip CAM MPRCA FCIPR
Founder and Principal, Stuart Bruce Associates

Stuart has earned an international reputation as a pioneering thinker and doer in modernised public relations and corporate communications and is the founder and principal of Stuart Bruce Associates, an independent international agile management consultancy. It provides strategic counsel, training and mentoring for companies and governments around the world including Europe, the Middle East, the
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Shirley Collyer
Director, Lansons

Shirley is a director and partner at Lansons, the strategic consultancy which specialises in corporate, media and political communications. She joined Lansons from J.P. Morgan in 1994 and provides strategic advice to – and implements programmes for – a range of clients. Her experience has included launching and providing ongoing strategic advice for pension clients,
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Robyn de Villiers
CEO, Burson-Marsteller Africa

Robyn is the chairman and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Africa. She has been engaged in public relations and corporate communications both in South Africa and across the continent for over 25 years. Through Burson-Marsteller Africa, the unique network of indigenous, in-country communications consultancies she founded, Burson-Marsteller provides local and international clients with market relevant communications services
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Jim Donaldson
Head of, Fleishman Hillard UK and Middle East

Jim oversees FleishmanHillard’s UK and Middle East operations covering five locations and around 300 staff.   With more than 25 years in the communications industry, Jim has lived and worked across the world in different roles for a number of global PR agencies.  His experience covers all major service areas of the industry including corporate reputation,
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Gillian Duffy
Senior Associate, Schillings Partners

Gillian’s expertise in commercial litigation sees her deal with complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Having practised as an Advocate, Gillian is able to bring her front line litigation skills to bear as a reputation defence lawyer. While her primary objective is to prevent a client ending up in litigation, sometimes it is necessary and unavoidable. In
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Dr Johanna Fawkes
Principal Research Fellow, University of Huddersfield

Dr Johanna Fawkes joined the University of Huddersfield Business School in March 2016 as Principal Research Fellow. She is Principal Investigator for a global research project based in Huddersfield and working with public relations’ professional bodies, practitioners and educators around the world (see below for more detail). Her previous position was Senior Lecturer in Public
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Josh Glendinning
Research Manager, Opinium

Josh has a track record of translating complex issues into actionable insights for a wide range of clients. With a background in strategic and creative communications, Josh enjoys the challenge of developing and applying insights to new business and communications challenges. He has research experience across strategic insight development, corporate positioning, thought leadership, and stakeholder
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Dr. Herbert Heitmann
EVP Global Brand, Communications and Government Relations, Bayer

Dr. Herbert Heitmann, founding and acting President of the European Association of Communications Directors (EACD) From September 1st 2013 till April 30th 2016, Herbert Heitmann was Executive Vice President Corporate Brand, Communications & Government Relations (BCG) for Bayer AG during its transformation towards a leading life-science company. Under his leadership the three independent BCG subgroup
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Tim Johnson
Partner, Regester Larkin by Deloitte LLP

Tim has advised some of the world’s leading organisations on crisis and reputation management and has particular experience of highly regulated sectors. Tim’s specific area of expertise is risk management and organisational resilience.  He advises clients on all procedural, behavioural, cultural, leadership and communication aspects of crisis preparedness and reputation management He also advises multinational
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Jo Klein
Consultant, Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Corporate & Crisis Communications

Jo Klein is specialized in corporate communications, crisis communications, media relations and international stakeholder programs Jo Klein is a communications professional with the experience to make strategic recommendations on the plans, management structures and communications needed to manage serious corporate situations. He provides senior counsel and around the clock response to clients managing high profile
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Jason MacKenzie Chartered Marketer Found.Chart.PR FCIM FCIPR
President, Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Jason is president of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the largest membership organisation for PR professionals in Europe. He is a Fellow of the CIPR and a Founding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner. Jason is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and a Chartered Marketer. He has spoken at conferences
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Eva Maclaine BA Hons, FCIPR, Chart PR
Principal, Maclaine Communications

As Principal of Maclaine Communications, Eva specialises in global communications programmes with particular emphasis on strategy development, issues management and stakeholder engagement. Her experience includes programmes for numerous blue chip UK organisations. A multilingual PR practitioner, she also advises internationally at senior government level with projects spanning countries as diverse as Poland, Samoa and Cyprus.
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Scott McKenzie
Joint Managing Director, Lansons

Scott is Joint Managing Director and head of the Change and Employee Engagement practice. He has nearly 20 years’ experience  managing complex and high profile change and employee engagement programmes across the public and private sectors. Over the course of Scott’s consultancy career he has worked for many well-known organisations including Pfizer, Prudential, The Pension
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Ella Minty FoundChartPR MCIPR MIoD
Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement, PRNews Guidebook and CIPR Influence contributor

Ella has over 17 years of experience in corporate reputation, stakeholder engagement, corporate governance, leadership development and crisis management across business disciplines and governments, including investment markets, lender organisations, national and international media, NGOs and local communities. Ella is a published author and university lecturer, public speaker and an active member of The Chartered Institute of
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Heidi Myers
Marketing and Communications Director, EMEA, Meltwater

Heidi is Marketing and Communications Director, EMEA at Meltwater. With over 15 years’ Sales and Marketing experience, Heidi has created, managed and led strategy and programmes in digital marketing and PR, helping Meltwater achieve significant growth and raising the Meltwater profile across the world.


Meriel Schindler
Partner, Withers LLP

Meriel is head of the employment team and advises both senior executives and employers. It is not unusual for Meriel’s clients to come to her when they are in a state of crisis. Dealing with a crisis requires close coordination of legal and communications advice to ensure that each client gets the best outcome possible
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Ian Smart
Partner , Grant Thornton UK LLP

In July 2015, Ian became responsible for building and maintaining strategic and long-lasting relationships with Grant Thornton’s most significant clients, ensuring we create value and provide a high-quality service. Between 2008 and 2015, Ian was Managing Partner of our London Office.  Over that time, we grew our London business to over £300m revenue by broadening
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Donald Steel FRSA MCIPR
Director , Donald Steel Public Relations London Limited

Donald Steel is an international responder, trainer and speaker in crisis communications.  In addition to his own practice, where he advises high profile individuals and companies on crisis and issue management, he is an associate director in crisis communications at Kenyon International Emergency Services.  Kenyon is the world’s largest responder to incidents involving mass fatality
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Kerry Thorpe
European PR Lead, Ben & Jerry’s Europe

Kerry has worked in communications for over 15 years, having started her career at MTV, and previously held the position of Head of PR at national communications charity Media Trust. Kerry then transitioned into using her communications skills to help businesses drive greater social impact.  Kerry is responsible for overseeing the communication plans for Ben
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Chris Tucker, BA Hons, CAM, MCIPR
Course Leader for CIPR Crisis Communications Diploma, PR Academy

Chris has spent the past 25 years in Public Relations working in the voluntary, public and private sectors.  She worked in-house for Barclays Bank which she first joined as Head of PR for Barclaycard.  Chris went on to hold a number of PR positions across the bank looking after areas as diverse as business-to-business, international, Corporate Social Responsibility
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