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SPEAKERS

Welcome to the Women in PR Speakers Directory, in partnership with the PRCA.

Research commissioned by Women in PR and Opinium has revealed that half (49%) of people in the communications industry feel there is a lack of diversity amongst speakers at public events. Women and those from BAME backgrounds were felt to be particularly under-represented with only 24% of women in communications having spoken at an event versus 35% of men.

This directory aims to help close this gap in public visibility by providing event organisers and media with a list of female PR and communications leaders and experts, from all ethnicities and backgrounds, who are open to public speaking opportunities. The directory is a free resource open to anyone to join or to use.

Women in PR is calling on female PR professionals from agency, in-house or consultants, of all ethnicities and backgrounds, to sign up. If you would like to be included in the directory please complete the following form below.

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Name: George Blizzard

Title / position: Co-founder, The PR Network

Location: London

Biography: George has worked in PR for 20+ years for international brands. After starting her career in Paris with international campaigns for brands including Mars, McDonalds,and IBM, she joined Bite in London in 2000 working in their international division. Whilst there, she worked for Apple, Samsung, Sun Microsystems, Toshiba and Openwave. George is co-founder of The PR Network, alongside Nicky Regazzoni, a role they have successfully run as a job share since 2005. George runs the Women in PR mentoring scheme with Nicky and is involved with the PRCA and the PR Council.

Topics of expertise: flexible working; new agency models; female entrepreneurship; work and wellbeing; growing a business

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Claire Bridges, MSc

Title / position: Chief Spark & Founder, Now Go Create

Location: London, UK

Biography: Best-selling author & Founder of Now Go Create, with 25 years experience as a former WPP MD & Creative Director, & 1 of only 100 people with an MSc in creativity & innovation. Claire believes in Creative Democracy and unleashing creative potential.

Topics of expertise: Applied creativity, innovation, creativity in PR, leadership, talent development

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Antoinette Dale Henderson

Title / position: Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach & Author

Location: London

Biography: Founder of The Gravitas Programme with 25+ years’ experience in leadership development & communications. Published author (Leading with Gravitas) & regular keynote speaker on gravitas, confidence & female leadership. Chair of girls charity, BelEve

Topics of expertise: Leading with Gravitas, Accelerating Female Potential, The Confidence Kitbag

Contact:

[email protected]

https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinettedalehenderson/

Name: Jenny Davey

Title / position: Partner

Location: London

Biography: Strategic communications adviser, specialising in consumer facing companies and crisis communications.

Topics of expertise: Crisis communications, Property

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Heather Delaney

Title / position: Founder

Location: London

Biography: World’s most influential crowdfunding & Startup specialist who takes a full-on approach across early stage startups to large listed behemoths. Trusted experience in everything from product development & packaging design to PR and marketing.

Topics of expertise: Mentoring women in the work environment, Startups, Crowdfunding, Global Strategy, Building an agency internationally

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Charlotte Dimond

Title / position: Director

Location: Yorkshire

Biography: N/A

Topics of expertise: Crisis communication, social media, running an agency, communication strategy

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Jo Field

Title / position: Founder & Managing Director, JFG Communications

Location: London

Biography: Award-winning gender diversity expert & agency founder. Advises transport & infrastructure clients on stakeholder engagement, public affairs & workforce gender balance. Board Member of Women in Transport. Vice-chair of CIPR Construction Property Grp

Topics of expertise: Stakeholder engagement; women in transport; women in leadership; transport; construction

Contact:

[email protected] 

Name: Claire Foster Chart.PR, MCIPR, MPRCA

Title / position: Senior Manager External Affairs (Corporate and Financial)

Location: London

Biography: Having spent over 14 years working as a communication professional in consumer, personal finance, insurance and roadside assistance, Claire currently works in external affairs for FTSE 100 insurer Direct Line Group. With both agency and in house experience, Claire has won Headline Money’s and PRCA’s PR Professional of the Year, she is part of the PRCA’s and CIPR’s In-House Team of the year, PRWeek’s Issues and Crisis Management, CorpComms Private Sector Communication and most recently, PR Moment’s Financial Services Campaign of the Year. She was named by journalists in the Press Choice personal finance report as ‘best in industry’ due to knowledge, reliability and approachability.


Claire is the Vice President of Women in PR and also sits on the Corporate Engagement Board of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Topics of expertise: Personal finance/financial services, crisis management, consumer, corporate, in-house, integrated campaigns

Contact:

[email protected]

www.linkedin.com/in/claireleonefoster/

@claireleonepr

Name: Tricia Fox

Title / position: CEO, Volpa

Location: Perth & Dundee

Biography: Entrepreneur Tricia founded Volpa, now one of Scotland’s top independent marketing and PR agencies, at just 26. In 2018 she participated in the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses scale up course and opened up a second office in Dundee.

Topics: Female entrepreneurship; growing a business; crisis communications; integrated campaigns; consumer

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Claire Gamble

Title / position: Managing director, Unhooked Communications | Founder, The Northern Creative Collective | Founder, PR Unlocked

Location: Manchester

Biography: A trained broadcast journalist, Claire has worked in PR for 12 years, working with large international organisations through to fast growth startups. Founder of PR Unlocked and The Northern Creative Collective, Claire supports startups and SMEs.

Topics: PR and SEO, women in business, PR for startups and SMEs, creative integrated campaigns, how PR can unlock exciting business opportunities.

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Ebony Gayle

Title / position: Author, independent consultant and founder of Ebonygaylecommunications.com & 9to5workrebels.com

Biography: Ebony Gayle is an author, speaker and advocate for independence, entrepreneurship and helping others to escape the rat race and follow their dreams. She is an accredited PR and communications specialist, with well over a 14 year’s experience advising, overseeing and implementing PR and marketing communication campaigns and strategies.  She has worked across a variety of industries including, entrepreneurs, new start-ups, health and social care, fitness & leisure, education and entertainment.

Ebony previously worked in-house where she headed up a PR team, before starting her own business and founded Ebony Gayle Communications working as an independent consultant with clients in the UK and abroad. Ebony is the author of the no-nonsense self help guide – How to become a consultant: a guide to free yourself from the 9-5 and recently set up 9to5workrebels.com a platform to help unhappy professionals escape the 9-5 and follow their passion.

Topics: Escaping the 9-5; being independent; Starting your own business & wellbeing at work. 

Name: Anna Geffert

Title / position: Associate Partner at Newgate Communications London and Sponsorship Secretary of Women in PR

Location: London

Biography: Anna has worked agency side in corporate and financial communications for over ten years specialising in Property/Construction, Financial Services, Energy, FMCG and Retail and has extensive experience in thought leadership research.

Topics of expertise: Corporate and Financial Stakeholder Engagement; Thought Leadership Research; Property and Financial Services

Contact:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-geffert-662044b/ 

Name: Sherawaye Hagger

Title / position: Consumer Brand Director

Location: London

Biography:  Shera is a senior communications expert with over 15 years’ experience in consumer PR. She is the luxury lead at FleishmanHillard. Shera believes that the future of luxe is in inclusion and diversification. Experience: Diageo, LVMH, Bacardi, D&G

Topics: Luxe, Inclusion, Culture, Consumer Brand

Contact: [email protected]

Name: Sarah Hall

Title / position: President of CIPR, Founder of #FuturePRoof and MD Sarah Hall Consulting Ltd

Location: North East / London

Biography:  Sarah Hall is a pioneer of best practice in the PR industry and has a reputation as a diversity and inclusivity champion. A strong advocate of accountable leadership and women in business, Sarah believes in helping young talent break through

Topics of expertise: Industry trends; women in business (including diversity and inclusivity); organisational purpose; agencies of the future; social mobility

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Bibi Hilton

Title / position: Managing Director, Golin and President of Women in PR

Location: London

Biography: Under her tenure as managing director of award-winning PR and digital agency, Golin, Bibi has championed flexible working, returnships and progressive parental policies and is proud Golin is the only large agency with a reverse gender pay gap in favour of women. She has been included on Management Today’s Power Part-Time List and named one of the most influential women in PR by PR Week.

Topics of expertise: gender pay gap; flexible working; returnships; parent-friendly workplaces; integrated communications

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Laurian Hubbard

Title / position: Head of Brexit Communications for Wales

Location: Cardiff

Biography: A Chartered PR professional & senior communications leader. Experience working in private & public sector organisations. Highly skilled in communication, marketing & PR disciplines & mentor to others. Extremely passionate about the value of CPD.

Topics of expertise: CPD, Change Communications, strategy, crisis Comms and Brexit

Contact:

[email protected] or 07989186103

Name: Emily Keogh

Title / position: Founder

Location: London

Biography:  Emily started life in international agencies, working on global accounts for big brands. She set up Palm in 2010 with a clear objective: to create an agile, dynamic agency that specialised in the food and drink sector, working with disruptor brands.

Topics of expertise: Food, Drink, Disruptors, Start Ups, Hospitality

Contact:

[email protected] 

Name: Ruth Kieran

Title / position:  Managing Director

Location: London

Biography:  With over 20+ years of consumer and corporate reputation experience, Ruth was Managing Partner at Kindred and Deputy MD of Lexis. A passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion she sits on the MAAG’s Advisory Board and chairs its diversity group.

Topics of expertise: Diversity, talent retention, employee engagement, women in business

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Amanda Kamin

Title / position: Director Marketing, Communications and Events

Location: London

Biography: Leads Digital Catapult’s marketing, communications and events department having previously been part of VisionFund International’s Senior Executive Team, supporting World Vision’s microfinance arm across 30 markets.

Topics of expertise: Crisis communication, corporate reputation, international networks, flexible working, financial inclusion

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Gabriela Lungu

Title / position: Founder WINGS Creative Leadership Lab

Location: Europe

Biography: Awarded creative leader & entrepreneur, with 20+ years of integrated experience in the MarCom sector, in different countries & cultures. I now use my expertise to help companies elevate their creativity through training, workshops, public speaking.

Topics of expertise: Creativity, Creative Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Integrated Communications, Storytelling.

Contact:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielalungutp

Name: Ronke Lawal

Title / position: Founder

Location: London

Biography: Ronke Lawal is the founder of Ariatu PR, a boutique PR consultancy which represents a variety of clients in the lifestyle & beauty, food and luxury goods sectors.

Topics of expertise: Media Relations, Crisis, Personal Branding, Digital PR, Global strategy

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Ali Marsland

Title / position: Founder/Director, The Effective English Company

Location: Nottingham, UK

Biography: Ali has 19 years’ experience including 15 in the public sector. She founded The Effective English Company to give communications leads extra capacity for writing, editing and proofreading. The team works remotely with organisations nationwide.

Topics of expertise: Clear and accurate communication; working remotely; running a remote business; freelancing

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Claire Mason

Title / position: CEO and Founder

Location: London (also Brighton) 

Biography: Claire is the Founder and CEO of Man Bites Dog, the strategic ideas company. With more than twenty years’ experience leading global strategic marketing programmes, Claire is an expert in global business branding, thought leadership and marketing communications. Man Bites Dog has won more than 60 consultancy and campaign awards and Claire was recently named Female Marketing Leader of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Topics of expertise: Thought leadership, B2B marketing communications, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Diversity (including The Gender Say Gap)

Contact:

[email protected]

linkedin.com/in/clairemasonpr

@womanbitesdog

Name: Emily Morgan

Title / position: MD Consumer, Red Consultancy

Location: London

Biography: In a communications career spanning 20 years Emily has worked in most sectors – consumer, healthcare, public & third sector. She thrives on creating wildly ambitious campaigns and convincing clients to follow her artistic vision.

Topics of expertise: PR & Communications, Brands, Work Life Balance, authentic leadership

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Lesley McLeod

Title / position: Chief executive

Location: Edinburgh/ London

Biography: Lesley McLeod is a talented and experienced communication expert now fronting a national membership association having made the leap from board-level PR/ PA to head honcho. Lesley is currently the chief executive of the Association for Project Safety

Topics of expertise: Crisis and reputation; media relations; change management; finance; government

Contact:

LinkedIn.com/in/lesleymcleodpr

Name: Carmel O’Toole

Title / position: Senior Lecturer, Course Leader in Public Realtions

Location: Sheffield Hallam University

Biography: After 25 years working in journalism and PR, I now teach students at Sheffield Hallam University. I cover content from crisis management, media relations, corporate and social. My first book re local media, PR and democracy is published early 2019

Topics of expertise: Crisis communications, public sector PR, media and community relations, CSR

Contact:

c.o’[email protected]

Name: Cheryl Overton

Title / position: President

Location: New York

Biography: Cheryl Overton is a creative instigator with a passion for brands, an instinct for insights, a commitment to inclusivity and a knack for integrating digital solutions that leverage culture to drive awareness and fandom.

Topics of expertise:  Creativity. Personal Brand. Multicultural Marketing. Brands. Diversity & Inclusion.

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Sneha Patel

Title / position: Senior Advisor for External and International Affairs – Mayor of London’s office.

Location: London

Biography: Sneha is the Senior Advisor for External and International Affairs in the Mayor of London’s office. She has over 8 years of experience in communications. Her prior experience includes working for a senior Labour MP, on the 2012 US elections, and in central government press offices, where most recently she was the Head of Tax Communications at the HM Treasury.

Topics of expertise: Crisis communications; Communications in central and local government; Integrated campaigning; Political communications; Diversity and inclusion

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Sarah Pinch

Title / position: MD

Location: Mainly on a train

Biography: Sarah’ s worked in corporate communications for nearly two decades, previously working for the BBC. She’s a CIPR Past President, Chair of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, NED for the HSE and MD of Pinch Point Communications
@ms_organised

Topics of expertise: Reputation Management; Issues and Crisis Management; Diversity; Gender Pay Gap and Women in Business

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Christine Quigley

Title / position: Associate Director and Head of Transport, Newington Communications

Location: London

Biography: Christine advises clients in the transport and infrastructure sectors on public affairs strategy and campaigns. Previously she led public affairs at Rail Delivery Group and was a Labour adviser. She is chair of the CIPR’s public affairs committee.

Topics of expertise: Public affairs; strategic communications; transport policy; political communications.

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Amanda Powell-Smith

Title / position: Chief Executive, Forster Communications

Location: London

Biography: Working at the forefront of the sustainability movement for over 20 years helping progressive organisations from all sectors to successfully combine commercial, sustainability and social change agendas and tackle complex communications challenges.

Topics of expertise: Sustainability communications, combining commercial and social agendas, cross sector partnerships and the Sustainable Development Goals

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Nicola Regazzoni

Title / position: Co-Founder, PR Network  

Location: London

Biography: Nicola has worked in PR for 20+ years for b2b, corporate and b2c clients. She was an associate director at Citigate for five years before joining Brands2Life and Bite. Nicola set up The PR Network with George Blizzard in 2005 after working as a freelancer and together they have built a successful international PR agency. Nicola also sits on the UK Women in PR Committee where she co-runs the WIPR / PR Week mentoring scheme, and the PRCA UK PR Council.

Topics of expertise: Flexible Working; New Agency Models; Female Entrepreneurship; Work And Wellbeing; Growing A Business

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Sarah Samee

Title / position: Head of Communications, Cifas

Location: London

Biography: Over 18 years’ strategic communications experience across public and private sector, in-house and consultancy; internal, external, stakeholder engagement and crisis communications. In my current role at Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service I oversee marketing, brand, PR, events, public affairs, digital and member engagement.

Topics of expertise: Integrated campaigns; stakeholder engagement; public sector communications; young people; mental health at work

Contact:

[email protected]

@sarahsamee

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sarah-samee-59187129

Name: Abbie Sampson

Title / position: Director of External Affairs, Energy UK

Location: London

Biography: A strategic communications, corporate reputation and public affairs specialist with extensive experience in the private, public and charitable sectors including at the highest level of government. Abbie has spoken at conferences and been on panels on a diverse range of topics from strategic communications to electric vehicles; consumer campaigns to analysing the general election results.

Topics of expertise: Public affairs; corporate reputation; crisis management; strategic communications; consumer and energy PR

Contact:

@abbie_sampson

https://www.linkedin.com/in/abbie-sampson

Name: Jo Simmons

Title / position: Head of UK Press Office

Location: London, Kings Cross

Biography: Jo has worked in external relations for 10+ years, spanning PR and CR&S campaigns through to issues management and managing a press office. After starting her career in an agency, Jo has worked in various in-house roles for leading brand names.

Topics of expertise: PR campaigns, issues management / brand reputation, stakeholder management, budget management

Contact:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephine-simmons

Name: Laura Sutherland

Title / position: Founder and Director

Location: Glasgow

Biography: Laura Sutherland is a Chartered PR practitioner and was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). She is also a member of the PRCA.

She runs PR and communication consultancy, Aura, based in Glasgow, and works across the UK and internationally. With over 18 years’ experience in integrated public relations and communication, Laura is a former Board Director of the CIPR and currently sits on its Council and Chairs the Fellows’ Forum.

Now in its fourth year, Laura founded and organises the world’s only festival dedicated to professional development and the modernisation of public relations, PRFest. A hugely passionate and collaborative practitioner, well networked and someone who gets the job done!

Topics of expertise: Public  Building communities, crisis communication, team structures, adopting the PESO model, professional development

Contact:

[email protected]

Name: Emma Thwaites

Title / position: Founder/CEO

Location: London

Biography: Emma has nearly 30 years’ experience. She worked at the heart of Whitehall, leading the strategic comms team at Cabinet Office and was previously a BBC journalist. Emma set up her company in 2012 where specialisms include emerging technology and data

Topics of expertise: AI, data and tech in PR and PR/comms for AI, data and tech. Starting a business in your 40s, being a woman CEO/founder, politics/public affairs

Contact:

[email protected] 

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