15-16 June, 2017
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Prior to that Nick led the interactive services work of the Central Office of Information. There his team delivered hundreds of digital media projects. He joined the Cabinet Office in 2002 to work on digital policy in the Office of the E-Envoy, from which he was seconded to set up the Department of E-Government in Bermuda.
He is a former Jupiter Research analyst who covered consumer online behaviour in the last century. He co-founded New Media Age in 1994. He tweets at @njones.
Outside of work Nick advises the Archbishop of Canterbury on digital matters. He also loves to cycle, paddle, snowboard and ski.
Nick is a creative and analytic communicator who protects and improves the reputation of top brands and leaders – even a prime minister. At Visa and 10 Downing Street he delivered innovative channel content and corporate responsibility strategies. These harness digital to win influence among consumer, business and international audiences. He was ably abetted by Larry the Cat too.
Sarah is the CIPR’s 2017 President-Elect and will become President in its seventieth anniversary year. She was the first North East practitioner to become Chartered, a status that recognizes the highest standard of knowledge, expertise and ethical practice within the PR industry and is a benchmark of professional excellence and integrity.
Founder and editor of #FuturePRoof and a regular speaker at industry events, she is policy director for the PRCA and ICCO. Her other voluntary commitments include acting as a Trustee for the Sunshine Fund.
When she’s not at work you’ll find her busy being Mum to two small boys and walking her cocker spaniel Madge. You can also catch her being rather noisy on Twitter via @Hallmeister.
Social affairs having been Bridget’s passion, she made a considered move to Greater Manchester Police’s press office in 2008. There she led communications plans for high-profile murders, international manhunts and for operations to disrupt and capture organised crime gangs. She was part of the GMP 24 event, one of the first public sector tweetathons that gave an insight into every incident the force responded to during a 24-hour period in 2010, and she made a significant contribution to the response to 2011 riots.
Bridget took up a senior post with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in 2011 and helped embed a new communications function, where the team rapidly transformed the way in which the service engaged with staff and its communities, and resulted in a number of award wins. Bridget supported the service in dealing the tragic death of colleague Firefighter Stephen Hunt, who lost his life tackling a fire in July 2013.
Seizing the opportunity to work as Head of Communications and Administration at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service in October 2013, Bridget quickly delivered a number of essential changes to move communications from a tactical to a more strategic function. She also took on a national role on the fire communicators’ network, FirePRO, committee and acted as chair of the group in 2015. Her work there was recognised at the 2015 CIPR Excellence Awards and she was awarded the title of CIPR & IoD PR Director of the Year from a strong all-female shortlist.
Bridget returned to Greater Manchester in January 2016 to head up communications for Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which has led the way with English devolution agreements and is preparing for the first election of a metropolitan mayor. In October 2016, she joined innovation and improvement science centre Haelo as Director of Communications.
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.
Her experience also includes working with an international development agency, a regional children’s charity and FirstGroup plc, the transport provider.
She is Managing Director of Pinch Point Communications, the Immediate Past President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Non-Executive Director of the Health and Safety Executive.
Laura is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Chartered PR practitioner, with 15 years’ experience in integrated public relations, communications and marketing.
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 leading a project to activate and empower the 400+ CIPR volunteer community.
You can find Laura’s PR blogs here and her personal blog here. She’s @laurafromaura on Twitter and Instagram and always happy to connect on LinkedIn.
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 murder of two police officers, 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.
Apart from her active and involved business interests, her varied passions outside the business world include food (Founder of Food Blog www.whosfordinner.co.uk), travel, music, literature and most importantly living a life she loves.
Ariatu PR specialises in Luxury PR with a particularly focus on entrepreneurs from the African Caribbean Diaspora, with clients in industries including the entertainment, fashion, lifestyle & beauty, food and luxury goods sectors.