The Internal Communications Retreat

Exclusive Retreat for IC Leaders

28-29 March 2019

London, UK

The Internal Communications Retreat

 The Internal Communications Retreat, time for personal mindful contemplation.

 As a senior communicator it is often difficult to find time to reflect and refresh our practice, Day to day demands can mean that we just don’t have the chance to spend time with our peers and share our challenges and hopes. The Internal Communications Retreat is designed to provide a pause when we can think and regroup. 

The day will be structured around a series of conversations that mix ideas from other practitioners with a chance to explore how our own plans and communications should develop. It should best suit experienced communicators who can benefit from new perspectives on the role and techniques of modern communications. We will begin by asking how we are likely to be affected by trends such as changing workforce demographics, the equalities agenda, sustainability and the continuing development of technology.

The spaces are strictly limited, due to the interactive and intimate format of the event.

Internal Communications Retreat Facilitators

Katharina Auer

Former Head of Internal Communications & Engagement at ABB

Katharina is an internationally recognised business communicator with proven delivery of effective global communication strategies and programmes, and has Lean Sigma qualifications for process and performance improvement.

Previous roles include Head of Internal Communications & Engagement at ABB, Head of Employee & Executive Communications at Zurich Insurance, Head of Internal Communications at Rio Tinto, Head of Global Internal and Management Communications at Shell, Head of Global Internal Communications at AstraZeneca, Corporate Communications Lead at GE Capital EEF and Corporate Communications Manager at Corange/Boehringer Mannheim. Katharina has worked in Nigeria, Hong Kong, the UK, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

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Katharina Auer

Katharina Auer

Former Head of Internal Communications & Engagement at ABB

Paul Osgood

Global Head of Internal Communications at Clifford Chance

Paul was most recently  Global Head of Internal Communications at BG Group where he led BG’s communications for the recent acquisition by Shell. Prior to this, he was Global Head of Internal Communications for Philips based in Amsterdam and was Corporate Communications Director for Colt Group S.A. He was a Partner at Brunswick Group and created and led their Internal Communications Practice. He also led the Communications Practice at Hewitt Associates. Paul has a wide range of international experience in digital communications and led the team which created one of the most successful global enterprise-wide social media platforms. Paul has also created digital innovations in video and leadership communications which won the European Digital Excellence Award and Digital Company of the Year in the Netherlands. His also has experience in restructuring, M&A and post-merger integration, change management and HR communications. Paul’s early career was spent with NatWest Group where he was Speechwriter to the Chairman and Chief Executive and was responsible for developing leadership and employee communications for the RBS/NatWest acquisition process.

<em>Paul will be chairing the IC Camp 2016 as well as present his case on <strong>Digital Communications – Where do we go from here?</em></strong>

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Paul Osgood

Paul Osgood

Global Head of Internal Communications at Clifford Chance

Julia Sloan

Head of Communications & Engagement - EY UK & Ireland

How do you increase engagement with your organisational purpose and strategy?
In December 2012 EY launched their new purpose and Vision 2020 strategy. Just over three years later there is an impressive story to tell. The EY UK and Ireland Communications & Engagement team play a lead role in advising and supporting the UK Chairman and his team to bring the purpose and strategy to life. In recognition of the effectiveness of the successful use of innovative and creative new approaches to supporting leaders to engage with their stakeholders, the team were awarded EY’s prestigious ‘Better begins with you’ overall winner award for innovation in 2015.

Julia is Head of Communications & Engagement for EY UK and Ireland; EY are a global professional services organisation, the fastest growing of the ‘Big Four’ Accountancy firms in the UK and the leading professional services organisation in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies listing.

Julia has over 15 years’ experience leading and delivering successful communication, engagement, brand, marketing, culture and behavioural change programmes in complex private and public sector organisations. Julia is an experienced trainer and facilitator and regularly leads sessions for EY Partners and people across their EMEIA area.

EY recently won a special award for Innovation in engagement practice at the Sunday Times Best Companies awards.

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Julia Sloan

Julia Sloan

Head of Communications & Engagement - EY UK & Ireland

Angela Dunn

Vice President, Executive Communications at SAP Customer Experience

Angela Dunn is an award-winning writer and editor with an international background in public relations, journalism, and corporate communications. For the past ten years she has held various communications roles at SAP AG. During her tenure as editor-in-chief of SAP’s employee magazine, she drove the relaunch of the publication which went on to win numerous international prizes for editorial excellence and layout. Canadian by birth, European by choice, Angela is based in Walldorf, Germany at SAP headquarters. Follow her on Twitter @angeladunn

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Angela Dunn

Angela Dunn

Vice President, Executive Communications at SAP Customer Experience

Deborah Hulme

Director at Minerva Engagement
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Deborah Hulme

Deborah Hulme

Director at Minerva Engagement

Liam FitzPatrick

Principal, Working Communications Strategies and author, Internal Communications, a manual for practitioners

Liam FitzPatrick has 25 years of experience with change, PR and internal communications comes from working in-house and in consultancy.
Liam has worked in civil engineering, energy, manufacturing and transportation as well as telecoms. He was Global Head of Internal Communications at Marconi during its financial restructuring and has worked on change and transformation projects in a wide variety of situations. He is particularly interested in developing teams, research and planning.
He is a council member and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

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Liam FitzPatrick

Liam FitzPatrick

Principal, Working Communications Strategies and author, Internal Communications, a manual for practitioners

Emily Kirwan

Head of IC & Engagement of BBC News
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Emily Kirwan

Emily Kirwan

Head of IC & Engagement of BBC News

Jemima Bradbury-Wade

Head of Culture & Engagement Communications – Europe at SSA PepsiCo

Jemima oversees delivering Sector Culture & Engagement agenda plus HR communications framework, including infrastructure builds e.g. building film and design resource for Business Units.

She is a creative developer of multi-region strategic communications programs with twelve years' experience working both agency side and in-house for global consumer and digital brands, plus FMCG (prior to PepsiCo: Starbucks, Colgate-Palmolive, eHarmony.co.uk, Zoolpa.co.uk), alongside 2 years in national media at Daily Mail Group Trust.

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Jemima Bradbury-Wade

Jemima Bradbury-Wade

Head of Culture & Engagement Communications – Europe at SSA PepsiCo

Annabel Dunstan

Founder & CEO at Question & Retain

With a degree in anthropology, Annabel began her career as a lumberjack’s assistant before becoming a ski guide and then a sailing instructor.  She then joined the marketing team at Gulf Air, promoting the Gulf States as a tourism destination at the time of the first Gulf War.  Annabel then joined Le Fevre Communications and cut her teeth on consumer and corporate clients handling PR campaigns for Anchor Foods, NatWest and BT.  Annabel then became a TV presenter fronting The Biz on Six TV, the first regional TV station interviewing CEOs on the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Oxfordshire. In 2003 Annabel joined 3 Monkeys Communications and appointed MD three years later, overseeing growth of the award-winning top 50 PR consultancy to £7.1m revenues with 75 consultants.  Annabel left the PR jungle launching Question & Retain (Q&R) - the Pulse Check company - in 2012 -  measuring and managing the employee experience, client and membership satisfaction.  Annabel has been a judge for PR Week and PRCA Awards and most recently for the UK Employee Experience Awards 2018.

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Annabel Dunstan

Annabel Dunstan

Founder & CEO at Question & Retain

Chloe Combi

Author and commentator

Chloe Combi is a writer, speaker, consultant and sought out expert on youth issues.

She started her own education charity – ‘Write Club’ in 2011, which aimed to raise the aspirations of young people and attracted such luminaries as Derren Brown, Will Self and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Shortly after she began to write a column for the TES about life as a teacher and what young people were up to when parents weren’t around. This developed into feature writing on youth issues and her pieces quickly gained national and international attention. She was asked extensively to comment on radio and television, was invited to No. 10, quoted in the House of Commons, and worked with the Special Advisor to the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

She has subsequently written for the Times, Guardian, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Vice, Refinery29, Independent, and Spiked.

In 2015, she had her first book, Generation Z: Their Voices, Their Lives published by Penguin, Random House. It garnered wide critical claim and was optioned by Maker Studios, Disney to develop into a drama.

Chloe is also working with Disney Studios on another original concept called the A-Z of Modern Girls.

Press, PZ Cussons, Boots, Sainsbury’s, Fullers, Capita, Google, Sainsbury’s Trust, Heineken, Lynx, Johnson&Johnson, Red Bull, and Lynx.

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Chloe Combi

Chloe Combi

Author and commentator

Viktoria Tegard

Head of Global Internal Communications at GSK
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Viktoria Tegard

Viktoria Tegard

Head of Global Internal Communications at GSK

Approach

  • The day starts with an orientation and a discussion of the issues which we are all facing. Your facilitator will draw out the themes which the group wishes to address during the course of the day and ensure that the retreat is tailored accordingly.
  • The day will include a mix of short presentations and discussion and be supplemented by time for personal mindful contemplation.

Who Should Attend

  • SVP’s, VP’s, Directors and Senior Managers:
  • Internal Communications
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Communications
  • Corporate Communications
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Development
  • Brand Development
  • Quality Management
  • Brand Communications
  • Human Resources

The Internal Communications Retreat is limited to a modest number of participants to ensure greater interactivity and ideal working atmosphere.

If you are looking to enhance your expertise, catch up on latest Trends, n etwork with leading International Communicators and move forward in your career, IC Retreat is the place to be! Join us in London to experience and test some of the great ideas you can implement into your organisations.

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