The Internal Communications Retreat

28-29 March 2019

London, UK

The IC Retreat - PROGRAMME


  • This session will look at the big strategic themes facing us as communicators and enable us to explore some of the priorities that we will need to address in the coming years.  Retreatants will discuss the issues which really matter from the perspective of a communicator and develop an understanding of where we can add value to how our organisations respond.
  • Led by an expert in mindfulness, we will look at how mindfulness practice can help managers be more effective and be more supportive and compassionate leaders.  This short introduction to the topic will include a few moments of practice which should be good introduction to the beginner and a welcome refresher for the more experienced practitioner.
  • Coffee and conversation will be available for those who want it – or you are welcome to slip away for a few minutes to reflect on the day so far
  • Jemima Bradbury-Wade, Head of Culture & Engagement Communications – ESSA, PepsiCowill start with a case study exploring how the global beverage and snacks giant has started to address unconscious bias; Jemima alongside other leading IC Leaders  will lead us into a discussion about the role of communicators in shaping the equality and diversity agenda within their organisation.  Retreatants will develop their own thoughts about their role and how their function adds value in their organisation
  • UAL’s sustainability team, will set us thinking about the range of issues that organisations will need to think about in future and we will be supported by a brief insight into how a communicator in a leading organisation contributes.  We will spend time exploring our own experiences and sharing good practice.
  • Lunch and Reflection time for retreatants
  • On returning from lunch we will have time for a short energiser with to prepare you for the afternoon.
  • Author and commentator Chloe Combi will talk us through some of the insights in her book Gen Z before we hear from a panel of leading communicators who are working to reflect the needs of multiple generations in their workplaces.

Panel TBA

  • We will discuss the changing skill set of internal communicators and ask what development do we need to be ready for the next stage of our careers.  Delegates will hear from a series of informed voices including a recruiter, a trainer and a leader of one of the largest IC functions in the world


Phil Askham, Global Head of Employee Communications at HSBC

  • Led by our facilitator we will attempt to draw up our own agenda for next steps.  We will look ahead and think about we can drive success
  • Closing remarks