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BOC is delighted to announce that the 1st Annual Internal Communications Conference, took place on 25th – 26th February 2013, in London.
The two- day truly interactive and engaging exchange offered plenty of equal opportunities to speakers, as well as delegates to actively join the sessions and share their invaluable insights and expertise, facilitating true peer-level networking for all participants.
Attendees, without an exception were enthusiastic about the content and the overall quality of the conference.
Amongst the top voted topics (according to participants’ feedbacks) were:
○ The Role of Line Manager in Internal Communications
○ Multicultural IC and Employer Branding
○ A Place at the Table: From Channel Management to Strategic Partnership
○ Stronger Employee Connections= Better Employee Engagement
○ IC for a Digital Age
○ Optimising Social Channels
○ Power of Informal Networks
The Conference has been hugely praised for a great diversity and cultural mix, having attracted IC professional from around the Europe, Middle East, Northern Africa, Russia and UK.
Sponsoring or exhibiting at the ‘IC Conference’ will enhance your organization’s presence and enable you to maximise your profile with the right audience.
Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are limited! To discuss specific packages that could suit your individual requirements, please contact: Email: IC_Conference@boc-uk.com Phone: +44 (0) 207 112 4846
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Emma Berry is a strategic Internal Communications professional with 12 years in-house corporate Internal Communications experience across three major corporations - Marks & Spencer Plc, The Body Shop Plc and Pfizer Plc.
She joined U.S. pharmaceutical Pfizer in 2009 as Head of UK Internal Communications and is now the Director of Internal Communications for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Emma is currently responsible for providing strategic counsel and guidance for Internal Communications across Europe, Africa and the Middle East working closely with Global and in-country communications colleagues as well as Regional Leaders. Her specialist skills include change management, channels management, presenter coaching, business writing and strategic communication planning.
A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Drew started his career in brand communications before moving increasingly into employee communications and then engagement. He has worked for medium, large and very large organisations in sectors as diverse as defence, energy, retail and government. Assignments based in the Middle and Far East, USA and Europe have given Drew insights to modes and norms of communication in different cultures. He is currently Head of Internal Communications &amp;amp; Engagement for Virgin Trains, where he is responsible for leadership communication and communications-enabled organisational change.
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>
In a long career both as a consultant and in house senior exec, Tom Crawford has gained diverse and rich experience, in HR and specifically Internal Comms and Engagement. He also has a strong passion for the subject of brand and its relationship with employees. He has spent many years helping employees believe in their organisation and do their best for its brand. He was worked all over the world with leading brands including Deloitte, British Airways, Eon, GSK, Nokia and others.
Tom set up The Brain Miner as he believes that everyone has fantastic ideas buried within them – they just need some help finding them, extracting them and then polishing them into shiny diamonds. He is working with a number of well known global brands, helping them drive employee engagement with their brand.
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 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 is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Her main areas of expertise are in employee communications strategy and execution, strengthening employee engagement through effective communication practices and linking communication and engagement to business outcomes. Other areas of expertise cover change communication; global employee surveys; metrics and business performance scorecards; global, multi-cultural communications; internalisation of brand campaigns or company rebranding; communications skills training for managers; communications skills training for communicators. Her experience also includes corporate communications, product and corporate public relations.
<em>Katharina will be speaking at the Cutting Edge Marketing & PR Conference 2016: 'External vs internal? Creating an integrated approach reflecting today's reality'.</em>
<em>There are no demarcation lines between internal & external audiences, which we need to reflect in our communications planning and approaches. Katharina Auer will look at (re)-integrating communications, and lead a discussion on the topic</em>
Lucy Adams, MD of Communications and Engagement Agency Firehouse and the Founder of Disruptive HR, shares her experiences of having led HR and Internal Communications at the BBC and other major corporations – the good, the bad and the ugly! Since leaving the BBC Lucy has been working with major organisations to help them re-think their approach to leading change, employee engagement, HR and Internal Comms, and is a popular keynote speaker and blogger on these topics.
<em>She will be hosting the <strong>Best Practice Session: 'Managing Change & Innovative Practices' </em></strong>
Howard Krais is an experienced change communications and employee engagement leader. He recently started a new role at GSK where he is responsible for Executive Communications.
Howard has wide experience both in consultancy and senior in house roles with his previous role at EY where he led a large global change communications team responsible for providing support to a range of functions and global projects. In his spare time Howard is the Chairman of Wealdstone FC, a semi-professional football club who play at the sixth level of English football.
Liz came late to the formal profession of communications, but she has been bringing communications strategy to her career since her very first role as a scientific editor, helping researchers prepare their papers for publication. Through business development and project roles, she wove strategic communication into every facet of her work and developed a passion for employee engagement. In her current role, Liz and her team help 7000 global employees connect, care and collaborate, through global news and video channels and a growing internal business partnership model that puts them in the thick of strategic planning. Liz is originally from St Louis, Missouri, USA, but after 22 years and endless cups of builders’ tea, she considers herself a Brit who just sounds American.
Ben is Head of Strategic Communications for eBay, leading campaigns and change communications for teams across Europe. His current focus is how businesses can better understand and shape their culture. Prior to eBay, he's worked for BT, Telefonica and he was responsible for global internal communications at Cable&Wireless. Ben is passionate about the use of data to help communications speak the language of the business and he is a member of UK Government's Cabinet Office Communications Evaluation Council.
Tony Cooke was appointed as HR Director, adidas UK in 2001. He has played a key role in the integration with Holland and Belgium, the acquisition of the Reebok business and more latterly the integration of the Nordics to create adidas North Europe.
Prior to adidas UK, Tony spent over 10 years in senior HR roles with William Baird Plc, the clothing manufacturer, including 6 years as Divisional HR Director providing a HR service to businesses in Holland, Ireland and Sweden.
Tony has an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Management Application and has attended a Director’s Development Programme at Insead.
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.
Josep Alcover is founder and chief vitaminizer in Clementina, a communications agency specializing in internal communications based in Barcelona. From Clementina he has vitaminized teams and projects in Ricoh, CaixaBank, Andbank and Hewlett Packard, among others. Josep is the son of a teacher and a journalist and he has studied business administration and management at the ESADE MBA.
See what conference participants had to say about the event
"Excellent topics and speakers, very relevant and insightful content; smoothly run conference"
"It was both a pleasure and fun to participate so thanks for inviting me".
"Good work, Keep it up!"
"It was truly a beautiful experience. I would like to thank all of you for the tremendous work you made!"
"Many thanks for the invite to the conference! I found the information very useful and have taken away many tips and learning"
"Thank you for a great two days at IC Conference Excellent, speakers who generously shared their expertise"