Debbie Aurelius
Committee member

Debbie is the Director of communications consultancy, Peppermint Fish. She works with leaders and internal communications professionals to help them develop effective solutions that inspire two-way dialogue.

From her 20 years’ experience, working in a range of organisations, Debbie understands how important an open and collaborative culture is in creating the type of engagement and alignment that results in excellent customer service, change and business growth.

Debbie has worked alongside the most senior leaders of large financial services organisations, supporting them with the development of their communications and engagement approaches and enabling them to establish credible and responsive leadership voices. She has built and executed communications strategies for large-scale global transformation projects and designed and led innovative learning programmes that delivered cultural change.

Debbie is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Inside committee. In addition to her Diploma in Internal Communication, Debbie has obtained a number of qualifications in learning design, coaching and online education.

Rich Baker
Communications manager
Jaguar Land Rover

Rich Baker is a qualified, strategic and results-oriented senior communications manager and employee experience expert. He works with organisations to drive world-class performance through the implementation of strategic, measureable, effective communications and engagement interventions.

He has over 25 years’ leadership experience, managing large and small teams in global brands and household names that include Virgin Trains, Carlsberg, HS2, the National Grid and is currently Communications Manager at Jaguar Land Rover.
Passionate about helping communications professionals succeed, Rich is also a pro-bono board director for the Institute of Internal Communication, a respected coach and mentor to practitioners and director of employee experience consultancy Hiyu

Mark Bunker
Head of Internal Communications
Aldermore Bank

Mark is a senior communications professional with a strong track record of success. He trained as a History teacher, taking a career change into the world of corporate communications over 20 years ago. He has worked for a number of large, international organisations including Lloyds Banking Group, Burger King and Home Retail Group. He was, until 2016, Communications Director at Rexam plc where he led communications for that business through a complex M&A. Since then he has focused on his enduring passion for great employee communications and is currently Co-Lead Corporate Affairs & Head of Internal Communications at Aldermore Bank.

Tanya Burak
Director, Internal Communications

Tanya is responsible for the global internal communication function at Savills, including the global intranet. Savills internal communication strategy is to ensure all the firm's professionals have the information they need to best advise their clients, provide a collaborative environment for them to share their expertise and experience, and to contribute to the overall career and personal success of all Savills employees.

Roland Burton
Senior employee communications manager

Roland has 15 years' experience in some of the UK’s most iconic businesses; going from Sainsbury’s, to M&S, via BT. In each, he’s tried to provide the glue between the strategy of the business and the colleagues at the front line of delivering it – walking in their shoes as a daily reality check.

He believes passionately in the power of words and stories; every day they shape how we view the world around us. Having built his skills in strategic and change communication, campaigns, storytelling, and channel development, he leads and coach others to consistently produce high-quality content, delivering energetic and engaging two-way communication which drives understanding, engagement and pride.

Zoe Chiverton
Head of Internal Communications
Great Ormond Street Hospital

Having worked for several international companies across diverse sectors, Zoe now leads internal communications at a large NHS hospital. Making IC ‘best in class’ and ensuring strategic alignment is high on her agenda. In her previous role, she established an IC function from scratch to support 20,000 colleagues across 450 sites. This led to her being highly commended as ‘Internal Communicator of the Year’ in 2016, hailed as an ‘inspiration to others’. With a CIPR Diploma in Internal Communications, she is looking forward to judging the awards to unearth the creative solutions and best practices that are driving the IC of the future.

Asif Choudry
Sales and marketing director

Asif is a multichannel communicator working with marketing and comms teams to deliver innovative comms campaigns that get results. He is the founder of #CommsHero the award winning conference that is a celebration of the heroics comms people perform every day.
Asif's approach communicating to build profile, relationships and share best practice is impressive. He has remained true to the golden rule of communications - knowing his audience and sticking to a personalised approach- and allowed his personality shine through at the same time. Asif's approach has got people talking (and tweeting) too!

Chloe Cooper
Head of Internal Communications (Europe, the Middle East and Africa)

Natalie Deacon
Executive Director, Global Communications

Natalie has worked in communications for 20 years, and has experience across consumer PR, corporate affairs and internal communications and engagement. At Avon she is instrumental in developing and executing Avon’s global communications strategy, working with Avon’s senior leaders, and leading a network of communications professionals across more than 50 countries. She leads programmes to engage a broad stakeholder mix in Avon’s brand and corporate story. In her current role she has overhauled Avon’s digital channels, creating a new digital ecosystem strategy to drive content and engagement, and influence stakeholder perception. Prior to joining Avon, Natalie spent eight years with Citigate Dewe Rogerson working with a range of clients on both corporate and consumer briefs, managing communications programmes across multiple sectors and countries.

Helen Deverell
Vice Chair

Helen Deverell is an independent internal communications practitioner and the Vice Chair of CIPR Inside. Helen helps organisations listen to their employees and understand how they can improve their internal communications. She specialises in strategy, content creation, internal communication audits, and writing skills training. Helen blogs about the profession, regularly judges awards and has spoken at events, and on webinars, on the topic of internal communication.

Will Foy
Senior Internal Communications Partner
Imperial Tobacco

Will’s been in internal comms for nearly 20 years, spanning many sectors including defence, FMCG, healthcare, logistics and waste management.

Throughout this varied spectrum he’s worked with many ‘hats’ building and leading IC teams, implementing digital, print and face-to-face channels, dabbling in strategy development, change and project management, culture, social media and everything in between!

In his current role as Global IC Partner at Imperial Brands, he’s able draw upon his various experiences to tackle what can be a very challenging and quickly evolving sector.

Iggy Harris
Head of Internal Communications

With IC and Engagement experience within rapid-growth, start-up culture ASOS through to the heavily regulated business environment that is Camelot (The National Lottery), Iggy is passionate about two-way and relevant comms which meets every employee where they’re at, every time.

Experienced in internal comms strategy and execution, employee engagement and change communication, she’s a strong believer that a positive employee experience will ultimately fuel performance which benefits the business strategy AND the employee… and it all starts with comms!

Lucy Henry
Head of Internal Communications
Avanti Communications

Lucy Henry is the Head of Internal Communications at Avanti Communications plc (Avanti) in London. Joining the global satellite operator in 2018, she was tasked with building a new IC function, in addition to overseeing Corporate Social Responsibility.

In 2014, Lucy relocated to New York City. As the Manager of International Communications for Discovery, she worked across corporate and consumer communications for the division, and was responsible for events, talent management and program publicity for the international portfolio of brands including HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel.

Before moving, Lucy was a publicist for the UK’s fastest growing commercial network – UKTV. Prior to UKTV she held positions at Condé Nast, working across the digital properties including Vogue, GQ and Glamour, and at independent production company Tiger Aspect developing publicity campaigns for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

Sian Jones
Head of Internal Communications
Bank of England

Sian has been Head of Internal Communications at the Bank of England for over three years. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of internal and external communications roles in central Government and the voluntary sector. This included stints as Deputy Director for Internal Communications at the Department of Work and Pensions and as a senior communications adviser at the now defunct Teacher Training Agency.  She juggles full time work with her role as an adult bench magistrate in East London.

Jenni Kampf
Committee member

Jenni is Senior Internal Communications Officer with Cardiff University. With 15 years’ experience in communications roles, Jenni is passionate about improving employee experience through increased engagement and targeted and consistent communications. She completed the CIPR Internal Communications diploma in 2015. Jenni has been a member of the CIPR Inside committee since 2018, and is currently committee secretary.

Midge McCall
Group Internal Communications and Engagement Manager
ODEON Cinemas Group

Midge joined ODEON Cinemas Group in 2015, creating an internal comms framework from scratch. She has developed and led a range of colleague comms, including for the company’s sale, 15 country integration programme, and major HR engagement initiatives.

She’s a passionate believer in values-based culture as key to making a positive difference for people, communities and the planet. Midge has delivered creative comms across sectors in Australia and the UK: including HarperCollins Publishers, Office of Film & Literature Classification, Transport for London (for London 2012) and ASOS. A few of her favourite things: theatre, reading, and the occasional workplace bake off.


Rachel Miller

All Things IC

Rachel Miller is the Director of All Things IC and advises IC pros via training, consultancy and her popular blog. Her clients include ARM, BBC, LEGO, NHS, Jamie Oliver Group, HSE, The Guardian, O2, Royal Mail and the Zoological Society of London.

She’s a highly experienced and multiple award-winning practitioner who has trained hundreds of Comms pros via her monthly and bespoke Masterclasses. Communicators say working with her increases their knowledge and boosts their confidence.

Rachel is a Chartered PR professional and Fellow of both the Institute of Internal Communication and CIPR.

She’s a regular keynote speaker whose thoughts have been featured in a number of best-selling PR books.

Steven Murgatroyd
Internal Communications Manager

Steven has been part of the Internal Communication world for the last 10 years. Starting at Asda, he spread his wings to KCOM Group, Transport for London, River Island and finally AXA (with a few stops at agencies along the way). Steven enjoys challenging the status quo and asking the difficult questions. A digital specialist with a focus on culture, Steven can be found on twitter using the handle @steve_murg.

Chris Newstead
Head of Internal Communications
Wellcome Trust

Chris has worked in and around communications in the UK for over 20 years with time spent at BT and creative agencies, and in TV production and community regeneration. For the last 12 years he’s worked at the Wellcome Trust most recently as head of internal communications. He’s a chartered PR practitioner, an active member of the communications group of the European Foundations Centre, a trustee of the Music of Life Foundation and a fellow of the Forward Institute, which focusses on responsible leadership across UK business & government.

Emma Parker
Head of Internal Communications
Herbert Smith Freehills

Emma has many years' experience in the communications industry, most recently as global Head of Internal Communications for leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. She began her career in a small PR agency, working on accounts for Yellow Pages, the DSS, BT and Capita Group. Several publications she ran in those pre-intranet days won awards from what was known as the British Association of Industrial Editors – a name that shows how internal comms have changed! This was followed by a move to the London Stock Exchange, where Emma launched the organisation's first internet site. Corporate and internal comms roles with Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance saw her presiding over internal comms for its pioneering three-way international merger in 2000.

Advita Patel
Committee member
CIPR Inside

Advita has worked within internal communications for the past 14 years in various industries including Healthcare, Education and Transport. In late 2017 she took the decision to leave permanent employment to head up comms on a project within the nuclear industry and to start work on her own consultancy, CommsRebel. Advita has a wealth of experience within the IC sector and specialises in areas such as Employee Engagement, Change and Transformational comms, particularly in large organisations with a remote workforce.

Advita is the Chair for the CIPR Inside committee and she was also named on the Northern Power Future List for her contribution to the work she has done within communications in 2018. She’s passionate about helping people and organisations be the best they possibly can be and as a trained coach/mentor she often mentors people who need some support in their career. She regularly shares her insights, thoughts and musings on her blog www.commsrebel.com or you can catch her on Twitter @advita_p.

Simon Rutter
Interim Director of Internal Communications

Simon is an experienced HR, employer brand, change communications and employee experience specialist, accredited coach, facilitator, trainer and mentor, and award-winning editor and writer. He has designed and delivered employer brand and change communications strategies in large, global FTSE 100 organisations across a range of industries to improve business performance. He coaches and counsels senior leaders on how to build compelling employer brands and communicate them strategically and effectively to achieve business objectives. Simon creates and works collaboratively with global networks of HR and communications professionals to ensure a holistic, integrated and aligned approach to employer brand building and activation.

Jennifer Thomas
Head of Internal Communications and Experience
Direct Line Group

Jennifer has risen quickly to the top as a corporate communicator, having been talent-spotted for rapid promotion at every company she has worked for. Currently, Jennifer is transforming the profile and reputation of Direct Line Group (DLG), now as Head of Internal Communications, Experience & Sustainability and previously as its Head of Financial Communications. Jennifer is part of the Group’s Strategic Leadership Team, responsible for developing the Group’s internal communications strategy, including employee engagement, the incorporation of the employee value proposition and corporate brand as well developing and executing a new corporate social responsibility strategy. Jennifer was involved in the IPO of RBS orchestrated by DLG and the biggest stock market listing of 2012. Jennifer had a former career as a UK Championships 400m runner and hurdler for England.

Lee Thompson
Head of Internal Communications

Lee Thompson is Head of International Communications & Strategic Partnerships at CNBC International, the world’s number one business and financial news network.

Lee joined CNBC International as in 2015 and leads a team responsible for all PR and marketing activities across EMEA and APAC, including media relations, consumer marketing and strategic partnerships.

Before joining CNBC, Lee worked at freuds, the UK’s leading strategic marketing and communications consultancy where he worked with a leading brands including PepsiCo, Vodafone and Lexus.


Peter Timberlake
Head of communications
Financial Reporting Council

Peter has been Head of Communications at The Financial Reporting Council, the UK’s regulator of accountants, auditors and actuaries, since 2013. He manages engagement with internal and external stakeholders in the UK and globally. Peter has over 30 years’ experience of delivering communications in the financial services sector working with pensions, investment and insurance providers. Prior to joining the FRC Peter was Head of Public Relations at Friends Life for four years and Head of Media Relations for Standard Life for three years before that. His early career was spent managing communications at Legal & General.

Claire Wilson
Content strategy director

Claire is a communications professional with 18 years’ experience. As Content Strategy Director at Stratton Craig, she works with a range of clients to optimise their content marketing and communications strategies. Prior to joining Stratton Craig, Claire was Head of Communications for investment manager AMP Capital in Sydney. In this role she led the investment communications, content marketing and internal communications teams. Over her career she has also held marketing and communication roles at Macquarie Bank, Rothschild Australia Asset Management and Warner Bros Consumer Products.


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