CORPORATE & FINANCIAL CONFERENCE 2021
UK public affairs director
Kayode Akinola is UK Public Affairs Director at NYSE-listed real estate and investment services company JLL. Prior to taking on this role in January 2021, he was communications adviser to JLL’s EMEA CEO, responsible for the strategy and delivery of CEO internal and external communications and engagement. Before joining JLL in 2017, Kayode was Chief Speechwriter to the CEO at HS2 Ltd, and EMEA Communications Lead in the Corporate Services and Real Estate division at Goldman Sachs. He also teaches the Introduction to Speechwriting course for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Head of corporate communications, reputation & campaigns
David leads corporate reputation and campaigns at Sky, Europe’s leading direct-to-consumer media and entertainment company, and he is part of Sky’s COP26 team.
His background is in political campaigns and communications, working as director of strategic communications at Britain Stronger In Europe, and as a political advisor to the Shadow Foreign Secretary. David also ran the campaigns and communications team at the consumers association, Which?, and worked in-house for the NSPCC; the Civil Aviation Authority; and Tim Berners-Lee’s Web Foundation.
Global sustainability, environment & human rights director
David is Global Director Sustainability, Environment & Human Rights for RB, the leading global health and home hygiene company which reaches billions of people around the world.
He is responsible for their work on environmental and social sustainability around the world, working with farmers, communities and manufacturers across an international supply alongside RB’s global supply chain and brand teams. His work stems from a personal goal to develop inclusive growth at scale through the organsiations and partnerships he is part of.
David has a wealth of leadership experience from major global companies, holding senior roles within Diageo, Kraft Foods and Cadbury, and the UK retailers, Waitrose and the Co-operative Group. With these, he led technical, marketing and sustainability functions to deliver growth through stronger sustainable supply chains, product quality, brand equity and shared value.
David chairs the Business Industry Advisory Council’s Development Committee, leading private sector input to the OECD Development Committee and is a member of the Food Ethics Council.
Head of digital
With overall responsibility for the Digital team, Richard helps set the strategic direction for our digital services and technologies. Richard has more than 20 years’ experience in both consumer and corporate communications, having worked both client side at 02 and agency side at Black Sun. His digital experience includes creating highly personalised digital communications for 02 and Barclays, and corporate digital solutions for brands such as Burberry, Inchcape Brands and Inmarsat.
Senior media & communications manager
CBI (Confederation of British Industry)
Bianca is Senior Media & Communications Manager at the CBI, which represents 190,000 businesses across the UK.
She’s responsible for external communications on diversity & inclusion, as well as energy & climate change, Northern Ireland, CBI Economics and the organisation’s high-profile events programme.
Her career spans corporate communications, public affairs and politics. At the Department for Business, Bianca delivered the media strategy for the FTSE350 Women on Boards campaign. She led government relations for the British Fashion Council/London Fashion Week and spent seven years working in Westminster.
Head of corporate communications
Bieneosa Ebite, a seasoned public relations professional, works as Head of Corporate Communications at Centrica, a leading international energy services and solutions provider and owner of British Gas. Her role involves helping to deliver the Group's corporate communications strategy and associated engagement. This includes managing communications around the financial calendar and supporting the Group CEO’s external communications.
Managing director, corporate communications
Jen is Managing Director, Corporate Communications at TheCityUK, with responsibility for setting and overseeing the organisation’s communication strategy and also overseeing HR. She has 20+ years’ communications experience in the UK and Australia in both in-house and consultancy roles, predominantly in financial services, but also for entertainment brands and a range of other sectors. She has strong expertise in creating high-impact communication, stakeholder management and developing and leading high-performing teams.
Client services director
Camilla has a proven track record in delivering award-winning corporate communications solutions. Her focus areas are annual and sustainability reporting, developing integrated reporting strategies and a clear roadmap for clients to achieve their reporting objectives and adopt ever evolving regulatory requirements. She leads a project team that aspires to provide all Instinctif’s clients with value-driven best-in-class advice and bespoke creative thinking. Client experience includes companies spanning sectors from consumer, energy, infrastructure and financial services, both listed and unlisted, in the UK and in global markets.
Digital editor and podcast producer
Bryony MacKenzie is a former BBC News journalist of 14 years where she was a national news correspondent and presenter before joining the energy giant, Shell. As the Editor for Digital Channels she produces and presents the award-winning, ‘The Energy Podcast’ which discusses getting to net-zero with experts from the business, finance and energy sectors based around the globe. Bryony speaks on other podcasts about branded content and continues to mentor young female journalists through organised schemes. She lives with her family in the Kent countryside and has been broadcasting from under her daughter’s tepee throughout lockdown.
Head of purpose EMEA
Over the past 15 years, Mark has worked across brand strategy and sustainability innovation, to help global companies define and deliver their Purpose. Transforming sustainability performance to maximise commercial brand value and social impact.
Through values-driven innovation, he has helped develop brand solutions and campaigns, covering the Circular Economy, Sustainable consumption, Societal Equality and Digital Safety for some of the world’s best-loved brands such as Apple, Nike, Starbucks, O2, Unilever, and IKEA.
Head of CEO communications
Susan McKenzie is Head of CEO Communications at Deloitte, one of the world’s leading professional services firms. She’s responsible for leadership communications both for Deloitte in the UK and across Deloitte North & South Europe, which has over 50,000 professionals across 28 countries. Her role includes writing and planning content as well as advising on brand and reputational issues.Susan was previously responsible for producing Deloitte UK’s award-winning annual Impact Report. She has spent over ten years working in the City in both financial journalism and stockbroking. In her spare time she’s a golf addict!
Director of corporate affairs
London City Airport
Liam McKay originally joined LCY in 2013, and in 2018 became Director of Corporate Affairs. Liam oversees communications, government relations and sustainability for the airport.
Liam has over ten years’ experience in campaigning and communications, and previously was responsible for Transport for London Communications and Engagement in Central London during the 2012 Games. Prior to that he was the London Regional Manager for the BBC’s Switchover Help scheme and worked on the 2011 Census on behalf of the London Mayor and Councils.
He is a member of the Airports Council International Policy Committee as well as a number of other aviation, transport and regeneration bodies.
A native of Edinburgh, Liam has an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh and a post graduate degree from University College London.
Head of corporate reporting
Mark leads PwC’s corporate reporting and governance team here in the UK. He has over 15 years experience in advising many leading organisations on current and best practices in reporting, the effectiveness of their corporate reporting and the implementation of new reporting strategies in order to meet the needs of the capital markets, regulations and wider society. Mark is actively involved in helping to shape the future direction of corporate reporting and oversees PwC’s annual review of the corporate reporting practices in the FTSE 350 and is responsible for the firm’s excellence in reporting in the FTSE 350, Strategic Report, and Governance awards at their annual Building Public Trust Awards.
VP – marketing communications & digital
Rav Punia is VP, Marketing Communications & Digital for Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications. He leads a team of professionals whose remit includes corporate marketing, communications, brand, events, digital and social. Prior to joining Inmarsat Rav has held a number of senior positions, both agency and client side.
Senior corporate communications manager
Surinder is a Senior Corporate Communications Manager at National Grid, leading the media strategy for targeted and integrated campaigns, including National Grid’s responsible business strategy and journey to net zero. This is of particular importance this year as she manages the external communications for National Grid’s involvement at COP26.
She has successfully worked across geographies, regions, industries, and sectors and was mostly recentlyDeputy Head of Communications for ArcelorMittal Europe, leading communications on their decarbonisation efforts. Before that, she spent seven years in the legal sector, including at global law firm Linklaters as Head of Press, where her work spanned finance, regulation, energy and real estate practices across EMEA. Her work led to Surinder leading media relations and communications for the firm during major global conferences including during the World Economic Forum, Davos.
Head of digital
Amy leads Hanover’s Digital team, working across all teams and offices to deliver effective digital solutions and campaigns for Hanover’s clients. Amy has worked in digital communications for nearly 10 years across consumer brands, corporate, healthcare and not-for-profit clients and has worked with many high profile organisations and individuals to build up their digital presence.
Amy specialises in ensuring digital is at the heart of everything Hanover does for its clients, based on in-depth knowledge of brands and businesses operating online. She has experience in delivering high-performing digital strategies, activating both organic and paid campaigns, mobilising communities, creating engaging content and producing detailed measurement reports for a wide range of clients.
Prior to joining Hanover, Amy worked at Weber Shandwick London within the digital team, where she worked on consumer brands as well as high-profile events and crisis accounts.
Director of communications
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Craig Woodhouse is Director of Communications at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. A political journalist for 10 years, most recently as Chief Political Correspondent at The Sun, Craig made the move into government as special adviser at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2016. From there he worked on the 2017 general election campaign, served as the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary in 2017, and advised major corporate clients during a spell at the global PR and public affairs firm Edelman.