INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS AND THE DIGITAL WORKPLACE
Enterprise account executive
Since receiving his MBA in 2014, Tom’s career has been guided by technology’s ability to maximise human performance. Over several years, Tom has worked with a diverse portfolio of organisations, ranging across elite sport, military services and the Fortune 500. Currently an Enterprise Account Executive at Panopto, Tom helps organisations see value in providing engagement-focused strategies and SaaS applications, to maximise human performance across Learning & Development, Corporate Communications and Sales & Marketing initiatives.
Head of communications
Helen has over 13 years of internal and external communications expertise, working across a number of private sector industries including fashion and recycling. Previously Head of Communications at international waste management company, Renewi plc Helen is now Head of Communications at Biffa plc, leading internal communications and investor relations. Outside of the workplace, Helen holds an MA in Internal Communications Management from Kingston University.
Internal communications manager
Brian Ranson is the Internal Communications Manager at Virgin Media, specifically focussing on creating and delivering the IC strategy for Virgin Media Business.
Prior to Virgin Media, Brian graduated with a degree in Interactive Media Production and has worked across multiple sectors such as Automotive, Insurance and Telecommunications. He brings his knowledge of interactivity, engagement and love for the Virgin brand to Internal Communications to create incredible stories for his employees and customers.
Brian has worked for Virgin Media for 5 years and in that time secured awards such as ‘Virgin Star of the Year’ and most recently Best Internal Communications team of 2020 at the IC Brilliance awards.
Jennifer Thomas has risen quickly to the top as a dynamic communicator, having been talent-spotted for rapid promotion at every company she has worked for. Jennifer’s former career as a championship 400m runner and hurdler for England was early evidence of her drive and determination. She was on the Board of Trustees of Working Families, one of the UK’s leading work-life balance charities and she was formally Chair of Governors for a primary school.
She has recently joined GSK, focused on using a communications strategic lens to review and support their inclusion and diversity agenda, alongside a number of other special projects. Prior to that, Jennifer was transforming the profile and reputation of Direct Line Group, as Director of Internal Communications, Experience & Sustainability and previously as its Director of Financial Communications. As part of the Group’s Strategic Leadership Team, she was responsible for developing the Group’s internal communications strategy, including employee engagement as well as developing and executing a new corporate social responsibility strategy. She is also a prominent diversity and inclusion specialist, advocating for diversity and inclusion pan-industry and has been instrumental in introducing and setting D&I strategies within various organisations.