PODCOMMS 2020 *RECORDING AVAILABLE*
Director (and Podcaster)
Peppermint Fish (and Be a Bigger Fish)
Debbie Aurelius is a Director of communications consultancy, Peppermint Fish. She works with leaders and internal communications professionals to help them inspire active dialogue with their people.
Debbie is an advocate for podcasting and the use of audio content as part of a rich communications strategy. She is the host and producer of the Be a Bigger Fish podcast, which aims to encourage more communicators to adopt this medium with confidence.
Debbie is a Chartered PR Practitioner, Vice Chair of the CIPR Podcast Editorial Board and Treasurer of the CIPR Inside committee.
ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd
With an MSc in Crop Protection and a BSc in Environmental Studies, Ali Bosher has worked in the crop protection sector for 20+ years.
Ali started out in the industry in sales as an Area Business Manager for Novartis Crop Protection before the company evolved into Syngenta where she progressed through the ranks from Sales into Marketing (Product manager for a variety of different sectors) and further into the world of digital market as Marketing Information Manager. From a local country role, the final 4 years at Syngenta were spend at a North European level, working with a range of countries as portfolio manager.
Ali joined ADAMA UK in November 2014 as Marketing Manager, a position which gave her responsibility for developing marketing, communication and digital campaigns to help maximise the company’s profitability. Within 12 months she was promoted to ADAMA UK’s senior leadership team as the company’s Marketing and Technical Director, a position which sees her working with and managing a small but very impactful team of herbicide, fungicide, molluscicide and pesticide technical and marketing specialists.
When she’s not managing her team of crop protection experts, Ali will either be running her local lanes, sparring with her daughter at their karate dojo or unwinding with an ice-cold gin and tonic.
Founder and Managing Director
Fresh Air Production
Neil is the founder of Fresh Air Production – an audio production company specialising in podcasts for brands and businesses. Named “Production Company of the year” at the UK Audio production Awards, “Best Corporate Storyteller” at the 2020 Corporate Content Awards, they’re leading the field in taking the skills from broadcast radio into the corporate podcast world. Neil was previously a producer with BBC Radio 5Live, and has made documentaries for Radio 4 and Radio 2. He has also written the lyrics for a terrible world cup song and been walked out on by a Bee Gee.
Chief Editor, Digital Channels
Senior Internal Communications Manager
Internal Communications Assistant Manager
Kaylin works in the internal communications team at Deloitte. The team specialise in producing engaging and creative content for Deloitte’s 20,000 people across the UK, helping the firm to share its story through compelling, relatable communications.
She leads on internal communications activity for the firm’s Purpose strategy and has overseen the development of The Green Room podcast since its launch in 2019. The Green Room tackles a different tricky question from the world around us every two weeks. It was developed and produced entirely in-house and has had more than 60,000 downloads to date. Kaylin and the Green Room team took home Silver in last year’s Corporate Content Awards.
Ruth Fitzsimons is the Managing Director of Podfront UK, a joint venture between two of the biggest podcast companies, Stitcher and Wondery. Podfront UK offers brands the opportunity to reach millions of British listeners who subscribe to hit shows like Freakonomics, Business Wars, Oprah, Marc Maron, and NBC.
Senior Manager, Product Strategy and Marketing
Molly Fuard is an expert in digital audio and advertising, specializing in content innovation. As a Senior Manager of Ad Innovation at Pandora, her primary focus is to create podcast and spoken word ad solutions that will meet the needs of digital ad buyers and grow ad revenue for the company as a result. In her eight-year tenure at the company, she has driven partnerships with influential properties, personalities, and brands, including but not limited to Serial & Roots drummer Questlove, to bring podcasts to life in a meaningful way.
Audere’s focus is on producing high-quality, very precisely targeted podcasts for B2B communications. Russell also produces and presents the award winning csuite podcast where he has recorded over 100 episodes, capturing conversations with an incredibly broad range of leaders and thinkers in industry, including Sir Martin Sorrell, Executive Chairman, S4Capital, Sir Ian Cheshire, Chair, Barclays UK and Ian Stuart, CEO, HSBC UK; senior executives from Government Departments such as Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and Department for Work & Pensions; plus a few well-known celebrities too!
Russell's work at Audere includes developing engaging podcasts and audio content for clients including Bupa Global, KMPG UK, SAP UK and Schlumberger. His work with crop protection business Adama Agricultural Solutions won Gold for Best Use of Audio at the 2019 Communicate Corporate Content Awards and KPMG’s Business of Brexit series was shortlisted for the same category this year.
Russell’s favourite personal achievement last year was ending up on a Spotify playlist alongside Jean-Michel Jarre and John Legend, although sadly not for his musical talents! Spotify chose their ten favourite talks from the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and Russell’s talk on ‘The Power of The Spoken Word’ made the list out of over 300 presented across the week.
Head of UK content partnerships
After nearly 20 years in radio, where he launched, managed and produced breakfast shows and radio stations across the UK, Mike moved into the podcast industry.
As Head of UK Content Partnerships Mike informs the wider strategy for Audioboom and works closely with some of the UK's leading podcasts to drive revenue growth and listening.
Executive Producer and Managing Director
Want Some Media and The Podcast Works
Des Paul is the founder of WSM, an established content production business and its new podcast subsidiary, The Podcast Works.
He has spent his career delivering content to audiences, from working as a presenter for Capital FM in London to moving into senior management at Viacom and Ministry of Sound, launching television, radio and online channels.
Des has a simple focus for all the work he produces, which is to create content that works. He is passionate about improving diversity in the media industry and can also be heard across the UK with his weekly radio show.
Dom creates content for KPMG UK. Sometimes that means speechwriting for the leadership, sometimes it means crafting videos for campaigns and sometimes it means creating podcasts. He’s part of a specialist strategic comms team, helping the firm tell its story in the right medium for the right audience.
His background is in TV journalism. Dom was a correspondent and presenter at ITN, where for 8 years, he roamed the UK and beyond, unearthing stories for 5 News. He’s interviewed politicians, business leaders and both the tallest and shortest men in the world (not at the same time).
Community Relations & PR Manager
Nia Singleton is Tata Steel UK’s Community Liaison & PR manager based in Port Talbot, South Wales. She has worked in the steel industry for over 10 years building Tata Steel’s reputation and CSR credentials through a UK-wide ‘Future Generations’ community and social media programme.
Combining the Tata Group’s ethics with needs of steel communities, Nia has championed campaigns supporting STEM education (in particular promotion of girls into STEM industries), homelessness, period poverty and safe and healthy lifestyles.
Nia is also a non-exec director of Thrive Womens Aid in Port Talbot, leading on communications and social media strategy for the charity.
Deputy managing director
Fritzi heads up the global business & industry division at Intelligent Conversation, a boutique independent consultancy. She helps major corporates as well as fast-growing start-ups make nuanced arguments, express scary ideas and explain complex issues. Digitally transforming the energy industry, revolutionising the way we build homes, rethinking how we make things – where change happens fast, she and her team create content that educates, convinces and inspires. It’s the stuff podcasts are made of.