SPEAKERS

David Boardman

David Boardman
Director of communications and engagement
MyCSP

David is a corporate communications specialist with extensive experience within a variety of industries and sectors from FMCG to Financial Services, Online retailing to Housing, Public and Private sector.

David is Director of Customer Excellence for MyCSP, a pensions company that looks after the retirement benefits of 1.5million people.

Prior to MyCSP, David worked for Circle, the Hyde Group, Shop Direct Group and the Coop. At Shop Direct, he managed the communications of the merger of Littlewoods Home Shopping and Great Universal, and the sale of both the Littlewoods stores and the Index retail store businesses.

Lee Butler

Lee Butler
UK digital lead
Medecins Sans Frontieres

Lee simply loves working with super cool and talented people on mega cool projects. At MSF he heads up the UK digital team who bring the wonderful (and not so wonderful) stories of MSF’s work around the world to the right audiences at the right time. Why? To break through the news agenda, shine a light on seldom covered crisis, campaign for positive change, recruit incredible staff and of course raise vital funds. Lee also sits in MSF’s international digital decision-making platform and previously promoted flower shows at the Royal Horticultural Society.

Amaris Cole

Amaris Cole
Senior digital communications manager
Church of England

Amaris Cole is the Church of England's Senior Digital Communications Manager, responsible for implementing digital communication strategies. She delivers a range of digital projects, including video and audio production, social media, digital training for local churches and  AChurchNearYou.com. 

 

Rupert Daniels

Rupert Daniels
Director, creative, lifestyle and learning
Department for International Trade

As Director of the Creative, Lifestyle and Learning team at DIT, Rupert is responsible for helping UK organisations grow globally by developing their exports and attracting inward investment. His portfolio covers diverse sectors from sports, film, and television, to music, gaming, fashion, food & drink, and education. He works with teams across Government and the international network to promote international trade, drive export growth and secure investment in UK companies from overseas.

Rupert was previously Global Marketing Director at Cambridge University Press, and held senior roles at Arsenal F.C. and FIFA. He has over 20 years of global experience across, sales, marketing, media, digital, data and branding.

Elise Hamer

Elise Hamer
Global PR and communications manager
Clarks

An experienced Global Public Relations and Marketing Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the fashion retail and FMCG industries currently heading up Global PR at Clarks, with previous experience in-house at brands such as Aquascutum, Juicy Couture, Nars, L’Oreal and DKNY Jeans. Skilled in PR Strategy, Media, Creative Campaign Management, Photoshoots and Social Media including Influencer Management, Talent & VIP relations and Events.

Laura O’Connell

Laura O’Connell
Head of corporate and capital markets
Instinctif

Laura heads Instinctif Partners’ UK Corporate and Capital Markets Communications practice and is a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. She is a specialist in corporate communications with extensive experience of developing and delivering integrated strategic and creative client programmes.  Her career spans major consultancy and in-house roles. She joined Instinctif Partners in 2015 following the acquisition of corporate consultancy Wriglesworth where she was Managing Director. Earlier she worked for London consultancies including Ogilvy and Mather and spent 6 years client side as Direct Line Group’s first Head of External and Internal Communications.

Mona Patel

Mona Patel
Group head of external communications
Royal London

Mona has over 20 years of PR, campaigning and public affairs experience in financial services and the charity sector.  She oversees the Royal London Press Office covering corporate, investment, pensions and protection PR. 

Mona graduated with LLB (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and has an MA in International Relations. She speaks 4 languages with varying success.  In her (very rare) spare time she enjoys yoga, rock climbing, reading and entertaining. 

Arno Schikker

Arno Schikker
Manager, corporate communications
Royal Boskalis Westminster

Arno Schikker MSc MA is a communications professional with 25 years of experience working in an international B2B environment. He started his career at Royal KPN as Marketing Manager of the company’s initial portfolio of internet access and webhosting services for the business market. Following this period in which he witnessed the widespread adoption of the Internet, Arno decided to join Lucent Technologies as Global Marketing Manager for the company’s Wi-Fi products. After being self-employed for a number of years and having worked for tank terminal operator Royal Vopak, he joined global dredging and marine contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster in 2008 as Manager Corporate Communication.

Chris Scott

Chris Scott
Head of corporate communications
London Sport

Chris is Head of Corporate Communications for London Sport, overseeing the agency’s strategic communications and external relations activities. Chris leads London’s representation in the global Active Citizens Worldwide network and spent time seconded to the Mayor of London’s Community Sport team.  Previously, he managed the Media and PR brief for the national gender equality charity, Women in Sport, where he led the development of the inaugural Women’s Sport Week campaign and the national Transforming Sport event in partnership with central government.

Chris’ early career was spent establishing the communications function for a boutique professional services firm.

Joe Tyler

Joe Tyler
Internal communications manager
Avanti West Coast

Joe Tyler is Internal Communications Manager at Avanti West Coast. He’s been with the company, which transitioned from Virgin Trains in December 2019, for five and a half years. Major projects in the time include the TUPE transfer of 3,500 people and simultaneous wind-down/wind-up of two companies, the launch and maintenance of the world’s most engaged Yammer network, and scripting + content managing companywide awards events. A former newspaper journalist, he’s previously worked in Internal Comms at Crossrail and Ladbrokes. He loves trains, but is not a spotter. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.