SPEAKERS

Georgie Cade

Georgie Cade
Head of communications
University College London

Georgie Cade is an experienced communications leader with a strong track record of reputation management and delivering high-profile campaigns. She is Head of Communications for University College London (UCL), ranked a top 10 global university (QS, 2023) and The Sunday Times’ University of the Year.

Georgie has more than a decade of communications experience across private and public sector. She thrives in the sweet spot where crunchy challenges meet with a purpose-driven agenda. She is qualified with a CIPR Strategic PR Diploma, IPA Foundation, MSc (1st Class) and BA (1st Class).

She is a strong advocate for the professionalisation of communications as a strategic discipline, and for helping develop peers and future talent. Alongside a committee role on the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ Greater London Group, she is also a Sponsor for a 100+ Communications Community of Practice, set up an Impact Fellowship Scheme upskilling cohorts in media and policy engagement, and now scaled to its fourth year, and an annual scheme of Student Journalists trained at UCL.

Valentina D’Efilippo

Valentina D’Efilippo
Director
Apostrophe One

Valentina D'Efilippo, an award-winning designer, creative director, and author, is renowned for her ability to inspire, move, and connect people through data-driven experiences.

Her work includes the critically acclaimed "The Infographic History of the World," co-authored with James Ball and available in eleven languages, and the innovative "Britannica’s Encyclopedia Infographica," a children's encyclopedia filled with facts and infographics about the universe, wildlife, and human anatomy.

Valentina's creativity and insight have led to collaborations with diverse organizations, from startups to global brands, in various fields and formats, including theatre performances, exhibitions, and digital platforms.

Beyond her projects, Valentina is passionate about education and knowledge sharing, offering coaching to corporate teams, lecturing at institutions like Columbia Business School, and running popular Masterclasses. Her contributions to the field have been internationally exhibited and are part of the permanent collection at the Weltmuseum in Vienna. In recognition of her influence and innovation, she was named one of Campaign’s 30 Future Creative Female Leaders in 2018.

Mark Evans

Mark Evans
Advisor, coach and trustee

Mark is an Executive level marketer of 25 years now pursuing a portfolio career. In his last executive role at Direct Line Group (DLG) Mark was Managing Director for Marketing & Digital and was a long-standing member of the Executive Committee. Prior to DLG Mark worked at HSBC, 118118 and Mars in a broad range of marketing and commercial roles.

Mark now combines Executive coaching with a number of non-exec, advisory and Trustee roles with Accenture, the Marketing Society, Saracens Rugby, HMRC, The Institute for Customer Services, The UK Sepsis Trust, Save the Children, and OnSide.

Mark also co-hosts a podcast - The Places We'll Go Show. With 140 episodes to date, guests have included the likes of Paul Polman, Karen Blackett OBE, Sir Martin Sorrell, Victoria Gosling OBE, Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Clive Woodwardand a wide range of CEOs and CMOs.

Mark founded the “Sprintathon” in 2016 which is a mass-relay marathon charity event that has so far raised £900k for Stand Up To Cancer to beat cancer faster. Mark is a Fellow of the Marketing Society and of the Marketing Academy. He was recognised as the Marketing Society Leader of the Year in 2018 and with an Honorary Fellowship in 2023.

Heather McKim

Heather McKim
Head of social and content
iQStudent

Speaker biography coming soon!

Alex Pearmain

Alex Pearmain
Co-founder
OneFifty Consultancy

Speaker biography coming soon!

Paul Quigley

Paul Quigley
CEO
NewsWhip

Paul Quigley is co-founder and CEO of NewsWhip a predictive media monitoring platform that helps comms and insights professionals proactively monitor and defend their brand’s reputation. NewsWhip has grown to be trusted by thousands of brands, agencies, and journalists to spot breaking news, unpack crises and issues, and better understand which stories are engaging audiences in over 80 countries.

Jennifer Sanchis

Jennifer Sanchis
Insights consultant
CARMA

Jennifer works as an Insights Consultant at CARMA, providing strategic guidance on global measurement and evaluation programmes. She is one of the best young talents in the industry – evidenced by her AMEC award as the Young Professional of 2023 and her CIPR award as the Outstanding Young Communicator of 2019.

Jennifer has vast experience working on international media analysis solutions for government entities and large global organisations. She is also a committee member of the CIPR’s Greater London group and a member of the PRCA.

Shahar Silbershatz

Shahar Silbershatz
CEO
Caliber

As CEO of Caliber, a Copenhagen-based brand and reputation analytics firm, Shahar helps organizations build trust through providing a mix of strategic consulting, stakeholder insights and digital solutions. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and over 20 years of experience working at leading consultancies in New York, London and Copenhagen – advising some of the world’s largest companies in the areas of marketing, communications, business strategy and stakeholder relations.

Shahar’s activity in the areas of reputation management and corporate branding extends to public speaking in industry events, publication of thought leadership and guest lecturing at academic institutions like the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen Business School, Quadriga University in Berlin and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The Lord Ranger of Northwood

The Lord Ranger of Northwood

Lord Ranger of Northwood is a member of the House of Lords and over the last twenty-five years he has been a trusted adviser to senior politicians, chief executives and boards and has led teams through major project delivery, large scale transformational programmes, reputation and communications crises.

Lord Ranger was part of the team that delivered the London Oystercard and spent four years working for the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, leading the transport and environment briefs and establishing the Digital London Office.

Most recently he was a senior executive at Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, and established and led the strategic corporate communications function across Northern Europe, APAC and India.

Lord Ranger is a member of the West Midlands Digital Advisory Board, the board of techUK and is a Vice-chair of the India (Trade & Investment) APPG. He is an international public speaker and a regular broadcaster for national TV and radio.

Stephen Waddington

Stephen Waddington
Managing partner
Wadds Inc.

Stephen is the founder and managing partner of Wadds Inc., a professional advisory and research firm for the corporate communications industry. He’s an entrepreneur who has benefited from disruption in media and technology during his career in public relations. He built an agency during the 90s supporting companies creating the infrastructure and applications that were the foundation of the internet. He did it again ten years later, scaling one of the first agencies to work across paid, social and earned media.

Stephen is also a PhD researcher at Leeds Business School, investigating the relationship between public relations and management. He has written more than ten books on management and communication, including Exploring Public Relations and Management Communication, and served as President of the CIPR. He is an Honorary Fellow of the CIPR and Fellow of the PRCA.