Speakers

Dave Barton
Head of Communications, British & Irish Lions

With more than 25 years of experience in sport communications and journalism, Dave has been the Head of Communications for the British & Irish Lions since January 2016. Previously he was Communications Manager for the England rugby union team at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups, Corporate Communications Manager for the Rugby Football
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Zareen Siddiqui
Influencer Engagement Strategist, Edelman

Zareen Siddiqui currently works within the Edelman London Brand team offering strategic advice and counsel on campaigns involving digital influencers; bloggers, vloggers, instagrammers etc. Her remit is broad, spanning both global and local market campaigns however her passion lies in discovering the latest influencers specialising in lifestyle, fashion, tech and sports and matching them and
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Robyn De Villiers
CEO, Burson-Marsteller Africa

Robyn is the chairman and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Africa. She has been engaged in public relations and corporate communications both in South Africa and across the continent for over 25 years. Through Burson-Marsteller Africa, the unique network of indigenous, in-country communications consultancies she founded, Burson-Marsteller provides local and international clients with market relevant communications services
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Dr Johanna Fawkes
Principal Research Fellow, University of Huddersfield

Dr Johanna Fawkes joined the University of Huddersfield Business School in March 2016 as Principal Research Fellow. She is leading a global research project with eight partner universities working with public relations’ professional bodies, practitioners and educators around the world. It will report to the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management in 2018.
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Peter Heneghan
Head of Communications, LADbible Group

Peter Heneghan is the Head of Communications at LADbible Group focussed on developing the company’s public reputation and driving exposure of all key initiatives. LADbible is one of the world’s leading social publishers with massive youth communities across multiple channels including websites, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube. It’s followed by more than half of
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Melissa Hinds
Managing Director of Brand, Edelman

Mel Hinds heads Edelman UK’s Brand practice, overseeing a diverse team of creatives, planners and PR professionals. She leads UK, European and global campaigns for some of the largest and most desirable brands in the world, including Heineken, PayPal, Coca Cola, LEGO ASICS and GSK. She enjoys crafting brand stories which create meaningful connections between
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Richard Kenyon
Director of Marketing and Communications, Everton Football Club

Experienced Marketing and Communications professional, Richard has been the Director of Marketing and Communications at Everton Football Club since January 2014. Previously he was the Managing Director at Kenyon Fraser – one of the North’s most established and largest marketing communications consultancies. For eight years prior to Kenyon Fraser, Richard worked in marketing / business
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Matt Peacock
Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Vodafone

Matt Peacock is Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone where he leads the company’s communications, sustainable business and human rights strategy across more than 40 countries. He was previously the Group Communications Director with the global oil and gas exploration and production company BG Group and has held communications director roles with the UK
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Rachel Royall
Director of Communications, NHS Digital

Rachel Royall is an experienced Board level communications and engagement director. Previously, Rachel was the Director of Communications and Marketing at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, where as a member of their executive team she supported the organisation out of special measures. She has led communications and engagement in complex organisations at a
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Kerry Thorpe
Lead for European Communications, Ben & Jerry’s

Kerry is responsible for the development of Ben & Jerry’s communication strategies, goals and procedures in five key markets in Europe: Germany, France, the Nordics, Benelux and the UK. As well as tickling taste buds with flavour news, Kerry shares information about the company’s social justice campaigns. She has played a key role in urging
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Shane Whelan
Head of Digital, British & Irish Lions

Shane Whelan is the Head of Digital for the British & Irish Lions and has been in the position since 2012. In 2013, he managed all digital affairs for the successful tour of Australia and more recently was at the digital helm for the 2017 tour of New Zealand. In addition to his role at
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