They said it couldn’t be done, but done it we have. It’s a very special thing when a small group of passionate people comes together to create something unique. In fact – the renegade band of fearless comms folk behind this epic event were crowned Best Small Comms Team in the comms2point0 Unawards 2018. Read the submission that won us the award here. Find out about us below and make sure you say hi on Twitter.
Deputy Director for OD, Communication and Participation at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.
After a degree in languages I trained to be a journo at the local paper in my home town. A few years later I hopped the fence into local gov comms, with a stint as a freelance and finally a move to the NHS.
Love the variety and the challenges of public sector comms and engagement, and the great people you get to work with. Value great writing, good humour, funky ideas and positive relationships.
Outside work it’s two girls, one dog, one guinea pig, baking, singing (Rock Choir), movies, books, drawing, codeword puzzles and travel.
I am Head of Communication and Marketing, for England’s newest urban local authority, BCP Council, serving the 400,000 residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole on the glorious south coast. We’re in the midst of a huge and genuine transformation involving culture change, organisation design, service harmonsation and council tax realignment, plus a new political direction to keep us busy.
I studied a PR degree in my hometown of Bournemouth, which included a placement at the council. I loved it so much I went back after the obligatory post-graduation travelling and haven’t left since!
After a dabble in the glamping business for a couple of seasons a few years ago (alongside my full time job at Bournemouth – what was I thinking?), I realised that the grass really wasn’t greener, even in a glamping field, and embraced my job with newfound enthusiasm & appreciation. Why wouldn’t I? I love the unending change, the requisite drive for creativity, and the innovation & commitment I see each day… oh, and I get to live by the sea.
Out of work passions – travel, conservation, food, wine, and my cat Marble.
My son claims I “work on The Twitter”. But really, I am a communications consultant, creator of comms2point0, and owner of Creative Communicators Ltd.
My 23-year career in communications, marketing and PR spans 10 years as Head of Communications within local government, a director level role in the NHS and five years in private sector marketing, winning some awards with my teams along the way and I have worked with over 100 communications teams in my consultancy role.
I have hosted and spoken at more than 150 events across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, on integrating social media for business, building communications and engagement strategies, and communicating in a digital world.
And amongst many, many projects I am most proud to deliver the unique UnAwards, now in their sixth year.
I love the communications community and my mission is to fly a flag for it wherever possible.
I’m also passionate about all things Birmingham, including our very average football team, and in between trying to be a decent dad I love music, film & TV, cooking, trips to the seaside and the occasional visit to the gym.