Richard Walker - Managing Director, Iceland Foods Group
Richard was born in Chester in 1980. After graduating from Durham University in 2001, with a degree in geography, he travelled extensively and then qualified as a chartered surveyor. He developed his own property business in Poland before establishing Bywater Properties, a London-based company focused on cross-sector UK property investment and development, of which he remains Chairman.
In 2012, Richard joined Iceland Foods, the company established by his father Malcolm in 1970. He worked full-time as a shelf-stacker and cashier in London for a year, before becoming a store manager in Swiss Cottage and moving to Iceland head office at Deeside, Flintshire, in 2013.
After various head office roles, including a spell running Iceland’s International division, Richard became Managing Director of The Food Warehouse, Iceland’s chain of more than 60 larger format stores, in 2015.
Since 2017, he has also taken the board lead on sustainability issues across the Group.
Josh Hardie - Deputy Director-General, CBI
Josh is CBI Deputy Director-General. An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 and leads the CBI’s overall policy development, media and campaigning work.
From Brexit and global trade to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign - Everyone's business - all Josh’s focus is aimed at helping business to tackle inequality and raise living standards.
This involves working with the 190,000 businesses the CBI represents to understand how they can driver prosperity forward across the UK, working with Government to ensure their policy supports this and communicating with stakeholders to help demonstrate the impact business can have.
Josh joined from Tesco, where he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility. This role focused on leading on the integration of social and reputational issues into the international retailer's business strategy and developing a new approach to campaigning with customers, the Government, stakeholders and the media on issues including health, employability and sustainability.
Josh has also held Exec-level roles at EdComs, creating behaviour change strategies and campaigns for businesses, government departments and the voluntary sector, and an educational charity - Education Extra -campaigning with schools and working with the Government on educational issues.
Elizabeth Filippouli - Founder & CEO, Global Thinkers Forum
Elizabeth Filippouli is a social entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of Global Thinkers Forum (GTF), an international organisation that works as an agent for positive change by connecting international thought leaders and promoting values-based leadership, collaboration and cross-cultural understanding. GTF is a London-based organisation with presence in 7 countries: UK, USA, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, UAE, Saudi Arabia and a fast growth rate.
In 2016, Elizabeth was named among Oxford University’s Said Business School’s 42 top graduate entrepreneurs.
In 2015, Filippouli and Global Thinkers Forum launched an international mentoring programme, Global Thinkers Mentors, pairing youth and women from all over the world with accomplished individuals having accomplished reach to over 35 countries. Elizabeth is a passionate advocate of taping into female talent and potential to create prosperity, peace, development and happier societies. As part of this GTF launched Athena40 in 2018. She is also a blockchain technology expert, exploring its potential for social good.
Elizabeth’s background is in journalism. Her international career kicked off when she joined the CNN family in 1999, as a CNN Fellow and Athens-based correspondent. Elizabeth has studied Strategy and Innovation at Said Business School of Oxford University (MBA), Transnational Media and Globalisation at London City University (MA).
Jonny Dymond - Royal Correspondent, BBC
Jonny Dymond began his career working for the BBC in 1995 as a researcher and producer at Millbank. He went on to work on budget and election programming and on the weekday current affairs news flagship programme, Newsnight. Jonny was appointed as a reporter at Westminster for the World Service and as BBC Washington correspondent in 2000, covering both the 2000 and 2012 United States presidential elections. Jonny covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers for the BBC in New York.
After being appointed Istanbul correspondent covering Turkey and the Middle East in 2001 he went on to spend five years in Brussels as BBC European correspondent there. In a big year for news in the British Royal Family Jonny now has the privilege of being BBC Royal Correspondent and has written and reported extensively in the run-up to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Jonny also a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday morning news magazine show Broadcasting House and on BBC World Service as a political reporter.
Ian Macrae - Director of Market Intelligence, Ofcom
Ian Macrae is Director of Market Intelligence at Ofcom.
His team is responsible for collecting and reporting the evidence base on consumer and industry trends which Ofcom uses for its policy making.
Publications include Ofcom's annual Communications Market Report and Media Nations report. Ian has been at Ofcom for 12 years and was previously Consumer Policy Director.
He has over 20 years working in the UK's media and communications sector, having previously worked for Three, Express Newspapers and Virgin Net.
John O'Brien MBE - European Managing Partner, ONE HUNDRED
John is European Managing Partner of Omnicom’s ONE HUNDRED agency, the world’s first multi-disciplinary purpose communications collective. He is a renowned ethical purpose expert, speaker, author and advisor to major global corporates, NGOs and public bodies.
Originally a former British army infantry officer of ten years, John has subsequently spent almost twenty-five years in the cross-over between the corporate, charitable and public sectors, building significant campaigns and initiatives over a wide range of subject matters. John has worked with the senior leadership of over half of the FTSE 100 and many other global operating businesses and charities. He has created initiatives covering over twenty countries, worked with the UK Government on various agendas as well as high-net worth philanthropists and members of three royal families.
John has held roles including Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Executive Chairman and in 2017 combined his experience with that of journalist Andrew Cave to write the ‘Power of Purpose, published by Pearson. The book reached no 3 in the WH Smith charts, no 10 in its Amazon listing and was a shortlisted Business Book of the Year.
John’s experience and efforts across the broadest spectrum of purpose - driven activities have attracted various recognition including being appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Dr Sam Shah - Director for Digital Development, NHS England
Dr Sam Shah is a clinician and Director for Digital Development for NHS England. He has a background in primary healthcare, public health and research. His main focus is using digital technology to help improve access to health services; improve the patient and user experience; help with health system efficiency; and getting the best outcomes for patients. Sam has overseen the development of NHS 111 Online in England and currently leads on a number of initiatives that are designed to help patients connect to care and where possible take a digital first approach.
Tom Levitt - Consultant, Sector 4 Focus
Tom Levitt is a writer and consultant on responsible business, a field he has worked in since leaving Parliament in 2010 after 13 years as a Labour MP. In the Commons, he focused on communities, charities and international development, and he recently helped to found the anti-poverty social enterprise Fair for You.
He has held several positions as a charity chair and company director. His current book is ‘The Company Citizen: Good for Business, Planet, Nation and Community’. As a consultant, his clients have included major businesses, think tanks, councils and charities, and he's carried out ground-breaking research on the role of SMEs in the community.
Tom is currently a member of the independent sustainability advisory panel for Walgreen Boots Alliance, and on the British Standards Institute committee looking at the measurement of social value.
Molly Aldridge - Global CEO, M&C Saatchi PR
Molly Aldridge is the global CEO of M&C Saatchi PR and responsible for eight markets worldwide. She has big agency experience including Cohn & Wolfe, Hill & Knowlton and Weber Shandwick, and was previously the Global MD of Slam within IPG, which she set up and took from being a UK team of four people to a global network operating across 12 markets.
Molly has 20 years’ experience working with big blue chip companies across the consumer and corporate sectors including FMCG brands such as Coca-Cola, Paddy Power, Footlocker and EE alongside luxury goods and premium products for example Nespresso, Bentley, Diageo and Beats By Dre.
Her strengths lie in both brand problem solving and brand building through an integrated mix of PR, social and experiential story telling, ensuring awareness, engagement and conversion to the right customers at the right time.
Diana Maynard - Senior Research Fellow, University of Sheffield
Dr Diana Maynard is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield where she, since 2000, has led the development of Sheffield’s open-source multilingual text analysis tools, and has led research teams on a number of UK and EU projects. Her main research interests are in tools for language technology, information extraction, sentiment analysis, social media analysis and terminology.
Dr. Maynard recently worked on the EU DecarboNet project, developing social media analysis tools which investigate attitudes towards climate change, and currently works on various projects around social media and news media analysis, including use of social media during crises in the EU COMRADES project. She is currently PI of the EU KNOWMAK project, developing ontology-based tools for mapping the European research space, and co-PI on two projects involving analysis of social media discussion of Brexit, and tools for monitoring violence against journalists.
She regularly provides consultancy and training on text analytics and use of GATE in both the public and private sector, as well as widespread community engagement through talks, tutorials, conferences and publications. She is an advisory board member for a number of European research projects and start-up companies.
Professor Roger Steare - Corporate Philosopher
Professor Roger Steare is internationally recognised as one of the leading experts advising the Boards and executive teams on the development of high performing, high integrity organisations.
His work with BP after the Gulf of Mexico disaster has been crucial to the company’s recovery plan, with Roger’s decision-making framework and leadership training endorsed within the US Department of Justice Consent Agreement of 2016.
He has advised several UK banks after PPI and Libor, with his work publicly endorsed by the Financial Conduct Authority.
His most recent assignment has been with Nationwide Building Society where he has supported the senior executive team in achieving not only the Which? Banking Brand of the Year 2017, but also the largest winner of banking current account switchers, regularly out-scoring all major banking competitors combined.
Roger has worked with clients to achieve these results by basing his guidance on the evidence of best-practice across all sectors from around the world. He has conducted extensive empirical research on both personal and professional integrity, with his MoralDNA Profile cited in papers published by the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Insurance Institute, EY, the FCA and PWC. His work has also been profiled in The Times, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Les Echos and The Guardian.
Katie Macaulay - Managing Director, AB
As AB’s managing director, Katie has more than 25 years’ experience in communications, working in almost every industry sector in both corporate and agency roles.
She has been involved in global rebranding and culture change programmes, privatisation activity, mergers and acquisitions, plus the development and launch of new business strategies.
Katie is the author of From Cascade to Conversation – unlocking the collective wisdom of your workforce. She is a regular speaker at conferences and corporate events. Her Ted-style talks capture her experience, passion and vision for employee communications.
She challenges professionals to be brave, have less regard for hierarchy and more interest in driving genuine and productive dialogue.
Conference Chair - Anne Gregory
Professor Anne Gregory is Chair of Corporate Communication at the University of Huddersfield and a past President of the CIPR. As President of the Institute, she led the CIPR to Chartered status, advocating ethical practice, professionalism and education.
From 2013 to 2015, Anne was also Chair of the Global Alliance, the world-wide body of over 60 national and international public relations associations. She is an Honorary Fellow and holder of the CIPR’s Sir Stephen Tallents Medal for her outstanding contribution to the profession, and of the Pathfinder Award for her outstanding research by the US Institute of Public Relations.
As well as being an academic, Anne is deeply involved in practice, being a Reviewer for Government Communication and director of the project team who produced the Global Capabilities Framework for the profession worldwide.