Dr Lawrence Ampofo – Founder, Digital Mindfulness

Dr Lawrence Ampofo is the founder of Digital Mindfulness, and an expert in the business impact of ethical tech and social media technologies.

As the founder of Digital Mindfulness, Lawrence helps leading brands and individuals to understand the ethical risks and opportunities of digital transformation.

From the challenges of the attention economy, to disinformation, ethical AI and machine ethics, Lawrence is at the forefront of enabling a better understanding of the relationship between the evolution of emerging technologies and their impact on business and society.

Joanna Blackburn - Deputy Director, Communications & Engagement, Government Digital Service (GDS)

Joanna leads the communications and engagement function at the Government Digital Service (GDS) where she has a pivotal role in providing leadership across all GDS communications, showcasing the best of digital government. She has strategic oversight of GDS's communications channels and creative output, marketing and campaigns, events, media relations and stakeholder engagement.

Joanna has a passion for public service and is committed to increasing digital capability and skills across government, leading a range of capability programmes as part of the Government Communications Service (GCS). She is a trained journalist and started her career in digital as an online editor, web designer and multimedia content producer. With over 19 years’ experience in digital communications and marketing, including a number of award-winning projects gained in different communications roles in the public sector, Joanna's extensive portfolio of work spans developing and delivering digital strategies, web design and development, digital marketing, social media engagement, as well as organisational and behaviour change programmes.

Peter Cheese - Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Peter is the chief executive of the CIPD, the professional body for more than 150,000 HR and people development professionals around the world. He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills.

Peter is a visiting Professor at the University of Lancaster, and sits on the Advisory Board of Bath University School of Management. He holds honorary doctorates from Bath University, Kingston University, and is a Fellow of the CIPD, AHRI (the Australian HR Institute) and the Academy of Social Sciences. He’s also a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and the British Academy of Management.

Prior to joining the CIPD in July 2012, he was Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Council of City&Guilds. Up until 2009, he had a long career at Accenture holding various leadership positions and culminating in a seven year spell as Global Managing Director for the firm’s human capital and organisation consulting practice.

Dr Stephanie Hare - BBC Worldwide

Dr Stephanie Hare is a researcher, broadcaster and speaker on technology, politics and history. Stephanie’s most recent work includes research on biometrics and privacy, and how big data affects our civil liberties and human rights.

Selected as a part of the landmark BBC Expert Women initiative, she has a regular radio column that goes out on the BBC World Service’s World Business Report and BBC Radio’s 4 Business Daily. She has published op-eds with the Financial Times, Project Syndicate, CNN, and The Guardian. In 2019 Stephanie has appeared on BBC television on subjects as diverse as ‘Can We Trust Huawei?’, ‘Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Requests Internet Regulation’, and ‘The New Zealand Massacre: The Technical Challenges of Removing Videos from Social Media’.

Stephanie is publishing a book later this year on technology ethics. Her other academic publications include For Your Eyes Only: US Technology Companies, Sovereign States and the Battle for Data Protection, selected as a case study for Harvard Business Review; and book chapters such as The Duty to Obey: Politics and the Individual in France 1930-1950, based on her exclusive interviews with Maurice Papon, the French civil servant convicted of crimes against humanity in 1998 relating to his role in the arrest, internment and deportation of Jews during the Second World War.

Stephanie has worked as a Principal Director at Accenture Research, as a deployment strategist at Palantir, a Senior Analyst for Western Europe at Oxford Analytica, a consultant at Accenture, and has taught history at Oxford, where she held the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellowship at St Antony’s College. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics (PhD, MSc) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tony Langham - Chief Executive, Lansons

Tony co-founded Lansons in 1989 and has advised Governments, organisations and companies on their image and reputation for over 30 years. He has an active non executive career and has been named by Debrett’s as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK.

Tony is Chief Executive and retains an active consultancy role across a range of Lansons clients. His work is split between building reputations for organisations growing rapidly in the market and protecting the reputations of those with a leading position to maintain. His specialisms include launches, M&A, IPOs and crisis and issues management. He also advises Prime Ministers, Chairs and CEOs on personal reputation.

He was commissioned by the UK’s PRCA (Public Relations & Communications Association) and the global ICCO (International Communications Consultancy Organisation) to write their guide to Reputation Management, published by Emerald Publishing in December 2018.

He is regularly cited as one of the 500 most influential PR people in the UK and one of the 300 most influential PR people in the world, by PR Week.

Adrian Ma – Founder, Fanclub PR

Adrian is the founder of Fanclub PR, an agency that’s focused on defining the future of PR.

He’s worked at consultancies across various communications disciplines before becoming head of a PR and digital comms agency in 2008.

He left that position to set up Fanclub PR in 2011 to deliver outstanding integrated work with talented people.

Polly Mackenzie - Chief Executive, Demos

Polly started her career as a business journalist.

In  2004, she became a Policy Adviser on housing and local government for Edward Davey MP. She then worked for Nick Clegg from 2006 to 2015, helping to write the 2010 Coalition Agreement, and serving as Director of Policy to the Deputy Prime Minister from 2010-15.

After leaving Government, Polly established the operations of the Women’s Equality Party, and then went on to found the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, a charity working to break the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.

Conference Chair - Rachel Royall

Rachel Royall is Communication Director for IBM UK Healthcare and Life Sciences. Most of her career has been spent in the UK public sector where she has led Board level communications for complex organisations including the NHS, HM Revenue and Customs, Cabinet Office, Department of Health and Social Care and local government.

Before her move to IBM, Rachel was named as one of the top ten Director of Communications in the public sector in the PRWeek 2019 Power Book.

Rachel is an advocate of implementing communication and engagement strategies for organisations that help drive culture change, leading to enhanced organisational performance and improved reputation. She is a Chartered PR Practitioner, CIPR Council Member and chair of the CIPR Health Group representing PR professionals across Europe. She is a visiting lecturer at Quadriga University in Berlin on their Leadership MBA, and a fellow of the Institute of Internal Communication.