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Busman’s Holiday by Alison Gallagher-Hughes

Things that you do when you visit the seaside: Walk on the beach Build sand castles Fly a kite Have a picnic Play frisbee Or alternatively, sit in front of a computer and take part in #CommsHero week 2020. Now, this might not sound like a well-considered plan, but I had been stuck at home for…

From Comms Officer to Deputy CEO…one year on by Laura Skaife-Knight

It’s a year since I left my role as Director of Communications and External Relations at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – after a fantastic 12 years at a very special Trust – to take up the role of Deputy Chief Executive at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation…

The CommsHero experience by Alex B Cann

I joined in with this year’s #CommsHero event as a compete novice, and was a little confused about how it would work in these socially distant times. I needn’t have worried, as I got a cordial welcome from all the Comms Hero types! The technology worked fantastically well, as I got to…

Party Time by Teela Clayton

A chill wind slices through the trees, casting down a swirling shower of autumnal colours. The impending darkness hangs just beyond the sun as it eases into its resting spot. In fields as far as the eye can see, potatoes jostle to be plucked from their black fecund bed. My sisters sit to the left…

Context over Content: How a Comms Hero saved me by Kevin Campbell-Wright

There’s something about meeting face-to-face that is different from doing it online. Staring into a camera just isn’t like being in a room with people. Both of these are statements I’ve heard lots over the last few months. It’s true. Somehow the perks of the home office have started to grate and…

CommsHero Week 2020 – the week when…by Cassie Webster

CommsHero Week 2020 – the week when…   1 amazing network came together for  5 engaging days, comprising 35 inspiring sessions, delivered by 55 awesome speakers to 100+ CommsHeroes, who logged/notched up 175 CPD points, while dunking (probably) 1000 biscuits into (probably) 2000 cups of tea…

Why I’ll be front of the queue for the next #CommsHero event by Catherine Martin

Last week I took part in #CommsHero Week. It had the equivalent impact of a string of flat whites with some sugary biscuits thrown in – I’m still buzzing. And yet, I almost missed out completely. Client work comes first, and as an independent consultant, there’s no one to fall back on if you take…

How to rescue a dull virtual event by Shalini Gupta

So Comms Hero week 2020 just happened. What a virtual event! It takes grit, creativity and a lot of hard work to create a successful online event that almost the entire comms community looks forward to. But Asif and his team sure know how to throw a comms party and the event has become one my…

My top five key takeaways from today’s #CommsHero panel debate- a seat at the table: silver bullet or white elephant? by Charlotte Ward

Kate Jones (Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs, Tarmac) facilitated a really interesting debate about the perennial topic of whether comms professionals need a seat at the board table. Kate talked to Laura Skaife-Knight (Deputy CEO, Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn), Rachel Thornton…

Covid=Confidence=Change=CommsHero by Leanne Hughes

Once I was over the initial sucker punch of Covid lockdown, homeschooling uncooperative pupils and desperately trying to not lose the heid, I decided it was time to make some changes in my professional life. I work for NHS, as part of a multidisciplinary team and cover the communication functions…