About Lesley...

With a background in Public Relations, Lesley has 20+ years’ experience of curating and creating compelling content. Her career has taken her around the world, working with international partners to shine a light on the work of her military colleagues, from celebrating Christmas in Kandahar to delivering humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic.  

As a current serving senior Royal Air Force Media Reserves officer, Lesley shares tips and tactics from her operational experience to help others become more courageously creative communicators. 

 Her mission is to get you out of the trenches and into new territory, to get you thinking differently about how you can emotionally engage your people and your audiences.  

In her civilian role she leads the Campaigns team in the UK Ministry of Defence Communications Directorate, a team that aims to ‘give a voice to the men and women who serve so that their stories can be heard’. 

To help the UK Armed Forces reach new audiences she has led collaborations with films, TV series and documentaries, from influencer events with Disney to a PR partnership with the producers of James Bond. 

She once lost half an eyebrow evacuating a TV documentary crew from a burning US Marine Corps toilet tent in Afghanistan….whilst wearing ballistic pants. 

Session overview: What to do when you're under fire - 'bulletproof' communication tips from a military media officer

Being a comms hero can be like manning a gun on the back ramp of a helicopter… 

  • Wearing night vision goggles in bad weather.
  • Whilst under attack.
  • Carrying the wrong ammunition.

Steal some military grade comms tactics to help you become a more courageously creative communicator: 

  • Why ballistic pants and a kitten puzzle can create body armour for your brain. 
  • What to do when you’re five minutes away from ‘F@ck You!’
  • How emptying your pockets can save your life (and make you a better leader).