Lesley Woods

Lesley Woods is a dynamic communications practitioner with 15+ years’ experience of delivering compelling campaigns that present a unified brand image and promote a positive social impact. She currently leads External Campaigns in the Directorate of Defence Communications, a team that aims to ‘give a voice to the men and women who serve so that their stories can be heard’.

In her mission 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. At the start of the COVID 19 pandemic she deployed to Army Headquarters as media advisor to the General commanding the 20,000 military personnel of the ‘Covid Support Force’; there she forged a hybrid media team and designed new ways of delivering communications to help reassure the UK general public.

As a media operations officer in the Royal Air Force Reserves, Lesley has created and curated stories from around the world, from celebrating Christmas in Kandahar to delivering aid to the Central African Republic. She lost half an eyebrow evacuating ITN anchor Julie Etchingham from a burning US Marine Corps toilet tent…