#CommsHero Week 2022

10 OCT - 14 OCT

Get ready for CommsHero Week 2022, bringing you a virtual week-long event of 50 LIVE sessions all available on demand for a year and the chance to network with other fellow CommsHeroes. Our speaker line-up is EPIC this year with over 70 speakers from across different industries, sessions will cover topics from Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to Crisis Comms, ESG, Sustainability and much more!

And of course, every ticket holder will receive an EXCLUSIVE limited edition #CommsHero SWAG pack including your very own CommsHero t-shirt and personalised notebook.

To get a flavour of what’s to come, check out some sessions from CommsHero Week 2021 CLICK HERE.

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See below the timetable for Monday 10th October:

  • 9:30 – How to make your presentations less sh!t with Russell Anderson-Williams
  • 10:15 – When I grow up I want to be a CommsHero, a panel session with Emily Clark, Michael Lowden, Katrina Wilcox, Lewis Williams and Rachel Roberts
  • 11:00 – What does it take to be a Whole Marketer? With Abigail Dixon
  • 11:45 – A session from Sarah Waddington
  • 12:15 – Daily exercise with Frank Sinclair
  • 12:30 – Be a Marketing Hero with the Power of Curiosity with Maaz Rahman
  • 1:05 – A session from Bridget Aherne
  • 1:35 – Come and Meet People Like Us with Darain Faraz and Sheeraz Gulsher
  • 2:15 – From internal communication to internal conversation: The next evolution in engagement with Marya Stevens
  • 3:00 – How To Take The Lead with Carrie-Ann Wade and Lee Griffith
  • 3:45 – A session from Work Networks
  • 4:20 – Moving with the tide: Have you got 5 minutes? LIVE with Harriet Small and Rebecca Roberts

See below who is speaking on Tuesday 11th October:

  • 9:30 – Measure what you treasure with Dan Holden and Caroline Cubbon-King
  • 10:15 – Understanding changing consumer behaviours and surviving the cancel culture with James Delves
  • 11:00 – The rise of visual content and how to get it right with Naomi Jones and Sam Brownjohn
  • 11:45 – How to use insight to unlock that creative spark with Richard Flaherty and Asif Choudry
  • 12:15 – Daily exercise with Frank Sinclair
  • 12:30 – We don’t just do pink and fluffy with Lynda Thwaite and Asif Choudry
  • 1:05 – A session from Andy Barr
  • 1:35 – The language of disability with Sara Thornhurst
  • 2:15 – PRCA Public Sector Group with Carrie-Ann Wade, Emer Delaney, Marcus Chrysostomou and Simon Jones
  • 3:00 – How to maximise your earning potential in public relations with Stephen Waddington
  • 3:45 – Accessible comms: Where on Earth do we start? With Kelsea Greene
  • 4:20 – Two Weddings and a Funeral: An insider’s view of birthdays, wedding and a funeral

See below who is speaking on Wednesday 12th October:

  • 9:30 – Do what you say, say what you do! Building a cohesive sustainable marketing communications strategy with Gemma Butler and Michelle Carvill
  • 10:15 – Board rooms | The final frontier for PR professionals with Farzana Badeul
  • 11:00 – Mission impossible: Communication lessons from the front line with Lesley Woods
  • 11:45 – Remove the dear and doubt, focus on listening to what isn’t being said with Emma Midgley
  • 12:15 – Daily exercise with Frank Sinclair
  • 12:30 – Every journey has a story with Amy Nettleton and Asif Choudry
  • 1:05 – A session with Barbara Phillips
  • 1:35 – A session from CARMA
  • 2:15 – How to conquer your fears before a presentation with Penny Haslam
  • 3:00 – The integral role of IC in EDI with Advita Patel and Priya Bates
  • 3:45 – COVID-19 communication – the good, the bad and the ugly with Antony Tiernan, Claire Riley, Denis Campbell, Kate Jarman and Ranjeet Kaile
  • 4:20 – Keeping up with the Joneses with Stuart Bruce

See below who is speaking on Thursday 13th October:

  • 9:30 – A session from Firstup
  • 10:15 – A session with Helen Reynolds
  • 11:00 – A session with Carly Cook
  • 11:45 – PR vs Recession: The business case for comms with Koray Camgoz
  • 12:15 – Daily exercise with Frank Sinclair
  • 12:30 – Moulding ERGs that work with Kate Isichei
  • 1:00 – How ESG will change the Internal Communication landscape with Gihan Hyde
  • 1:35 – A chance to network with fellow CommsHeroes!
  • 2:15 – A session from Firstup
  • 3:00 – How to speak so that others listen with Cath Baxter
  • 3:45 – Is grammar reelly that important QUESTION MARK with Ed Thomas
  • 4:20 – Top ten tools for Social Media Marketing with Luan Wise

Let’s see what is happening on the last day of CommsHero Week 2022:

  • 9:30 – Empathy Mapping – getting in the head of your audience with Ruth Dale
  • 10:15 – Using behavioural science to power your communications with Shayoni Lynn
  • 11:00 – A chance to network with fellow CommsHeroes!
  • 11:35 – Data Driven Communications – Our Secret Weapon to success with Rebecca Benn
  • 12:15 – Daily exercise with Frank Sinclair
  • 12:30 – Talking about a crises: How we can build resilience with Amanda Coleman
  • 1:05 – How dare you post this on a professional platform!? And other nonsense with Steve Hayes
  • 1:35 – Emotional storytelling with Nezahat Sevim
  • 2:05 – Listening like a life depends on it with Nigel Taberner
  • 2:40 – Beanz on Weetabix – When bravery met strategy with Gareth Turner

*event schedule subject to change.

#CommsHero Week is CPD approved for all CIPR members

You can earn 30 CPD points for attending CommsHero Week 2022! This can be logged under MY CPD.

Members can search ‘CommsHero Week 2022’ in the title search field to log it.  They’ll need to attach proof of ticket purchase/attendance to the submission.

Fancy joining the CIPR? All new members can get £20 off their membership with this discount code*: CommsHero

*Offer cannot be used with any other discount or CIPR Recommend a Friend.

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CommsHero Week 2021

27 SEP - 1 OCT

This year #CommsHero hosted another groundbreaking virtual event with over 50 influential speakers, presenting live throughout the week.

All sessions will be available on demand after the event so don’t worry if you didn’t make the live session (more details coming soon.) After a testing year, it’s time to celebrate the heroics comms people are performing every day.

Event Sponsor: 


Event Chair: Annique Simpson – Change Communications Business Partner, Journalist, Event Host & Speaker, Founding Member – UK Black Comms Network

Rachel Miller – Director at All Things IC Limited

Advita Patel – Director at CommsRebel

Spencer Waldron – Global Brand Communications Director at Prezi

Grant Leboff – CEO at Sticky Marketing Club

Gina Stringer – Senior PR & Activation Manager – Yorkshire Tea & Taylors of Harrogate

Reece Dinsdale – Actor and Television Director

Graeme Park – International DJ

Julian Obubo – Partner at Manifest London

Gihan Hyde – Founder & CEO Communique

Harry Tangye – Former Firearms and Traffic Sergeant for Devon and Cornwall Police & author of the best-seller ‘Firearms & Fatals

Nick Adderley – Northants Chief of Police

Nick Knowles – TV Presenter and Award-Winning Writer

Tom Gaymor – Freelance national commentator – BBC 5 Live, Eurosport, BT Sport and Sky Sports

Sofia Cann – Head of Marketing & Communications (Square Chapel Arts Centre Halifax & The Old Courts Wigan) & Freelance Publicist & Communications Consultant for Cann Communications

Jules Loveland– Communications Manager at Dementia Adventure

Kristin Hancock – VP Community & Engagement at ICology

Aamir Abbasi – Fundraising Manager for Leicester at Al Khair Foundation

Samra Muslim – CEO of Walnut Communications and Alchemists

Syed Ayaz – Chief Business Officer at Nutshell Communications

Ranjeet Kaile – Executive Director of Communications, Stakeholder Engagement and Public Affairs at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Martina Topić – Senior Lecturer & Course Leader in Public Relations & Journalism

Naomi Jones – Communications and Marketing Director at SUEZ UK

Emma Leech – Director of Marketing and Communications at Nottingham Trent University

Helen Reynolds – Comms Training Director at Comms Creatives

Asif Choudry – Marketing and Sales Director at resource

Stephen Waddington – Founder and Managing Partner of Wadds Inc.

Penny Haslam – MD and Founder of Bit Famous Ltd.

Kate Jones – Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs at Tarmac

Mandy Pearse – Director of Seashell Communications & CIPR President 2021

Sarah Waddington – Business Owner at Astute.Work

Chloë Marsh – Head of Communications & Engagement at RHP Group

Amy Nettleton – Assistant Development Director: Sales and Marketing – Aster Group UK

Alma Sheren – Marketing and Communication Lead at Greenacre Recruitment Limited

Fran O’Hara – Managing Director/Creative Director of Scarlet Design International Ltd

Trudy Lewis – Director of Colinear Limited and Board Director of CIPR

Matthew Batten – Director of Communications and Engagement, Diocese of Llandaff, Church in Wales

Rachel Tolhurst – Head of Internal Communications at Amey

Carrie-Ann Wade – Director of Communications and Engagement at NELFT NHS Foundation Trust & Founder and Chief Collaborator of Cat’s Pajamas

Lee Griffith – Founder of Sunday Skies

Jenni Field – Founder, Business Communications Strategist at Redefining Comms

Lynda Thwaite – Group Brand, Marketing & Communications Director at Sir Robert McAlpine

Frank Sinclair – Owner Fit With Frank

Luan Wise – Marketing Consultant at Luan Wise

John Rockley – Head of Communications and Marketing at Rooftop Housing

Alison Battisby – Founder, Social Media Consultant, Trainer and Speaker at Avocado Social

Andy Lambert – Director of Growth at ContentCal

Ed Thomas – Group Head of Marketing and Communications at the Wrekin Housing Group

Mike Klein – Internal Communication Consultant; Senior Advisor, Smarp Strategic Services

Laurian Hubbard – Head of Engagement at Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament

Helen Pudner – Interim Deputy CEO at United Purpose

Sarah Puntan-Galea – Director of Communications at Valleys to Coast

Andy Barr – Owner of 10 Yetis Digital

Koray Camgöz – Director of Communications and Marketing at PRCA

Chaya Mistry – Director of Humanly

Gemma Butler – Marketing Director at CIM, The Chartered Institute of Marketing

Kendi Guantai –

Sarah Pye – Head of Communications and Engagement at Honeycomb Group



CommsHero Week 2020

#CommsHero week
28th September – 2nd October 2020.

Was a virtual event with over 50 influential speakers, presenting live throughout the week. The biggest and best of engaging content, advice, anecdotes and key learnings for Comms professionals.

All sessions are available on demand after the event so don’t worry if you can’t make the live session. After a testing few months since March, it’s time to celebrate the heroics comms people are performing every day.

Are you ready to unleash the inner #CommsHero in you?

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#CommsHero Week is CPD approved for all CIPR members

35 sessions x 5 CPD points per session = 175 points. You can earn more than your annual CPD requirement (60 points) in a week between 28th September – 2nd October

Details of how to log your CPD points for #CommsHero Week coming soon.