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Cat is a co-founder of Working the Future, a boutique management consultancy helping business leaders navigate the multiple forces changing how we work in the 2020s for enhanced organisational resilience.

With a career in workforce-planning spanning three decades, and experience of growing her own successful businesses, Cat has seen first-hand how, time and again, empathic language and communication underpins optimal team engagement and performance. 

Since 2019, Working the Future has worked with The Institute of Internal Communication to provide thought leadership, insight and trend intelligence on the future of work. Alongside Jennifer Sproul and Dominic Walters, she co-hosts the IoIC’s The Future of Internal Communication podcast series.

Jen joined The Team in May 2021 as a Consultant to deliver on their employee engagement offer and has so far worked on projects for clients such as NatWest, Citizens Advice, Turner and Townsend and NHS.

Jen started her career in Human Resources for both the NHS and The University of Sheffield eventually focusing on leadership and management development. During this time Jen got the bug for all things internal communication and employee engagement moving on to Sheffield Hallam University where her final role was International Communications Manager of strategic projects for 4,500 staff.

Jen strongly believes the full potential of a company or organisation can only be unlocked by the engagement and commitment of its most important asset – its people. Her hybrid expertise of HR and employee engagement gives her a strong instinct for understanding what makes both employees and organisations tick. The experience of advising leaders and being at the sharp end of delivering employee facing campaigns means Jen has expertise in exploring what is really going on in an organisation which helps to bring strategy and campaigns to life in a genuinely meaningful way for employees.

Timi Ajadi is a 21-year-old Politics and International Relations graduate from Loughborough University and currently works in their Careers Network as a Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion. She has experience in team leadership, project management, professional development, and cross team collaboration as demonstrated in projects managed at Amazon and Microsoft where she won a prize for her ability to research and execute new marketing strategies to help Amazon Music increase their engagement with younger audiences.

As part of her current role Timi helps to build and maintain Loughborough’s ambitious new Future Black Talent Programme, which seeks to eliminate the barriers to work experience faced by students of black heritage. This role has given her strong skills in marketing, communications, relationship building and CRM database management.

Jessica Fender is a professional writer and educational blogger at GetGoodGrade. Jessica enjoys sharing her ideas to make writing and learning fun.

Tom Sommers is a Washington, DC-based, published writer, editor and data analyst with success with F500 and start-up firms. You can follow Tom on Twitter at @tomsommers1 or connect on LinkedIn.

Dan Matthews is a freelance writer and content consultant who specializes in valuable insights when it comes to technology and business solutions. If Dan isn't writing, you will find him with a coffee in one hand and searching for new music, on his phone, in the other.

Claire Widd is the Senior Internal Communications Manager for Cadent, the UK’s largest gas distribution network and is also the IoIC Central Region Director. Claire has over 10 years’ experience in global Marketing and Internal Communications roles.

Melanie Hinds - Internal Communications Manager

Melanie Hinds is the Internal Communications Manager at Sanctuary Group. A senior management role in a company which has over 13,000 employees across a range of housing and care accommodation services. Melanie has over 12 years internal communications (IC) experience which has been achieved in the sectors of music, charity, constriction, housing and care accommodation. She started her career in PR before taking on IC responsibility in blended PR and IC roles and then moving full-time into IC nine years ago. Her key skills are strategy and planning, translating fast-moving complex information, stakeholder management, project management and crisis comms. She is an IoIC Ambassador and Mentor, a member of the CIPR, a trained coach, and is an advisor in inclusion, wellbeing and technology working groups.

Head of Colleague Communications and Engagement, Coventry Building Society

Kirsty has 15 years’ experience leading internal communications functions and teams, and has been at Coventry Building Society since 2013. Working for a purpose-led organisation with high employee engagement may suggest there’s not much to do from an internal communications perspective, but this isn’t true. Continuing to improve, add strategic value and develop with a small budget and within a regulated financial services environment presents interesting challenges!

Kirsty is an IoIC Fellow and Board Director. In addition, she regularly supports the judging of IoIC’s National Awards and is an #IChoseIC Ambassador.

Paula’s just taken up an interim internal communications role for BRE. Before that she was Head of Employee Communications at SSE Energy Services and was responsible for communicating its acquisition by OVO and leading communications for the subsequent integration. She’s also held communications positions at Thames Water, Southern Water and United Utilities, and worked in both interim and permanent roles. In the dim and distant past she worked for Future Publishing as the editor of now-defunct titles including PC Format and PC Answers.

Liam FitzPatrick is the co-author of Successful Employee Communications and writes extensively on change communications good practice.

Consultant | Coach | Mentor

An accomplished internal communication, engagement and change expert, and founder of Fabrica Group, Sarah has over 20 years’ experience helping businesses piece together strategy and objectives with people and the way they work. Passionate about people and performance, building trust and developing strong and lasting relationships are core to Sarah’s approach.

Website: www.fabricagroup.co.uk

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DRPG Creative Communications Agency

With over 350 thinkers, makers and doers, our creative geniuses across the globe are used to tackling the big (and small) communication projects, while still providing the more meaningful client experience you’d expect from a much smaller agency.  Whether it’s some strategic brand insight into exactly why your current prospects aren’t biting or an all-guns-blazing employee experience, we’re your single point of contact for researching, creating and executing communications that engage, excite and inspire in every detail!

Lindsay Uittenbogaard is the Director of Mirror Mirror – an alignment tool that identifies and measures alignment gaps.  She is a published author in the Gower Handbook of Internal Communications, accredited with the Reputation Institute and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She has 15 years’ experience in employee communication leadership positions in the Energy, IT, and Telecoms industries.

Mike Klein is Director of Changing the Terms  - a communication consultant and strategist, operating in the areas of messaging, research and network analysis, and focused on the dynamics of companies and communities. Mike is a US/UK dual citizen. He holds an MBA from London Business School and recently moved to Reykjavik. He is the former Regional Chair of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Russ Norton, head of client experience, scarlettabbott. 

Russ leads the client experience at employee engagement consultancy scarlettabbott. He is also a passionate champion for diversity and inclusion, regularly advising global brands on D&I strategy and building more inclusive cultures.

Dawn Robinson has been working within internal communications at global travel company TUI for over five years, recently completing a secondment as Head of Internal Communications and Engagement for the Destination Experiences part of the business. Before travel, she started her IC career in banking, working for what is now Santander, before spending the next decade in IC, PR and marketing for UK housing association, The Guinness Partnership. Lockdown time has fueled a personal passion in gardening and cooking, with the rise of sourdough (bun pun intended) and fresh-from-the-garden lunches, featuring heavily between Teams calls and emails.

Catharina Weegh has 10+ years of experience working in a variety of corporate communications roles with strong focus on strategic internal communications, change and employee engagement.

Currently working for Cobham Mission Systems she leads on the company’s communications & marketing activities and internal engagement programme for 2,200 UK and US based employees.

Lauren has over 10 years’ experience in all things people; starting her career in HR she transitioned into internal communications. Holding roles with many well-known brands, she has experienced complex markets and organisations with varying demographics including global audiences. As Lauren has progressed through her career, she has led company-wide messaging, managed organisational change projects and experienced mergers and acquisitions where employee engagement has been key. Her current role with Auto Trader leads people communications for over 800 employees that are based across two offices (Manchester and London) as well as a remote team working across the UK. She works closely with the CEO and the Operational Leadership Team to ensure plans and strategy are cascaded appropriately for the audience, as well as supporting the wider business to create, develop and execute a strategic internal communications programme to support Auto Trader’s goals and priorities that enhance employee engagement.

Helen has over 13 years of internal and external communications expertise, working across a number of private sector industries including fashion and recycling. Helen is Head of Communications at leading UK sustainable waste management company, Biffa plc and holds a Masters in Internal Communications Management.

A partner at Peppercomm London, Courtney helps organizations create strong employer brands and improve employee engagement. She is passionate about internal communications, is a certified global project manager, and is known for providing outstanding client service. At Peppercomm, she spearheads the internal communications efforts for several B2B clients in the U.S. and in Europe, and manages global integrated campaigns. She calls Vancouver, New York and London home.

  • 28th June 2022
    Head of membership at CIPD and former IoIC board member Oli Howard has recently joined our impressive list of internal communicators who have received Fellowships. Here, he shares some valuable...
  • 21st June 2022
    Our latest IoIC Fellow Joanna Parsons, head of internal communications & culture with teamwork, discusses overcoming a case of imposter syndrome, being a “silo surfer” and the impact...
  • 14th June 2022
    After over 20 years of working in internal comms, Jo Bland, head of strategic engagement and internal communications at NHS Digital, has received a Fellowship in the profession. She tells us why...
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