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Michelle Solomon, Business Director, Internal Communications
Michelle is a brand and communications strategist with 22 years’ experience in numerous blue chip companies including E.ON and Severn Trent. Charming, tenacious and persistent, Mich delivers projects with unrivalled efficiency for clients including the National Grid, Shelter, Food Standards Agency and British Red Cross. You can find out more about Michelle here.
Callum Gill – Head of Insight and Innovation at DRPG
As Head of Insight and Innovation, Callum operates across all of global creative communications group DRPG’s divisions, bringing teams together and identifying the most important trends and developments in communication, marketing, live events, video, digital, design and exhibition. He pulls together sector insights, developments in technology and general business trends, and has a wealth of knowledge within various industries and how they use comms. 
 
Group Head of Internal Communications and Engagement for Pennon Group Plc.

Introverted internal communications advocate. Believer in the power of people. Lover of creative communications. Inspired by the IoIC community every single day!
 
Almost 20 years (yikes) experience of internal comms and engagement - both in-house and agency, commercial and charity sectors. 
With experience across social, PR and experiential, Abi believes that great work is only made possible through great client service. Her reverence for honesty, simplicity and content that cuts through the noise has seen her build and implement integrated comms platforms for a diverse list of household-name clients.
 
As AB’s head of client services, Abi’s responsible for understanding client needs, building (and sometimes challenging) the brief, overseeing delivery and evaluating performance. Other interests include dog-spotting, slow-flow yoga and eating.
Internal Communications and Culture Director, Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • A creative, hard-working and proactive employee communications and engagement professional with over 17 years' experience and a background in HR;
  • Extremely passionate about improving the employee experience;
  • Ability to translate complex business strategy, announcements and initiatives into clear and engaging communications and activations;
  • Significant business partnering experience with a proven ability to work with employees of all levels, partnering closely with executive leadership teams;
  • Experience of working within global organisations across a number of industries.
An experienced communications professional with skills across a range of disciplines, including digital communications, corporate and executive communications, purpose lead organisations, brand management, corporate responsibility, content marketing and crisis communications.
 
I have provided insight and guidance to board, executive and senior leadership as well as supporting communicators across organisations. I have a strong track record of leading diverse teams with global responsibility in complex organisations. I am focused on creating working environments where high-performing teams can deliver for businesses, their customers and stakeholders. 
I’m an internal communication and engagement specialist currently heading up global communications at Xe.
Before this, I spent ten years with The Partnership (more commonly known as John Lewis and Partners & Waitrose and Partners) where I could usually be found supporting large-scale and complicated change programmes or ‘translating’ for our Personnel team to help them effectively communicate to 85,000 Partners.
I passionately believe in the power of connecting people to their business and each other - making them feel included, important and impactful. This is why I do what I do.
I am an award-winning senior internal communication manager at Nationwide Building Society. I’ve worked in internal communications for over 15 years, and I’m currently leading our change comms team. I’m a member of the IoIC, currently completing the Masters in Internal Communication and passionate about the development of IC as a profession.
Any organisation's biggest asset are its people. I specialise in enabling organisations to engage their people through innovative and evidence based internal engagement strategies. 
 
A communications professional for over 17 years I have worked across a range of Whitehall departments and public bodies and am currently heading up internal engagement at the British Red Cross. 
 
I was also recently (May 2019) appointed as a Director on the Board of the Institute of Internal Communications to support the development of the internal communications profession across the UK.
 
An experienced leader and manager, I have led teams of all sizes, seniority and experience, both global and local, to develop and deliver people engagement strategies. I am constantly learning how to better coach and inspire my teams as well as educating myself on the latest developments in the world of internal communications and engagement. 
 
I am comfortable working closely with CEOs, Ministers and senior stakeholders and able to provide them with confidence to improve engagement with their people as well as developing their personal engagement style. 
 
Strategic communications professional responsible for account and business growth.
 
Experience includes Marketing and Communication strategy and planning, Internal Communications, Sponsorship and Partnership Management, Event Management and Business and Relationship Development. 
 
Now working at Top Banana who are an award winning global creative communications agency delivering memorable experiences and communications which cover the entire communications channel mix. 
Saskia Jones, Communications Consultant and Coach
I'm a Communications Consultant and Coach with wide-ranging experience, including within Oxfam, Cancer Research UK and The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Prior to consultancy, I was Head of Communications Engagement at Oxfam, leading the charity's brand, integrated communications, internal communications and translation teams. 
 
Sharon Viccars, Internal Communication at Domino Printing
I work in internal communications, creating and developing programmes and practices to ensure that staff are informed, connected, involved and motivated towards one common purpose - the success of the business.
 
Charity is a Specialist in how adults learn and develop and is passionate about outstanding communication. A career spanning Commercial litigation, government funded training adults in Maths and IT, teaching new recruits how to be great trainers and teachers, curriculum management, internal communication and intranet management, corporate L&D, integrating ICT into education, managing global virtual learning environments and developing innovative learning products and running global professional communities connecting Specialists in forums and webinars to facilitate professional development discussion and debate. Charity delights in good communication in all forms; taking thoughts and concepts and organising them into something which is structured, practical and digestible for others.

Charity’s success has meant that she has now started her own consultancy Elementful supporting organisations and individuals get specific about their own human elements.
Deputy managing director, Golin.
With experience across sectors and geographies, I am passionate about helping organisations tackle business challenges and unlock growth, through powerful external and internal communications.
 
From building brand narratives to devising creative campaigns, I blend PR, social and digital comms - truly integrated, but always earned-first.

Sector experience includes: financial and professional services, technology, manufacturing, marketing services, food and retail, energy, industrials and the built environment.
Binu has a decades’ worth of experience in communications having started her career working in several global PR consultancies in India, after her graduation from Cardiff University in 2008. She spent the last five years in internal communications working at Alshaya, a major international retailer in the Middle East. In 2017, one of the company-wide campaigns she helped deliver won an Institute of Internal Communications award.
Two years, two breakdowns, three therapists, countless books, podcasts, pills and walks leaves you exhausted when you’re trying to manage your mental health and thrive at work.
After spending 11 years in communications, latterly as Head of Corporate Communications at consumer champion Which?, Jo took redundancy in 2019 to set up mad and sad club to provide honest, human and practical advice to help organisations start conversations and ultimately take action on mental health at work.
She also writes, speaks and runs an online community for those who feel a bit mad and sad sometimes.
Nick Andrews is business development director at employee experience agency Sequel Group. A former chairman of the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC), Nick was a journalist on local newspapers in Essex before moving into the world of corporate communication. As part of his role at Sequel, Nick is responsible for sharing the agency’s insight on key issues via a variety of methods, including Sequel Presents, a quarterly breakfast seminar for communicators and HR professionals.
Kate Jones FIIC, Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs, Tarmac
 
Kate is a qualified internal communications specialist with over 20 years’ experience, both agency and in-house, across a number of industries. She is elected Chair of the Institute of Internal Communication, an IoIC Fellow and was named IoIC Internal Communicator of the Year 2016.Operational change and restructure communication, strategy engagement, leadership communication and developing best-in-class channels have been constant features across Kate’s career. She and her teams have won many engagement awards for channels and campaigns, as well as the IoIC’s In-House Team of the Year at both regional and national level. 
Twitter: @how_IC_it
Wendy, CEO at TechSmith, is a values-first leader and is committed to the practice of putting customers first. She is focused on leveraging more than 25 years of experience in product innovation, growth strategy, and global leadership to expand TechSmith's leading position in the visual communication space.

Laura Gayle is a full-time blogger who has ghostwritten more than 350 articles for major software companies, tech startups, and online retailers. Founder of www.BusinessWomanGuide.org, she created her site to be a trusted resource for women trying to start or grow businesses on their own terms. She has written about everything from crowdfunding and inventory management to product launches, cybersecurity trends, web analytics, and innovations in digital marketing.

Will Mullins is a writer with a Master of Arts degree in English. He has also headed his own award winning film and commercial production company, served as the Assistant Director of a growing film festival, worked as a Marketing Coordinator for a start up, and worked as a Business Analyst and Product Manager.
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