Wednesday 30 November 2022

Please note that the first part of the programme is for both in-person and virtual attendees, while the sessions from 14.50 onwards are for in-person delegates only.

You can find out more about the individual speakers on our Academy speakers A-Z page, and book your ticket(s) via the LGA website.

Sign in at reception:
Local Government Association
18 Smith Square, Westminster
London, SW1P 3HZ
10.00-10.10Welcome and introduction
Alix Macfarlane, Joint Chair, LGcomms
Session 1
Learning from the big stuff: How to ensure a strategic approach when the crises keep coming (streamed content)

Lee Cain, Founder of strategic advisory firm Charlesby and former Director of Communications at No10 Downing Street

Kim Sklinar, Group Internal Engagement Manager at AutoProtect Group and UN Volunteer
Session 2
Diversity and inclusion: The importance of representation and how we can all make a difference (streamed content)

Nana Crawford (she/her), Award-winning manager of an award-winning social team for the British Red Cross

Sagar Sharma, Head of Communications, London Borough of Hounslow
Session 3
Cost of Living Crisis: Key challenges for communicators this winter (streamed content)

Nicky Old, Director of Communications, Local Government Association

Gareth Bell, Communications and Communities Service Manager, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Tom Horn, Senior Communications Officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council
13.00-14.00Lunch and networking
Session 4
The power of communications in leadership: Working with and influencing senior leaders (streamed content)

Mark Fletcher-Brown, communications consultant and public sector comms expert

Raj Tulsiani, CEO and Founder of Green Park
14.45-14.50 Break
Session 5
Breakout sessions, three options to choose from:

POSTPONED: Climate change, pressures on local services

This session will not be delivered at Academy due to circumstances beyond our control. The topic will be added to the year round seminar offer for LGcomms members

How to maximise positive communications impact: Liverpool hosting Eurovision 2023 and Leeds 2023 Year of Culture – Smith Square Rooms 1 & 2

Camilla Mankabady, Communications Director, Liverpool City Council

Abigail Scott Paul, Director of External Relations and Strategic Partnerships, LEEDS 2023, Leeds Culture Trust

Wellbeing and resilience
– Bevin Hall (main room)

Georgia Turner, Communications Consultant, Georgia Turner Communications; Associate, WestCo Communications; Peer Associate, LGA;  Executive member, LGcomms

James Bird, Managing Director SoCrowd

Bridge Aherne, Communications Consultant, Bridget Aherne Communications
Session 6
Breakout sessions, three options to choose from:

Campaigns, creativity and evaluation – Smith Square Rooms 1 & 2

Rishi Moulton, Data and Insight Manager, Westco

James Morton Communications Consultant, Alive With Ideas

John-Paul Danon, Sales Director and co-founder of CAN 

Lauren Castle, Communications Consultant, Alive with Ideas

How to make the most of future channel use – Smith Square Rooms 3 & 4
We will be launching a new practical guide on channels – from old school vinyl to augmented reality.
Speakers will come from a range of private and public sectors, highlighting the most effective channel mix and case studies. 

Dan Hare, Chief Operating Officer at e-shot

Chris Dooley, Head of Social Impact at JCDecaux

Tiffany St James, Managing partner and Co-Founder, Curate24

Making TikTok work for you – Bevin Hall (main room)

Zander Mills and Jack Grasby, Corporate Communication Manager and Campaigns Manager, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
16.55-17.25Looking to the future: Q&A about what’s coming up in the year ahead?
Andy Allsopp, Joint Chair, LGcomms
Drinks reception: Raise a glass and network with colleagues – Open Council, 7th floor
A choice of alcoholic and soft beverages will be provided.
LGcomms Academy 2022: Programme