Presentations Academy 2023

Elections and working in a changing political environment

Kelly Quigley-Hicks, Association of Electoral Administrators,

Matt Nicholls, LGA

Additional resources and links


How to engage the silent majority in consultation

Counter Context 


State of the industry

Mandy Pearse, CIPR


Using data to hone your messages, channels, save you time and money

Alex Waddington, Founder of Whetstone Communications


Campaigns masterclass – fostering case study

AdSmart from Sky 

Emma Hollingworth, Rotherham Council

Rotherham’s video


Modern social media -Threads, TikTok, X, AI

Dan Slee, Director, Dan Slee C2 Ltd


Automating digital campaigns




Wellbeing & resilience

Georgia Turner, Stategic Communications Consultant
Helena Hornby, Staffordshire County Council


Comms strategy

Andreas Christophoru, Tower Hamlets Council
Darren Caveney, Comms 2 Point 0


The importance of Internal Communications across different organisations

Althea Loderick, Chief Executive of Southwark Council


The value of culture in place-shaping

Sarah Latcham, Communications Lead, Liverpool City Council,
Helen Clarke, Director of Communications, Lewisham Council
Geoff Cowart, Head of Communications, Hammersmith and Fulham Council


Engaging a young audience

Antonia Dixey, Participation People

Hello LGComms Academy Delegates!

Thank you to everyone who listened and participated in the Engaging Gen Z session.

Anya, Andrew, Azisa and I left feeling energised and full of ideas to help improve our offer to both young people, but also to lovely communications, media, and PR folk. Thank you!

We promised you a few gifts, including:

  1. Our Presentation 5 Take Away’s understanding, authenticity, engagement, youth proof and choice.
  2. Quiz Questionswe would be honoured if you ran this activity in your teams.
  3. Your Top 10 Challenges Snapshot for Engaging Gen Z–  in the public sector (thanks ChatGPT for helping me streamline this task!)
  4. Top 10 Solutions to Engaging Gen Z

We are going to take these back and with our wider Young Consultant Team and will publish our solutions on our socials by 15 December 2023.

  1. One final gift – we would LOVE to offer you and your colleagues a 10% discount on any of our youth engagement offer’s… when you / they mention LGComms 2023 before end of March 2024.

Thank you once again for being brilliant delegates.

We hope we left you with:

  • A sense of fun
  • Helped you learn something new
  • Gave you a fresh perspective on existing challenges

With best wishes for safe journeys home,

Antonia, Anya, Andrew and Azisa.


LGcomms Diversity & Inclusion survey findings

Michael Moore, Head of Communications, Cheshire East Council


Building trust through social media: connecting communities now and in the future

Helena Hornby, Head of Campaigns, Social Media & Internal Communications at Staffordshire County Council



Low carbon, climate change and communicating

Yogita Popat, Assistant Director for Sustainability, Barnet Council
Kerry Middleton, Head of Communications, Marketing & Engagement, Oxfordshire County Council
Michael Stringer, Assistant Director of Communications & Engagement, Surrey County Council