CoronaCon

9 & 16 June | 4pm to 6pm

Organised by The Chartered Institute of Public Relations Greater London Group (GLG)

Attending a CIPR Greater London Group event gains CIPR members 5 CPD points.

Buy Tickets: 9 June   Buy Tickets: 16 June

Organised by The Chartered Institute of Public Relations Greater London Group

The CIPR GLG has organised a unique event - CoronaCon - to address the issues public relations practitioners have faced, and are continuing to deal with, during the coronavirus pandemic, and what the future holds.

Set over two days, on the 9th and 16th June, we have an array of exciting, expert speakers imparting advice and personal experiences from which members can glean insights. One of the main points is appreciating that each and every member is not alone.

Buy your tickets today to secure your place - discounted rates for CIPR members

CIPR Members can buy tickets at a discounted rate of £10 on EventBrite. Non-Member tickets are just £15:

Attending a CIPR Greater London Group event gains CIPR members 5 CPD points.

Buy tickets now for 9 June 2020

Buy tickets now for 16 June 2020

You can follow all of the discussion around the event using the hashtag #CoronaCon

All proceeds from ticket sales to help those affected by the pandemic

All proceeds from the ticket sales for this event will be divided between the CIPR's iProvision charity and The Felix Project.

iProvision is the benevolent fund of the CIPR, which for more than 50 years has been making a meaningful difference to the lives of CIPR members who have fallen on tough times. Its services are needed now more than ever.

The Felix Project is one of London’s three biggest food redistribution charities, which has provided emergency response services for the capital during the coronavirus crisis.

Day One Speakers

Day One Speakers

Event Theme: Where are we in the wake of the pandemic, what can we learn from the experience?


Buy tickets now for 9 June 2020

Jenni Field

President of the CIPR; Founder of Redefining Communications

Presentation title: "How has the PR industry responded to COVID-19?"

Founder and director of Redefining Communications, Jenni Field has over 16 years’ experience in communications. Jenni has worked at Director level for a global pharmaceutical company and run the global communications function for a FTSE250 business. A Chartered PR Practitioner, Jenni is a Fellow and Board Director of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), as well as the President for 2020

Diane Hinds

Owner of The Entertainment Bureau; CIPR GLG Committee member

Presentation title: Finding one's resilience in the face of mortality during COVID-19 - A personal perspective from a PR living with Sickle Cell Disease.

Publicist, film producer, visiting lecturer and speaker, Diane is something of a maverick. She has pushed the boundaries of reputation management, launched opera singer Lesley Garrett, CBE and represented artists like the controversial international and New York Times best-selling writer Anne Perry; Jermaine Jackson, Nigel Kennedy and Dudley Moore - whose secrets will follow her to the grave! She also teaches PR techniques on a UCLA Extension programme. Diane lives with Sickle Cell Disease.

Alex Myers

Founder and CEO of Manifest Group; PR Week's Global PR Professional of the Year 2020

Presentation: "How has COVID-19 accelerated and evolved the purpose economy, and what are its lasting impact for purpose-driven consumer brands?"

Founder of PR Week’s International Agency of the Year 2020 (amongst a number of other accolades), Alex is a creative branding, integrated comms and public relations expert, working across a variety of industries to help brands redefine their category. Alex has overseen the growth of agency Manifest from one person to a multiple award-winning agency with offices in London, Manchester, New York and Stockholm.

Tony Langham

Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Lansons

Tony co-founded Lansons in 1989 and has advised governments, organisations and companies on their image and reputation for over 30 years. He has an active non-executive career and has been named by Debrett’s as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK. His work is split between building reputations for organisations growing rapidly in the market and protecting the reputations of those with a leading position to maintain.

Polly Cziok

Director of Communications, Culture and Engagement at Hackney Council

Presentation title: "Connecting with Communities during the Covid Crisis"

Polly is Director of Communications, Culture, and Engagement at the London Borough of Hackney. Polly joined Hackney in 2003 as a communications officer. She leads a multi-disciplinary department, specialising in brand development and corporate narrative, reputation management, and community engagement. Polly and her team work with a number of other local authorities and public agencies, providing specialist consultancy services. Polly works regularly with the LGA to provide peer support to other councils. Prior to joining Hackney, Polly worked for Islington Council, and for an MP in the House of Commons.

Natalie Orringe

CMO, Access Intelligence Group

Presentation title: "Analysing the impact on the PR industry – Presenting research findings from 500+ Heads of Comms/PR online conversations to reveal trends in outlook and confidence throughout the crisis.”

Natalie Orringe is Chief Marketing Officer at the Access Intelligence Group which includes Vuelio, ResponseSource, and Pulsar. Her key responsibilities include strategy and developing insight into how the PR, communications and media industries use technology. Prior to Access, Natalie worked in PR and communications for more than 18 years, most recently as Group Innovation Director and Deputy MD at Teamspirit.

Hosted by

Darryl Sparey

Managing Director of Hard Numbers

Darryl is a committee member of the CIPR’s Greater London Group, and one of the organisers of CoronaCon. Darryl is the co-founder and MD of Hard Numbers, a recently launched marketing and communications consutlancy. Hard Numbers create campaigns that drive pipeline, sales and company growth for fast-moving business-to-business companies, and is focused on delivering tangible, demonstrable return on investment.

Day Two Speakers

Day Two Speakers

Event Theme: What does the future look like, post-lockdown?


Buy tickets now for 16th June 2020

Andrew Bruce Smith

Director, Escherman

Presentation title: "What does the future hold for the BIG digital platforms (Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon) following Coronavirus? And the implications for the PR industry?"

Andrew Bruce Smith is a specialist digital PR, social media, SEO and analytics trainer and consultant. Andrew has been a consistent digital innovator and among the first UK communications practitioners to exploit email (1991), the World Wide Web (1994) and Twitter (2007). Andrew is one of the leading voices in the industry on how PR professionals can use insights and data from Google to inform their communications strategy.

Ronke Lawal

Founder of Ariatu PR

Presentation title: "Future-facing brands, how consumer brands can "COVID-proof" themselves for the future using digital communication tools"

Ronke runs Ariatu PR, whose clients include lifestyle and consumer goods companies, creative entrepreneurs and social enterprises. She is a passionate advocate for enterprise, equality and equity through diverse and inclusive leadership. Ronke spent two years as a Director at the CIPR and was named one of the Top 400 Women of the Year for her work with the Islington Chamber of Commerce. She is also a regular guest contributor and co-host on Talk Radio, offering her insights on pop culture, current affairs, business and more.

Sarah Waddington

Founder of Astute.Work, Former CIPR President

Presentation title: "What lessons can be learned by senior management from their response to COVID-19 and their crisis comms preparedness? What the #FuturePRoof business needs to do for future challenges"

Sarah is a Chartered PR Practitioner and former CIPR President who helps organisations to articulate their purpose and optimise performance. She is the founder of #FuturePRoof, a series of books and a community aimed at reasserting the role of public relations as a management function.

Sharon O'Dea

Co-Founder Lithos Partners

Presentation title: "The future of work in the wake of Covid-19. Social distancing has accelerated moves towards remote working by a decade within just a few weeks. But what happens next? How do we adapt our organisations - and our communications - to a remote-first world"

A communicator by trade but a geek by nature, Sharon has been advising some of the world's best known companies on how to use digital to engage their staff and customers for over a decade. She's Co-Founder of boutique digital comms consultancy Lithos Partners, and a regular speaker and writer on the digital workplace and the future of work.

Hosted by

Darryl Sparey

Managing Director of Hard Numbers

Darryl is a committee member of the CIPR’s Greater London Group, and one of the organisers of CoronaCon. Darryl is the co-founder and MD of Hard Numbers, a recently launched marketing and communications consutlancy. Hard Numbers create campaigns that drive pipeline, sales and company growth for fast-moving business-to-business companies, and is focused on delivering tangible, demonstrable return on investment