School Governing

I am the Vice Chair of Governors at Bishop Road Primary School, a double outstanding school and one of the largest primary schools in England with over 700 pupils. Every year I am asked to speak at the Year Six levers assembly. Here is what I said to them this year. I am the vice […]

Send A Cow

In February I became a trustee of Send A Cow.  In 2002 I was working for Children’s Hospice South West and met Christa Friend, a very gifted graphic designer, counsellor, mother, wife and now – great friend.  Christa’s husband Andrew had, 25 years ago, I learnt, been one of a group of five Devon farmers […]

Spreading the love

Today has been a day for spreading some love and joy.  I know it’s not December (there is in fact a heat wave here in Bristol), but I do feel like it’s the season of goodwill.  I’ve been emailing the men and women who have been shortlisted for the CIPR’s Young Communicator of the Year […]

NHS communication: value for money

For the last five years I was Head of Communications for University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, an organisation of more than 8,000 members of staff and a budget of over £500 million pounds a year.  During the last year, I was chair of the Foundation Trust Communications Network. During that time, my work was dominated […]

Membership and responsibility

I am the chair of the membership committee for the CIPR.  Which means we talk about and influence the policy decisions that will be taken by the CIPR National Council.  Why am I writing about this? Because I wonder how many CIPR members know, or care, about how the CIPR functions. Last week saw a great […]