The Communication Directors' Forum
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What does your current personal development plan look like? Is one of your goals to look up from your desk and seek out a wider view of the comms world? Maybe you want to spend some time focusing on your own professional development or strengthen your network of senior peers?

Whatever your personal aims and ambitions are, The Communication Directors’ Forum offers a fresh perspective on the daily challenges you face. 

For further information please contact David Clark.

CPD Certified

cpd_certified_rgb.pngThe Communication Directors' Forum qualifies for CPD credits. All delegate attendees will receive a CPD certificate after the event.

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Take part in the programme

If you would like to participate in the programme or recommend any speakers or topics please email David Clark or call on +44 (0) 20 8487 2203.
2017 Keynotes
2017 Keynotes
  • FRIDAY KEYNOTE: Mars One -It’s out of this world!

    Bas Lansdorp M.Sc., Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mars One
    Mars One invites you to learn more about the next giant leap for humankind! The mission goal is to establish a human settlement on Mars as the stepping stone for the human race on its voyage into the universe! As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations ...

  • THURSDAY KEYNOTE: Dr. Tim O’Brien, psychologist, performance consultant and author “Understand you

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    This keynote is about you. Tim proposes that you have two stories inside your head: one is about your life and the other is controlling your life. The one that is controlling your life is your Inner Story. This keynote will be about how your mind creates your Inner Story and how changing it can be the fast way to a better you. It will also help you to understand how powerful your mind is in directing how you think, feel and behave. You will be able to take away learnings that you can instantly apply to your personal and professional life.

    Tim O’Brien is a psychologist who has received awards for his pioneering work in the field of emotional and behavioural change. He has been a performance consultant to teams in a range of global businesses across a variety of sectors. He has been Club Psychologist for three English Premier League football teams including over ten years with Arsenal FC and has designed and delivered leadership programmes for companies such as Nike and Red Bull and has coached individuals from President and CEO to emerging leader level.

    Tim is Visiting Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at the world-leading UCL Institute of Education. His latest book, Inner Story’, is endorsed by Sir Elton John and Arsene Wenger.


Industry Sessions
Industry Sessions
  • How to launch your ‘impossible’ enterprise.

    Bas Lansdorp M.Sc., Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mars One
    The power of persuasion is vital to launch any new endeavour, business or personal. How do you get the backing for your mission? Join Bas on an incredible journey and discover that ability within yourself!

  • The how and why of creating a global employer brand in our hyper-connected world.

    Charu Malhotra, Head of Global Digital Channels & Employer Brand, Ferrero International S.A.
    • Lessons on what to do • When to do it • What not to do • And why the ‘Glassdoor effect’ is pivotal in communicating and marketing your company brand to employees and external talent. Charu Malhotra has worked within employer branding, digital communications and talent for over 10 year...

  • Strategic communication, wicked problems and humble intelligence

    Dr Paul Willis, Principal Researcher, Leeds Business School
    Reputation management, employee engagement, culture change - How to analyse and tackle complex communication challenges. This session introduces the concept of ‘wicked problems’ and applies the idea to strategic communication. Comparing communication issues against a ‘wicked index’, Paul highl...

  • How to make a great presentation every damn time!

    David McQueen, Founder and Managing Director, Narratively
    This workshop explores the core elements of memorable presentations and will examine: • Uncovering the big idea • The development of core messages and storytelling • Understanding the impact of your voice • Developing platform skills David McQueen is an international speaker, fac...

Discussion Groups
Discussion Groups
Personal & business development session
Personal & business development session
  • Understanding the psychology of higher performing teams: what’s really going on?

    Dr Tim O’Brien, psychologist, performance consultant and author
    Whereas Tim’s keynote address was focussed on individuals this session is all about teams. Every team that Tim has worked with - in business and in sport - identifies and develops its Inner Story as it is the most important lever for performance. In this practical session Tim will help you to ana...

    How your mind can make you more successful.

    Dr Tim O’Brien, psychologist, performance consultant and author
    Defining what success means and looks like for you is critical if you want to succeed. However, controlling what is going on inside your head is even more critical in getting you to where you want to be. Successful people are focused – but do you know the one thing that everyone must focus on to ...

  • How to launch your ‘impossible’ enterprise.

    Bas Lansdorp M.Sc., Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mars One
    he power of persuasion is vital to launch any new endeavour, business or personal. How do you get the backing for your mission? Join Bas on an incredible journey and discover that ability within yourself!

2017 Networking
2017 Networking
  • Valuable time with your peers

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    In addition to the main conference programme, delegates have many opportunities to spend time with peers - learn from them, help others with issues that they have successfully overcome and extend personal networks.

    One-to-one meetings
    We will set up one-to-one meetings between delegates who are keen to meet each other in an individual rather than group setting. 

    ‘Extra-curricular’ activities and entertainment
    We know that delegates appreciate some ‘down time’ at the event and to make full use of the ship’s facilities we will be offering some non work related activities for delegates to take part in:-
    • Wine and cheese tasting
    • Casino lessons
    • Aerobics

    Informal networking
    There are countless opportunities to informally network with all forum attendees – speed meetings on the first night are a great ice-breaker, relax with a coffee in one of the ship’s many lounges during free time and the after-dinner entertainment offers some light relief after a busy day.


2017 Partners
2017 Partners

    Representing the creators & commissioners of film, video, digital & live events

    Created from two highly successful associations – eventia representing the live event world, and IVCA representing the visual communication sector; EVCOM is comprised of a wide variety of leading professionals, agencies, freelancers, destinations, production companies and suppliers &ndas...


    Public Relations Consultants Assocation (PRCA)

    Representing the voice of UK PR

    The PRCA is the professional body that represents UK PR consultancies, in-house communications teams, PR freelancers and individuals. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and internal communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and...


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