The Communication Directors' Forum
The Communication Directors' Forum
HomeConferenceDelegatesSuppliersPhoto GalleryUpdatesVenue

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.

For further information on CPD accreditation please visit :

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
  • WEDNESDAY KEYNOTE: Inspiring those around you and motivating your team: lessons business can learn

    Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, Chair of UK Sport and Britain’s Most Decorated Female Olympian’
    Dame Katherine Grainger is Britain’s Most Decorated female Olympian of all time. A peerless leader both on and off the water, Katherine is the newly appointed Chair of UK Sport – one of the most powerful positions in UK sport. In this role, she will focus on sustaining success and creating ...

  • THURSDAY KEYNOTE: Understand your mind, change your world.

    Dr. Tim O’Brien, psychologist, performance consultant and author

    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.


  • 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 ...

Industry Sessions
Industry Sessions
  • Communications have changed dramatically over the past decade, what does this mean for the future?

    Luke Gregory, Global Business Marketing, Facebook
    We recently went through the fastest shift in our lifetime. The shift to Mobile. Mobile has reshaped people’s expectations over the kinds of messages they receive from brands. Regardless of what that message is, you need to be delivering it in a way that feels personal, relevant and immersive. ...

  • 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...

    Why leaders need to master storytelling.

    William Montgomery, CEO, TEN
    This talk will show how narrative can spark the imagination and galvanise people into action better than dry data alone. That makes storytelling a tool communication professionals can use to transform numbers, research and analysis into compelling, motivating images. Join William to learn how ...

  • Strategic communication, wicked problems and humble intelligence.

    Professor Paul Willis, Professor of Corporate Communication, The University of Huddersfield
    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...

    Preparing for the expected – and the unexpected! How do you manage reputation and plan your communications strategy in an uncertain world?

    Alistair Dewar, Group Corporate Affairs – Lloyds Banking Group
    In just over three years we’ve had two general elections; a vote to leave the European Union; a referendum on Scottish independence; continued economic uncertainty; and interest rates staying lower for longer. Throw in the fact that no-one would have guessed this series of events would occur – or...

  • Making a communications vehicle that works!

    Sanjay Patel, EMEA Innovation Connector at Coca-Cola Services
    Selling in the Elevator… how to create momentum and impact! How to create momentum and impact for a project across stakeholders both internally and externally, leading to rapid adoption and roll out. Sanjay Patel is a seasoned cross functional and cross category innovator with over 20 years...

    Developing and implementing your Influencer Communications Strategy.

    Social Media Expert, ZC social Media.
    Learn how you can integrate influencers into your communications strategy plan. Zoe will share with you how you capture the imagination of your influencers to get them involved in your campaigns and attract the most appropriate for your message and your brand. Learn how to: • Find rel...

  • The power of purpose: How Internal Communications can ignite the power of purpose to drive business performance.

    Christine Crofts, Formerly Global Internal Communications Director, Aviva
    “In business, it doesn't matter what you do, it matters why you do it." This quote from Simon Sinek's book 'Start with why', alludes to the power of purpose in business and why some businesses are good, and others are great. In this session, we will explore how internal Communications can hel...

  • Uncertain times for business - a political and economic update.

    Dr Jamie Whyte, Director of Research, The Institute of Economic Affairs
    Recent events have shown us that anything can happen and we are now in an era of ‘surprise politics’ with knock-on effects for the economy. Who knows what’s in store in the short term, never mind the next few years! Dr Jamie Whyte, Research Director at the Institute for Economic Affairs will...

  • Creating engagement in an uncertain world: strategy, purpose and structures to enable success.

    Louise Breed, Head of Engagement and Internal Communications, Swinton Insurance, Ghassan Karian, Managing Partner and Found, Karian and Box
    The interplay between technological advancements and shifting societal preferences means the world continues to change at an ever-increasing pace. Organisations are faced with a fundamental shift in how they develop their strategy, purpose, and structures to not only survive, but thrive in this ...

  • Change the people or change the people!

    Christopher Barrat, International Speaker & Author for The Greystone Partnership
    Many people have change fatigue – even though we talk of ‘change as the new normal’ it still does not feel very comfortable or fun for the majority of our staff. The same old faux optimism just doesn’t cut it and you need a more refreshing and radical approach. In this challenging and thought...

Discussion Groups
Discussion Groups
  • You’ve had a security breach: now what?

    Tom Berry, Board Advisor to ClubCISO, the members forum for Chief Information Security Officers. Phil Cracknell, Interim Cyber Security/Risk Advisor, Non-Exec Director, CISO
    Despite all your best efforts and preparations, it’s probably only just a question of time before your organisation suffers a data protection breach. So: • What do you do about it? • How bad is the problem? • Can it be fixed before you have to go public? • How quickly will this escalate?...

  • Engaging employees and managers when change has become the norm.

    Ian Barrow, Client Services Director, Karian and Box
    Join this discussion to hear how others have engaged employees in a change-as-usual business landscape: - When organisational change – driven by economic turbulence, political shocks like Brexit and radical technological innovation – becomes business as usual, how do you keep employees engaged...

  • Evolving the traditional ‘internal’ vs. ‘external’ approach to communication whilst maximising your budget.

    Dr Paul Jones, Senior Engagement Consultant, Karian and Box
    Join this discussion group to share your experience and learn from others about the latest thinking on: • Challenging the outdated ‘internal’ and ‘external’ communications labels – colleagues and customers don’t make this distinction, why should we? • Maximising your budget and value by crea...

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!

  • 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...

  • Fast Asleep - Wide Awake: the link between sleep, productivity and performance

    Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, physiologist and sleep therapist.
    This seminar will address stress, pressure, performance optimisation, burnout prevention and offer practical solutions to deal with 21st century insomnia. The following will be covered: •Sleep, productivity and performance – What’s so important? •Typical patterns of sleep disruption •An int...

  • The World’s Best Wines and Cheeses.

    Steve Parker, Founder, Cheese and Wine Tasting Events.
    To mark the occasion of Richmond Events’ last ever ship-based forums, we are bringing you a very special tasting event. For the past 5 years, Steve Parker has entertained our clients with his lively and entertaining ’talks with samples’. We have brought Steve back for this landmark event to...

    Tour de France.

    Steve Parker, Founder, Cheese and Wine Tasting Events.
    To mark the occasion of Richmond Events’ last ever ship-based forums, we are bringing you a very special tasting event. For the past 5 years, Steve Parker has entertained our clients with his lively and entertaining ’talks with samples’. We have brought Steve back for this landmark event to...

One to one executive coaching
One to one executive coaching
  • Executive coach 1

    Nis Arend
    Nis Arend is an award-winning High-Performance Coach, Speaker and Founder of The Corporate Confidante – a global training boutique that specialises in elevating the talent of the top 1%, without the fluff. With a strong track record, Nis is renowned for rapid results, building high performing tea...

  • Execurive coach 2

    Jenifer Richmond
    Jenifer Richmond is a qualified Executive Coach and Leadership mentor to ILM 7 and is a certified NLP practitioner. She has a proven track record as an HR Professional and Senior Director for National Express UK Coach, Amey and The Boots Company and has made significant contributions to strategy ...

  • Executive coach 3

    Karen Kimberley
    Karen Kimberley is a highly experienced executive coach, specialising in communication, confidence and capability, helping leaders to engage their people. Approved by the government as a Growth Accelerator coach for growing businesses, she is qualified in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavi...

2017 Networking
2017 Networking
  • Valuable time with your peers

    * * * * * * * * * * *

    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...


Evening Entertainment
Evening Entertainment
  • Geoff Miller: After dinner speaker (Thursday 5th October)

    Geoff Miller
    Geoff Miller spent 20 years on the professional cricket circuit representing Derbyshire, Essex, Natal and England. He travelled to all the major Test-playing countries and played with or against some of the greatest players in the game. Geoff played in 34 Test Matches; 25 One Day International...

General Enquiries:

T: +44 20 8487 2200
F: +44 20 8487 2300

T: +1 212 651 8700
F: +1 212 651 8701

T: +41 61 335 94 44
F: +41 61 544 74 44


T: +39 02 312009
F: +39 02 3313976

Get in touch

 Security code