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.

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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.
2018 Keynote
2018 Keynote
  • Optimising & transforming human performance:

    Professor Steve Peters, Author of ‘The Chimp Paradox’, Consultant Psychiatrist and Performance Coach for Elite Sport
    In a workplace where optimum performance is the goal, Steve will explain how to understand what makes you tick and how to use your mental muscle to greatest affect. Join Steve to explore and discuss: • An insightful understanding of what makes people optimise performance. • Skill-based acqui...

Industry Sessions
Industry Sessions
  • Corporate change and transformation

    External pressures as a result of advanced and changing technology, customer behaviour, the repercussions of GDPR and Brexit uncertainty – all warrant internal responses. What is Comms’ role in helping organisations on their change and transformation journey? Do you have the expertise to prepare and respond appropriately? A successful corporate case study on how one company has managed change and transformation.

    Engaging the workforce of the future

    As the boundaries between internal and external communications blur, should companies continue to have separate systems for these functions? As silos breakdown, the division between Marketing, Corporate Communications and HR is blurring. How should communications professionals respond to their changing function?

  • Brexit

    As the exit date to leave the EU in March 2019 approaches, join our Brexit expert to discuss what ‘the deal’ will look like and the implications for British business and the effects for communications professionals as they guide their organisations toward business outside the EU.

    Accountable Communications

    Making the most of your communications budget – how do you measure the ROI of your internal and external Comms strategy? Assessing what really works and drives accountability in the communications function.

  • The new media landscape

    New practices have become evident during the Brexit and General Election campaigns both here, in the USA and in France. The effects of recent developments in media use by both politicians, and corporations, the influence of ‘echo chambers’, how audiences are fragmenting and how they are being reached with a new accuracy.

    The fragmented media picture

    Keeping up with digital marketing innovation developments, new platforms and the skills needed to maximise the opportunities offered.

  • Corporate brand/purpose

    Do you have an integrated brand strategy? Do your product, employee and corporate brand align. Ensuring the component parts of your overall strategy are effectively integrated.

    Crisis Communications

    With threats from cyber-attacks, corporate scandals and failures and pressure group social media campaigns – how to assess and execute a damage limiting and effective response.

  • Creative Content

    Developing relevant content for increasingly diverse platforms to generate new customers and re-engage with existing clients.

    Using data and analytics

    To improve communications effectiveness.

Personal & business development sessions
Personal & business development sessions
  • Resilience

    In the face of constant change, personal resilience is becoming increasingly important. It is essential to know how to support leaders and organisations whatever change you, your organisation and your people are experiencing. This session will provide not just analysis, but tips, tricks and tools to build resilience with teams and individuals.

    Transferring sporting success to your organisation

    The world of sport can offer us real lessons in changing culture, attitudes and behaviour. We will look at how these changes have created success and how you can apply these massively transferrable skills into your organisation.

  • One-to-one coaching

    Take the opportunity to spend time with one of our highly qualified and experienced coaches to explore and reflect upon whatever’s on your mind. Whatever it may be, our coaches will bring their full attention and an independent perspective to the conversation, leaving you with more options and ideas and better resourced to move forward.

Agency Presentations
Agency Presentations
  • Agency Presentations

    You will be given the opportunity to nominate the session you most want to hear to suit your business and professional needs.

  • 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.


  • 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
  • Evening Entertainment

    After dinner speaker (Thursday 22 November) TBC

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 ...

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