Event | 25 Jun 2024

Mastering the Message: Crisis Communications Preparation and Tactics for Leaders

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Date: Tuesday, 25th of June
Time: 9am arrival for a 9.30am start; 40 min panel discussion followed by a 15 min Q&A; finish at 10.30am
Location: The Ivy Club, In the Loft, 9 West Street, WC2H 9NE
Organiser: The Work Crowd, Hanson Search, and the PRCA in conjunction with The Ivy Club
In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, leaders must be equipped with effective crisis communication skills to navigate the complexities of public relations during times of turmoil. This panel discussion provides executives and communication professionals with the essential insights and strategies needed to handle crisis situations and manage their reputations with confidence and competence. The panel will share their insights, experiences, and views on managing crisis communications and protecting reputations effectively.
Key Themes
  • Understanding crisis dynamics
  • The importance of planning and preparation
  • Does AI have a role in crisis communication preparation
  • Building trusted relationships
  • How to work with the media in a crisis
  • The role of humility and authenticity for leaders
  • Stakeholder engagement, the importance of internal communications in a crisis

Who Should Attend?

Ideal for:
  • CEOs, COOs, and other C-suite executives
  • Public relations and communication professionals
  • Marketing and brand managers
  • Any leader responsible for organisational communication
  • Patrick Harrison: Partner at Highgate, a CEO & Sovereign advisory firm specialising in high-stakes issues. Patrick has over 30 years of experience helping prominent individuals and senior leaders in high-profile institutions and businesses to navigate complex environments, including international crises and major issues. He was previously Director of Corporate Affairs at Weber Shandwick and Press Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales. Patrick began his career as a journalist and spent eight years as a Government spokesperson under both Conservative and Labour administrations.
  • Adam Fresco: Independent consultant focusing on crisis management, media training, and PR strategy for brands, CEOs and high-net-worth individuals . Previously, Adam was the Global Communications Director of Karhoo and Media Relations Director at Mission Media. He has close relationships with senior journalists, helping to manage media narratives. He spent twenty-five years in the media and was a news editor, senior reporter and crime correspondent at The Times
  • Bella von Bohlen: Managing Director at FTI Consulting. Before joining FTI Consulting, Bella was a barrister specialising in financial crime at QEB Hollis Whiteman in London. A leader in the Crisis and Litigation team, Bella advises clients on both crisis preparedness and live response. Notable recent experience includes advising a Magic Circle law firm on its response to a major cyber incident, carrying out a complex crisis preparedness exercise for global online gaming company and delivering a programme of spokesperson training for the senior management team at a FTSE 100 commodities trader. Bella brings her legal and corporate experience to bear in advising clients how best to manage the reputational risk of complex and challenging moments.
Madeleine Weightman Co-Founder of The Work Crowd, a global network of independent Consultants, working across the Marketing, Communications, and PR mix. 
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