The Comms Hub

First floor breakout area

The Comms Hub is a presentation space where delegates can hear from a range of communications speakers in an informal setting. Topics at the Hub range from leadership and digital marketing to spot mentoring and coaching sessions.

Spot Mentoring

These are 15- minute ‘taster’ sessions to give you an insight into the benefits of mentoring, and they are an opportunity to discuss, one-to-one, with an experienced leader, any work issue you may have.

Taking place in the Comms Hub area on the first floor on both days between 12noon and 1pm

Register to take part in these sessions here:

Wednesday 18 October - 12noon - 1pm

Thursday 19 October - 12noon - 1pm



Introduction to Executive Coaching

This session will allow you to explore the world of executive coaching and encourage you to consider coaching as a development option for yourself or your people. This is an informative and interactive session that will give you a short, group coaching experience.

Register for this session here:

Wednesday 18 October - 10.45-11.30

Wednesday 19 October - 15.00-15.30



Intro to executive coaching presentation

"Qual and Quant research: top tips for getting actionable insight"

Communicators are relying more on informative, robust insight, which isn't always easy to come by. Want to know what people think? Well, just ask them. This brief introduction to qualitative and quantitative research will equip you with the basics, giving you the confidence to be able to roll out surveys and host focus groups, while helping to avoid the pitfalls of bias and leading questions.

Register for this session here:

Wednesday 18 October - 11.40-11.55

Leadership: from Consultant to Director

Toby Orr will be speaking about his transition from his role as a Senior Partner at Portland, a London-based communications consultancy, to Government, where he is now Director of Communications at the Department for International Trade. He will be talking about lessons in leadership, the shared tradecraft of communications, and some of the differences when it comes to objectives and operating models.

Register for this session here:

Wednesday 18 October - 13.15-13.45

Communicating with modern Britain: accessible communications

Information is more available than ever, which means public service communicators have to work harder than ever to reach target audiences. What happens if your audience cannot see, hear or understand your messages? With over 13 million people living with a long term illness, impairment or disability in the UK, it is important to know what simple steps to take to make your communications inclusive and accessible to all. Come along to this interactive session with quizzes, videos and discussion to find out more.

Register for this session here:

Wednesday 18 October - 15.00-15.30

Communicating with modern britain presentation

Together we can tackle child abuse.

This government-led campaign starts from the premise that safeguarding children from abuse and neglect is everyone’s responsibility – shared by families and communities, as well as practitioners working with children and local and national government. Join us as we share an honest account of our journey to deliver this ambitious campaign, ensuring more people have the confidence to act and report their concerns.

Register for this session here:

Wednesday 18 October - 15.30-16.00

If you think it, report it presentation

Introducing Generation M: Reaching out to Muslim audiences

What does it mean to be young and Muslim today? There is a segment of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims that is more influential than any other, and will shape not just the future of Muslims, but also the world around them: meet ‘Generation M’. In this session, Shelina will explore how to communicate with this increasingly important audience and give a practical guide including what are the do’s and what are the don’ts.

Register for this session here:

Thursday 19 October - 10.45-11.15

Coffee & Comms: "Running (a campaign) like Mo Farah"

'Ever wanted to run a 13-minute 5K? Well, maybe we can't help with that, but we can help you run a great comms campaign. In a session inspired by Sir Mo's Olympic success, we'll outline the simple steps of the OASIS model for campaign planning.'

Register for this session here:

Thursday 19 October - 11.40-11.55

How to run a campaign presentation

Creative Leadership - Want to be more creative and innovative at work?

In an ever more complex and uncertain world, creativity and innovation are increasingly important. Creativity has moved to #3 in the World Economic Forum top skills needed in 2020. Yet, it's easy to get stuck in established patterns of thinking. This interactive session, which draws on the latest thinking on creativity, will give you practical tools and techniques to help inject creativity into your thinking, and leadership style, that you can take straight back to the office. While the session is open to all, it will be especially relevant if you currently lead a team. The session is run by Sara Vogt, Head of Corporate Communications at the Ministry of Justice and Sarah Jennings, Head of Strategic Communications at BEIS.

Register for this session here:

Thursday 19 October - 13.15 - 14.00

Creative Leadership presentation

Digital Marketing

This session will look at the key skills in digital marketing including developing an online user journey as well as tracking, optimisation and evaluation, using the BEIS National Living Wage/National Minimum Wage campaign as a case study.

Register for this session here:

Thursday 19 October - 15.30-16.00

Digital marketing presentation