This time next week I’ll be heading off to the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) conference at the Hilton Brighton Metropole (1&2 May) – with a great deal of excitement and a tiny touch of nerves. For I’m going as not just a delegate but as co-organiser. With IoIC President Suzanne Peck chairing the organising committee, I’ve worked with a great bunch of people over the last nine months to pull it all together. Putting on an event like this can be nerve-wracking at times. But the great thing about the committee is the good humour we share, the support there is for each other and the fun we have working together.

This year we’re adopting a new format, cutting the conference down to one day and one night without sacrificing any loss of quality or people’s chance to network.

We’re focusing on the power of information – smarter working in a collaborative world. We have some great sessions lined up:

  • Jon Hawkins, Head of Brand Language at BT and Neil Taylor, Managing Partner at The Writer, on how they got hundreds of thousands of people, on almost every continent, writing in the same voice
  • Russell Grossman, Director of Communications at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on how internal communicators can raise their reputation and help their organizations to work smarter
  • Neuroscience expert Hillary Scarlett's workshop will explain what puts our brains into a constructive, receptive state where we embrace change and how to persuade the most hard-headed of leaders that communication, involvement and transparency have a direct impact on organisational performance
  • Mairi Doyle, Director of Internal Communications at BUPA on how its CSR strategy engages employees towards its purpose of ‘Longer, healthier, happier lives
  • Helen Ives, People Director at Peer 1 Hosting, on how their approach to engagement engenders a business culture of ‘anything is possible’
  • There are also sessions on what Gen Z expects from business and communicators followed by a debate on the introvert versus extrovert personality traits and what IC practitioners need to be to do their role effectively.

The conference is a great opportunity to step off the day-to-day merry-go- round to re-think, re-charge, re-shape and re-connect with what‘s great in internal communication right now.

If you haven’t signed up, there’s still time. The conference kicks off at 6pm on Thursday 1st May and closes at 4.30pm on Friday 2nd May.

Member price: just £550 (ex VAT) including all meals and overnight accommodation

Day Delegate rate for Friday only - Member price: £350 (ex VAT) including lunch

To book, email

To download the full programme click here

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