Public services communications conference

Organiser: How-Do
Location: The Comedy Store, Deansgate Locks, Manchester
Phone: 01706 828855

The How-Do Public Services Communications Awards 2011 will be presented along with a half-day conference at The Comedy Store, Deansgate Locks, Manchester on Tuesday 15 November.

The conference will provide an opportunity for communicators to explore a range strategies that seek to manage the impact of the economic downturn in the public sector. Rather than just focusing on doing more for less in campaigns, the session will highlight strategic approaches linked to leadership, team management and partnership working. The seminar will be interactive and participants will have an opportunity to share their own experiences.

Speakers will include:

  • Alicia Custis, Head of communications, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Andy Green, Partner, GREEN Communications
  • Tom Stannard, Director of policy and communications, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • Sally Sykes, Communications director, Health & Safety Executive
  • Paul Willis, Director, Centre of Public Relations Studies, Leeds Business School

The programme for the afternoon will be as follows:

1:30 – Registration & coffee

2:00 – Welcome & introduction

2:20 – Unstupid thinking – the key to unlocking your personal and business innovation & creativity

2:40 – Collaboration, cost-cutting and digital: opportunities for public service comms

3:00 – Drop the dead donkey. What role can the media play in our brave new world?

3:20 – Earning our place with partnerships and new ways of working

3:40 – Coffee

4:00 – Case study

4:15 – Interactive panel session

5:00 – Buffet dinner

6:00 – Awards ceremony

8:00 – Awards close

The awards will showcase and celebrate the very best communications that the public services sector has to offer as well as providing a fantastic networking and business development opportunity for all concerned.

Tickets for the event are as follows:

Early Booking Rates (if booked by Friday 21 October):

£65 + VAT for individual places
£300 + VAT for 5 tickets
£550 +VAT for 10 tickets

Standard Rates:

£80 +VAT for individual places
£375 + VAT for 5 tickets
£700 + VAT for 10 tickets

To book your place please contact Emily Martin at Don't Panic, call 01706 828855 or e-mail