CBI and M&C Saatchi PR head-up CIPR National Conference


The CIPR's National Conference returns for 2018 to explore accountable leadership, ethical frameworks and how social purpose can link to organisational objectives for the greater good.

M&C Saatchi PR's Global CEO Molly Aldridge and the Confederation of Business Industry's (CBI) Deputy Director-General Josh Hardie will speak at the CIPR National Conference at the British Library in November. 

Chaired by Past President Professor Anne Gregory, the interactive conference offers delegates access to a host of high-level speakers and practical workshops.  

The Conference takes place from 9:30am on Thursday 29 November. For more information - including details of a super-early bird rate of £150+VAT for members - visit the Conference website


About the speakers

Josh Hardie is an experienced corporate affairs specialist. He joined the CBI in 2016 and leads its overall policy development, media and campaigning work. From Brexit and global trade to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign, 'Everyone's business', all Josh’s focus is aimed at helping business to tackle inequality and raise living standards.

Elizabeth Filippouli is a social entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of Global Thinkers Forum (GTF), an international organisation that works as an agent for positive change by connecting international thought leaders and promoting values-based leadership, collaboration and cross-cultural understanding. GTF is a London-based organisation with presence in 7 countries: UK, USA, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, UAE, Saudi Arabia and a fast growth rate.


Tom Levitt is a writer and consultant on responsible business, a field he has worked in since leaving Parliament in 2010 after 13 years as a Labour MP. In the Commons, he focused on communities, charities and international development, and he recently helped to found the anti-poverty social enterprise Fair for You.


Molly Aldridge is the global CEO of M&C Saatchi PR and responsible for eight markets worldwide. She has vast agency experience including Cohn & Wolfe, Hill & Knowlton and Weber Shandwick, and was previously the Global MD of Slam within IPG, which she set-up and took from being a UK team of four people to a global network operating across 12 markets.

Dr Diana Maynard is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, where since 2000 she has led the development of Sheffield’s open-source multilingual text analysis tools, and has led research teams on a number of UK and EU projects. Her main research interests are in tools for language technology, information extraction, sentiment analysis, social media analysis and terminology.

Conference Chair, Professor Anne Gregory is Chair of Corporate Communication at the University of Huddersfield and a past President of the CIPR. As President of the Institute, she led the CIPR to Chartered status, advocating ethical practice, professionalism and education.

Further speakers will be announced in due course. For information, visit the website