The Xec. Course Programme 2021/2022
September 2021
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Thurs.2 14:00 – 17:00 Induction n/a Elizabeth Bananuka, Founder & CEO, BME PR Pros & Blueprinted
Tues.21 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Internal Comms CPD Uzma Lodhi,
Senior Associate Director, Internal Communications, APCO Worldwide
Thurs.23 14:00 – 15:30 Masterclass:
Introduction to the CIPR
CPD Jon Gerlis,
Public Relations & Policy Manager, CIPR
Thurs.30 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: People Management / HR Masterclass People Mgt. & Leadership Katie Gallop,
HR Consultant
September 2021
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Thurs. 2 14:00 – 17:00 Induction n/a Elizabeth Bananuka, Founder & CEO, BME PR Pros & Blueprinted
Tues. 21 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Internal Comms CPD Uzma Lodhi,
Senior Associate Director, Internal Communications, APCO Worldwide
Thurs. 23 14:00 – 15:30 Masterclass:
Introduction to the CIPR
CPD Jon Gerlis,
Public Relations & Policy Manager, CIPR
Thurs. 30 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: People Management / HR Masterclass People Mgt. & Leadership Katie Gallop,
HR Consultant
October 2021
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Fri.1 12:30 – 14:00 Masterclass: Nurturing Young Talent People Mgt. & Leadership Claire Quansah, Head of Client & Business Development, Social
Tues.5 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: From Agency Leadership to Inhouse Leadership – Making The Transition Leadership Mary Whenman, Director, Communications, British Business Bank
Fri.8 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Avril Lee, Head of Healthcare Europe, Zeno Group, Chair CIPR Diversity & Inclusion Network
Thurs.21 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Leadership Leadership Jo-ann Robertson, Partner & CEO, Ketchum UK
October 2021
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Fri. 1 12:30 – 14:00 Masterclass: Nurturing Young Talent People Mgt. & Leadership Claire Quansah, Head of Client & Business Development, Social
Tues. 5 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: From Agency Leadership to Inhouse Leadership – Making The Transition Leadership Mary Whenman, Director, Communications, British Business Bank
Fri. 8 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Avril Lee, Head of Healthcare Europe, Zeno Group, Chair CIPR Diversity & Inclusion Network
Thurs. 21 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Leadership Leadership Jo-ann Robertson, Partner & CEO, Ketchum UK
November 2021
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues.2 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: How to Run a Comms Directorate Leadership Doyel
Maitra, Group Communications Director and Board Member, Hachette UK
Fri.12 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Charandeep Singh, Deputy Chief Executive,
Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Thur.25 15:00 – 16:30 Masterclass: Supporting Disabled Talent People Mgt. & Leadership Sara Hawthorn, Managing Director, ‎InFusion Comms / Founder, DisAbility PR Network
November 2021
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues. 2 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: How to Run a Comms Directorate Leadership Doyel
Maitra, Group Communications Director and Board Member, Hachette UK
Fri. 12 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Charandeep Singh, Deputy Chief Executive,
Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Thur. 25 15:00 – 16:30 Masterclass: Supporting Disabled Talent People Mgt. & Leadership Sara Hawthorn, Managing Director, ‎InFusion Comms / Founder, DisAbility PR Network
December 2021
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues.7 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Building an Anti-Racist Agency Business Mgt.,
People Mgt. & Leadership
Julian Obubo, Brand Strategy Director & Partner, Manifest
Fri.10 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Alicia Solanki, Managing Director Client Experience, Ketchum UK
Wed.15 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Strategic Planning Business Mgt. & Leadership Ketchum UK
December 2021
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues. 7 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Building an Anti-Racist Agency Business Mgt.,
People Mgt. & Leadership
Julian Obubo, Brand Strategy Director & Partner, Manifest
Fri. 10 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Alicia Solanki, Managing Director Client Experience, Ketchum UK
Wed. 15 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Strategic Planning Business Mgt. & Leadership Ketchum UK
January 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues.4 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Podcasting CPD Bieneosa Ebite & Paul Nezandonyi, News Bants Presenters & Producers
Fri. 7 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Nana Berchie, Global Head of Internal Communications and Engagement, Arcadis N.V.
Fri.14 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Preena Gadher,
Co-founder & Managing Director, Riot Communications
Thurs.20 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Business Financials Business Mgt. & Leadership Reesha Rajani,
Commercial Director, GOLIN/Virgo Health
January 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues. 4 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Podcasting CPD Bieneosa Ebite & Paul Nezandonyi, News Bants Presenters & Producers
Fri. 7 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Nana Berchie, Global Head of Internal Communications and Engagement, Arcadis N.V.
Fri. 14 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Preena Gadher,
Co-founder & Managing Director, Riot Communications
Thurs. 20 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Business Financials Business Mgt. & Leadership Reesha Rajani,
Commercial Director, GOLIN/Virgo Health
February 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues.1 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Data Analytics & Insights CPD Kristian Hoareau Foged, Founder & Director of Analytics & Strategy,
Simply Thought
Fri.11 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Alex Myers,
Founder & CEO, Manifest Group
Thurs.24 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: New Business Business Mgt. & Leadership Daljit Bhurji,
CEO &
Co-Founder, Diffusion
February 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues. 1 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Data Analytics & Insights CPD Kristian Hoareau Foged, Founder & Director of Analytics & Strategy,
Simply Thought
Fri. 11 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Alex Myers,
Founder & CEO, Manifest Group
Thurs. 24 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: New Business Business Mgt. & Leadership Daljit Bhurji,
CEO &
Co-Founder, Diffusion
March 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues.1 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Running an Employee-Owned Agency Business Mgt. & Leadership Ruth Kieran,
CEO, Cirkle
Fri.11 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Matt Brown, Director of News & External Relations,
Transport for London
Wed.23 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Navigating a Crisis Business Mgt. & Leadership TBC
Thurs.24 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Crisis Communications CPD Matt Peacock, Partner, Blurred & Zaiba Malik, Founder & Director, Coppergate Communications
March 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues. 1 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Running an Employee-Owned Agency Business Mgt. & Leadership Ruth Kieran,
CEO, Cirkle
Fri. 11 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Matt Brown, Director of News & External Relations,
Transport for London
Wed. 23 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Navigating a Crisis Business Mgt. & Leadership TBC
Thurs. 24 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Crisis Communications CPD Matt Peacock, Partner, Blurred & Zaiba Malik, Founder & Director, Coppergate Communications
April 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues.19 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Navigating Wimbart Through Crises Business Mgt., People Mgt. & Leadership Jessica Hope, Founder & CEO, Wimbart
Fri.22 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Nik Govier, CEO & Founder, Blurred
Wed.27 09:30 – 12:30 Training Day: ESGP Business
Mgt., CPD & Leadership
Nik Govier,
CEO & Founder & Anisha Vikram Shah, Consulting Director, Blurred
Wed.27 14:00 – 17:30 Training Day: Twitter CPD & Leadership David Wilding,
Director of Planning,
Twitter UK
Thur.28 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day:
The Guardian
CPD & Leadership Brendan O’Grady, Director of Communications, Guardian Media Group
Fri.29 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day:
PRovoke Media
CPD & Leadership Arun Sudhaman, CEO & Editor-in-Chief & Maja Pawinska Sims, Associate Editor, EMEA, PRovoke Media
April 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues. 19 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Navigating Wimbart Through Crises Business Mgt., People Mgt. & Leadership Jessica Hope, Founder & CEO, Wimbart
Fri. 22 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Nik Govier, CEO & Founder, Blurred
Wed. 27 09:30 – 12:30 Training Day: ESGP Business
Mgt., CPD & Leadership
Nik Govier,
CEO & Founder & Anisha Vikram Shah, Consulting Director, Blurred
Wed. 27 14:00 – 17:30 Training Day: Twitter CPD & Leadership David Wilding,
Director of Planning,
Twitter UK
Thur. 28 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day:
The Guardian
CPD & Leadership Brendan O’Grady, Director of Communications, Guardian Media Group
Fri. 29 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day:
PRovoke Media
CPD & Leadership Arun Sudhaman, CEO & Editor-in-Chief & Maja Pawinska Sims, Associate Editor, EMEA, PRovoke Media
May 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues.3 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: The Marketing/PR Mix CPD Adrian Ma, MD,
Fanclub PR
Fri.13 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Indy Selvarajah, Executive Creative Director,
Ketchum London
Thur.26 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Responding to a Creative Brief CPD & Leadership Janelle Feliciano, Associate Creative Director, Weber Shandwick
May 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues. 3 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: The Marketing/PR Mix CPD Adrian Ma, MD,
Fanclub PR
Fri. 13 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Indy Selvarajah, Executive Creative Director,
Ketchum London
Thur. 26 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Responding to a Creative Brief CPD & Leadership Janelle Feliciano, Associate Creative Director, Weber Shandwick
June 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues.7 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Campaigning CPD & Leadership Imran Hussain, Director of Policy & Campaigns,
‎Action for Children
Thur.9 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Career Planning / Personal Development CPD Lisa Quinn, Founder, Lisa Quinn Coaching
Fri.17 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Ronke Lawal, Founder,
Ariatu PR
Wed.29 10:00 – 16:00 PRovoke Media Event CPD & Leadership Arun Sudhaman, CEO & Editor-in-Chief & Maja Pawinska Sims, Associate Editor, EMEA, PRovoke Media
Thur.30 12:00 – 14:30 Final Presentation at Google UK
Thur.30 17:00 – 23:00 Celebration Event
June 2022
DATE TIME TOPIC STREAM TUTOR(S)
Tues. 7 16:00 – 17:30 Masterclass: Campaigning CPD & Leadership Imran Hussain, Director of Policy & Campaigns,
‎Action for Children
Thur. 9 10:00 – 16:00 Training Day: Career Planning / Personal Development CPD Lisa Quinn, Founder, Lisa Quinn Coaching
Fri. 17 12:30 – 14:00 ‘My Career’ Talk Leadership Ronke Lawal, Founder,
Ariatu PR
Wed. 29 10:00 – 16:00 PRovoke Media Event CPD & Leadership Arun Sudhaman, CEO & Editor-in-Chief & Maja Pawinska Sims, Associate Editor, EMEA, PRovoke Media
Thur. 30 12:00 – 14:30 Final Presentation at Google UK
Thur. 30 17:00 – 23:00 Celebration Event
Streams:
CPD: Sessions designed to help course attendees hone their existing comms & PR skills.
Business Management: Sessions to help course attendees run a successful business.
Leadership: Sessions designed to promote great leadership.
People Management. Sessions designed to promote great management.

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