Join us in Bristol for a free learning and networking event on 22 March where you will:

  • Learn digital engagement best practices with your peers
  • Hear from digital leaders in the public and private sectors
  • Find out how to prepare your comms for the GDPR
  • Discuss effective behavioural change, channel shift, and income-generating campaigns
  • Find out what’s working and not working for others
  • Get some ‘headspace’ out of the office and enjoy a free lunch and beverage

Your organisation is under more pressure than ever to increase public understanding and involvement in key initiatives, often without the resources, time, and skills required to do the job properly.

So how are government and public sector organisations using digital communications and engagement techniques to warn, inform and educate communities in these challenging times? How can communicators inspire citizens to make positive behavioural changes, at the same time as making a difference to the financial health of their cash-strapped organisations?

Register now for this free event to hear from your peers, share your experience, and take a moment out of the office to reconnect with your missions.

You’ll also learn more about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the steps you must take now to ensure your comms are fully compliant come 25 May 2018.


Learn from these government experts:

Helen Bramah
Communications Manager for Major Projects
Bristol City Council

Sally Northeast
Deputy Director for Communications and Participation
Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

Ross Gregory
Perago Wales

Glen Ocsko
Account Executive

Gareth Phillips
Communications Manager
Torfaen County Borough Council

Victoria Ford
Perago Wales

Darren Caveney

Joanna van der Veen
Marketing and Communications Officer
Bristol City Council

Aaron Barnes
Multimedia Officer
Gloucestershire County Council

John Porter
Lead Digital Project Officer
Gloucestershire County Council

Neil Jones
Head of Communications, Engagement and Civil Contingencies
Torfaen County Borough Council


10.30 - 11: Registration and Refreshments

11 - 11.05: Welcome

11.05 - 11.15: Welcome to Bristol: Channel Shift in a Digital City 

Helen Bramah, Communications Manager for Major Projects, Bristol City Council
Joanna van der Veen, Marketing and Communications Officer, Bristol City Council 

11.15 - 11.45: Increasing Volunteer Recruitment to Improve Communities

Gareth Phillips, Communications Manager, and Neil Jones, Head of Communications, Engagement and Civil Contingencies, Torfaen County Borough Council

11.45 - 12.10: Comms Entrepreneurs and Income Warriors

Darren Caveney, Co-creator, comms2point0
Glen Ocsko, Account Executive, Granicus

12.10 - 12.40: Embedding Strategic Email Marketing in Local Government Digital Communications

John Porter, Lead Digital Project Officer, Gloucestershire County Council

Aaron Barnes, Multimedia Officer, Gloucestershire County Council

12.40 - 1.35: Lunch and Networking

1.35 - 1.50: Embedding a Culture of GDPR-Compliance in Every Organisation

Victoria Ford, Director, Perago Wales


1.50 - 2.10: Re-engaging the Unengaged Ahead of GDPR (and Q&A)

Glen Ocsko, Account Executive, Granicus

2.10 - 2.35: The NHS Recruitment Challenge – How Dorset Put Itself On the Map

Sally Northeast, Deputy Director for Communications and Participation, Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

2.35 - 3.05: Break and Networking

3.05 - 3.55: Transformation Through Digital and Cultural Change Session and Workshop

Victoria Ford, Director & Ross Gregory, Director, Perago Wales

3.55 - 4: Learning Points and Closing Words

4 - 5: Please join us for a complimentary drink at Prince Street Social, BS1 4PS (a 2-min walk from M Shed)



M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

Walking: M Shed is located on the harbourside, an easy 5-10 minute walk from the city centre or a pleasant 20 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station.

Biking: There is a dedicated cycle track to the south/back of M Shed and several bicycle stands on Museum Street, outside the south/back entrance of the building. There’s also a tyre pump at the end of M Shed on Wapping Road.

Parking: M-Shed is about two miles from the M32 motorway. There are two car parks nearby at The Grove (BS1 4RB) and Wapping Wharf (BS1 4RH). There are five disabled spaces at The Grove and three next to Brunel’s Buttery. There are four accessible spaces in the Wapping Wharf car park.

Train: It’s about a 20 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station to M Shed.

Bus: You can catch any bus with a city centre drop off – you’ll be dropped off at Broad Quay which is about a five minute walk away.