Finding the value in PR and communications

I listened to an interesting discussion by senior communications directors at this year’s European Circle of Communicators held in Rome – www.communicators-circle.eu In advance of the event participants had taken part in extensive research about trends in communications, discussed whether PR was ‘dead’ and debated how effective we are as an industry at supporting the […]

What will the communications department of the future look like?

It is no secret that social media has turned the role of the communicator on its head. Just as the iPod did with consumers, or cloud computing has done in business technology, the emergence of Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms have had a disruptive influence on the communications world. But while a lot […]

An interview with The Sunday Times on non-exec careers

I was recently interviewed for an article in The Sunday Times’ Appointment section, advising on how to acquire the skills required to swap a full-time role for a non-executive portfolio. In a feature which explores why younger executives are now looking to follow this career path, I also talk about how I built towards becoming […]

Joining the Circle of European Communicators in Rome

I am delighted to announce that I will again be on the Steering Committee for the Circle of European Communicators event in Rome this September. Each year, leading corporate communications figures from across Europe gather to ‘talk about everything but communications’. Instead, the event aims to cover subjects ranging from politics, media and the economy to […]

The Evolution of Business Communications

A lot is made of the way the role of business communications has changed in recent years. While not every change has been critical, it cannot be ignored that major global factors are now at play and have developed to influence the way in which companies and organisations are doing business – and consequently having […]

We Need More CMOs and CCOs on Boards

With companies facing continuous reputational risks in today’s hyper-connected world, having marketing and communications experience on the board should be a no brainer. But while modern boards are hugely inclusive in terms of gender and ethnicity, we often do not see such variety in the skillsets.

Private Equity Has Arrived in Force

Michael Murphy Consultancy

Is consolidation slowing down in the marketing services & communications sector ? Has the birth rate for new consultancies slowed in the challenging economic times of recent ?

Joining Up a Country

I was fascinated to listen yesterday to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, The president of Estonia, talking in London about the role of communications and technology in promoting innovation in a country.