Number 10 comms… ‘under new management’

By Ian Silvera Everything but the erection of a big plastic banner – restaurant-style – has been done to spell-out that Number 10 is ‘under new management’.  For those not familiar with the noisy handover, Team Carrie (Symonds) has prevailed over Team Dom (Cummings) in Downing Street, with Boris Johnson’s partner earning herself a new…

Coronavirus and Communication. How to keep the public health messaging simple.

By Daffyd Rees, Leadership Communications Implicit in today’s announcement from the Prime Minister is a recognition that the official public health messaging on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 is not having the desired impact either on our individual or our collective behaviours.   The Government knows that now is the time to act. The…

The WHO’s handling of the ultimate crisis comms project

By Joe Cockerline, Senior Consultant “Covid-19 has changed our world. It has brought people, communities and nations together, and driven them apart.” This sobering assessment came from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as it embarked on the next stage of the biggest crisis management project in its history. Since the beginning of the COVID outbreak and…

Jurgen Klopp – Lessons in Leadership

By former BBC sports journalist (and lifelong Liverpool fan) Dafydd Rees, Partner I’m the Normal One. Jurgen Klopp sought to distance himself from the macho rhetoric of other football managers of his generation on his arrival back at Anfield in 2015.  Yet, if there’s one thing players, fans and pundits alike are agreed on is…

Zoom has created video stars – everyone now needs to be a broadcaster

By Guy Smith, Partner Leaders with charisma were once able to captivate audiences on stage at conferences. Post-lockdown, and everything is different. The explosive growth in video conferencing since March has been one of the defining elements of the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom, Teams and Hangout have become as ubiquitous in our language as biro, hoover…

What tweeting leaders could learn from Spider-Man

By Ian Morris, Partner With great power comes great responsibility. Politicians and business leaders would do well to remember such sage advice from Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben. I was reminded of the web-slinger’s mantra when reading of recent tweets from two of the twittersphere’s most colourful characters, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, and the US…

Brexit: Looking for Leaders

The need for compromise and the danger of complacency by Dafydd Rees It’s a real pity that Theresa May and her Cabinet weren’t able to be in the audience for last week’s inaugural lecture in Newgate Communications’ Leadership Principle series. Professor Stefan Stern, author of the newly published book “How to be a Better Leader,”…

Brexit: Time Is Not On Our Side

By Dafydd Rees If you are looking for some sense of perspective of how far the UK’s collective corporate reputation has fallen this festive season, just watch the anchors on international news TV channels grappling with the bizarre political machinations at Westminster. Here’s a flavour of some of the questions from bemused US TV news…

Redleaf rebrands as Newgate

Today, Porta Communications Plc announced that its 100% owned subsidiary, Redleaf Communications, has been fully integrated into its global strategic communications agency, Newgate Communications and will now operate under that brand. The agency operates in 16 offices across 7 countries offering consultancy in areas such as public affairs, digital, research, financial and professional services, community…