Committee 2017/18

Every member of the CIPR Inside committee is an internal communications professional. They each bring their experience, knowledge, skill, ideas and contacts to the group. Together they run the group and make it what it is in their spare time.

They organise events, the conference and awards. They work on developing new ideas, finding and sharing information and research and ensuring the group remains at the forefront of industry knowledge. They also make a commitment to CPD, following a path of development ensuring their knowledge is current and leading our group with best practice.

Being a part of the committee presents some amazing opportunities to add to your skills set, experience and knowledge bank.


Chair: Jenni Field (nee Wheller)

Jenni has worked in a variety of industries since graduating with a Marketing degree. In her eight year career, five years have been focussed on developing her skills in Internal Communications.

With experience in both PR and Internal Communications, as well as in-house and agency roles Jenni has the commercial understanding and experience to deliver great results. In her spare time Jenni enjoys socialising with friends, travelling and taking on new challenges.




Vice Chair: Paul SummerhillPaul Summerhill

Paul is Executive Communications & Community Relations Manager for Leidos where he develops, plans, co-ordinates and conducts internal communications, employee engagement and community outreach activities across UK/Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Canada.

With more than 20 years in marketing, campaign development, copy writing, media relations, content management and internal communications, it’s internal communications and the ability to help others communicate which provides Paul’s inspiration.



Treasurer: Lisa WatermanLisa J Waterman

Lisa is all about doing the right thing, in the right way. Apart from her profession as communications director focusing on partnerships and development, Lisa also holds trustee roles across a number of organisations as a non-exec director, with accountability for financial, operational, policy and communications governance.

Lisa has a keen interest in economic policy, travel and food; she brings almost 20 years of communications experience to our committee, with an increased focus on internal communication management since 2005.



Secretary: Fa Mafi


Fa is the Internal Communications Manager for Cisco, where she acts as a strategic advisor and point of contact for messaging to employees within in the UK & Ireland.

After studying English at the University of Oxford, Fa began her career in marketing. She worked in the Netherlands as a contractor for three years in a variety of industries ranging from non-profit to tech, and is currently trying to perfect her Dutch. Passionate about the arts and animal rights, her other hobbies include walks with her dog, cooking, and all things geeky.





Advita Patel

Advita is the Communications Manager for one of the largest construction programmes in the North West – the Airport Transformation Programme at Manchester Airport and is currently responsible for ensuring the programme is communicated effectively to more than 22,000 colleagues based on the site, who work across 174 different organisations.

Advita started her career in Internal Communications almost 10 years ago after she completed her Masters in Strategic Marketing. Advita is a trained mentor/coach and in her spare time coaches individuals who are going through career transitions. She’s a self-confessed Social Media addict and spends much of her time discovering new gifs as well as trying to keep up with her blog: 



Helen Deverell


Helen has eight years’ internal communications experience – both in-house and agency – working with clients such as Grant Thornton, Royal Mail Group, 3i, Tesco, ScottishPower, Barclays, Oxford University Press and The World Gold Council.

Helen is also a passionate blogger on where she shares her thoughts and insights on internal communication-related subjects. In April 2016, she decided to take a leap into the freelance world and set up Helen Deverell Communications.

In 2012 Helen was listed as one of the IoIC’s top 30 under 30 communicators and has also received The Kathie Jones Rising Star Award – Award of Excellence.

In her spare time Helen enjoys creative writing, travel, keeping fit, socialising with friends and reading.



Janet MorganJanet Morgan

Janet is an experienced communications consultant, specialising in the areas of technology, healthcare and science.  Her projects have helped organisations engage employees, build reputations and create the environment for success.

Having started out as a journalist, Janet then crossed over to communications, spending time both in agency and in-house.  She has worked with people around the globe and with some of the world’s biggest brands, including GSK, Novartis, Monsanto, AGCO and Allied Bakeries.

She led GSK’s content strategy in the relatively early days of social media, pushing early adoption. At the time, the pharmaceutical company was recognised as a social media pioneer within the industry.

Janet is fascinated by the potential of digital technology to force change, and by how communicators can harness technology to improve engagement and change behaviour.


John Townsend-

John Townsend is an internal communications specialist with a wealth of experience, particularly in the charity sector. He currently heads up the IC team at The Children’s Society, having previously worked to engage and inform staff and volunteers at the NSPCC and Hilton in the Community Foundation.

Some of his key areas of interest and speciality include the power of storytelling, the growth of digital and the role of internal communications in promoting a culture of happiness, fun and engagement at work.

John was delighted to have won the CIPR 2016 Clare Latham Award recognising individual contributions to internal communications.


Lisa PantelliLisa Pantelli

Lisa works with clients across all sectors and locations to develop and implement strategic programmes designed to engage employees, promote advocacy within organisations and help navigate leaders through times of change. In her previous role, Lisa ran an employee engagement practice consisting of a team of specialist consultants within a global international consultancy.

With almost 15 years’ experience in communications, she has a deep understanding of how to produce authentic and open communications and how to drive conversations. She is skilled in project management and works with clients to provide programmes consultancy from beginning to end. She has provided counsel to clients across a number of sectors including healthcare, energy, financial services, education and not-for-profit.


Martin Flegg

Martin worked in government communications for over 15 years, mostly in corporate and programme level communication and management roles. He specialises in internal, change communication and employee engagement and is now Internal and Change Communication Adviser at the University of Bradford.

In the early years of his career, Martin recalls that internal communication didn’t really exist as a recognised professional communications discipline. So, he learnt his craft the hard way, through trial and error. His experiences have taught him what works well, and what doesn’t, in internal communications. He now tries to avoid using the latter!

Martin particularly enjoys working with senior and executive teams to deliver impactful internal communications that create real change in organisations. He is a CIPR Accredited Practitioner and completed his CIPR Internal Communication Diploma in 2011.



Trudy Lewis

Trudy Lewis

With knowledge and experience gained in both professional and operational business areas, Trudy has also used her skills outside of work, for not-for-profit organisations and currently is exploring creativity in communications.

Trudy has worked in Marketing Communications and Internal Communications over the past 15 years. She is currently working as an interim manager in internal communications and engagement – developing strategy and managing channels for various business sectors.


Trudy has a Master’s degree in communications management and is passionate about the vital role internal communications and engagement play in improving performance and building advocacy with employees.

Jane Revell

Jane Revell


Jane is an independent communications practitioner with more than 15 years’ in-house and agency experience. Jane provides strategic consultancy support to a range of global and UK based clients across a range of sectors including construction, pharma, hospitality, energy and retail.

Jane is a CIPR Chartered Practitioner. She lectures and tutors for PR Academy for post-graduate internal communications and PR qualifications.



Hannah ThoresbyHannah

Hannah is one of the H’s in H&H, a leading IC agency specialising in change communications. Whether that’s a big transformational change, connecting people with the direction of the business, guiding leaders and managers or influencing behaviours – we use a resourceful mix of common sense and insight with a large dollop of creativity to achieve truly outstanding outcomes.

Every day we throw our collective energy, knowledge and creativity into doing all we can to improve the way people communicate, interact and connect in workplaces around the world. And nothing excites us more than helping bring people together to achieve, grow and succeed – whatever their endeavour.

As Creative Director Hannah likes to bring sparkle and originality to our programmes with constant innovative thinking. She’s inspired and led creative teams for over 23 years, delivering award-winning results for a diverse range of organisations.