This half day conference will explore key topics in public affairs - including climate change, AI, preparing stakeholder engagement for the upcoming election, and how to lead debates and be experts in your field. Additionally, we will be shining a light on the positive impact of public affairs on business and society and aiding discussions about where the strengths are in the current political climate.
This conference offers public affairs professionals across all sectors the opportunity to network and learn about best practice approaches. Speakers from a broad a variety of in-house teams, consultancies and NGOs will share their perspective and insights on the latest industry trends.
This year, PRCA invites the industry’s most senior leaders in public affairs to discuss and debate how to lead the right conversations in 2023 with your stakeholders around reputation, brand and influencing. The conference will look at navigating a potential new administration: how to engage the most senior levels of government and how to incorporate media relations into your corporate strategy.
Political Point scoring and Net Zero
The green agenda has become at the forefront of political parties’ strategies for winning votes and has played a crucial role in recent by elections. As the General Election approaches political parties have drawn lines in the sand, and have set out their policies and proposals on how best to tackle climate change. With accusations of green-washing prevalent, what does the future hold for politics and the green agenda? Will we fail to meet our net zero targets by 2050, or will the goalposts simply shift?
- Chris Pratt, Managing Director, Better Impact, H+K Strategies (Moderator)
- Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
- Tara Singh, Managing Director Public Affairs, H+K Strategies
- Eliot Whittington, Director of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Corporate Leaders Groups, University of Cambridge
AI - what does it mean for public affairs and how can we use it to our advantage?
AI is an area that’s developing quickly, and legislation isn’t always able to keep up. But should it keep up? Should we always be able to write policy for every eventuality, or should technology be self-policing?
On the panel are experts in AI who will examine how AI is developing, areas of concern and how it can be used effectively by public affairs professionals to make the best use of developing areas and make sure they utilise its full capacity.
- Sam Cunningham, CEO, Polimonitor (Moderator)
- Tim Gordon, Partner, Best Practice AI; Trustee at Full Fact
- Amy Stone, Senior Communications Consultant, Hard Numbers
- Oriana Medlicott, Researcher, Writer and Consultant in AI Ethics
Are you election-ready?
This session will look at how to best communicate with politicians in the run up to the election and different tactics to engage the political agenda. It will look at which issues you should prioritise and give you some top tips in navigating a potential new administration.
- Lee Whitehill, Director of Communications, Whitehouse Communications
Looking at Labour
With the next election looming, and the Conservatives falling behind in the polls, and all eyes are on Labour. The panel we will hear from senior commentators who will discuss their thoughts on what path Labour will seek to carve out in the run up to the General Election and offer their predictions and insights.
- Stuart Thompson, CWE Communications (Moderator)
- Christine Quigley, Director of Public Affairs, Grayling
- Alice Perry, Director of Public Affairs, H/Advisors Cicero
- Kate Forrester, Senior Associate Director, APCO Worldwide