Q&A with 5 top communicators in the comms jungle Events / Member post

We know that being a comms professional sometimes feels like you’re in the jungle working all alone on issues and challenges. And then there are those other times, when you’ve delivered, where there is no-one around to hear your Tarzan-like screams of success.

We have a select group of top communicators ready to answer your questions on strategy, leadership, employee engagement, crisis and change communications.

Prior to the 31st March event – I’m a comms professional…Get me the advice I need’ the speakers kindly agreed to answer a few questions about what makes them a top communicator in the comms jungle, what attendees can expect to learn if they sign up for a session at their tables and the three words they use to describe themselves.

Get to know a little bit more about our top communicators below:

IABC NSW: What makes you a top communicator in the comms jungle?

Ike Levick


‘With over 20 years’ experience, I’m passionate about sharing best practice while constantly finding interesting and meaningful ways to engage people in different ways. No matter what, I always keep the audience in mind while trying to ensure stakeholder priorities are met’.

David Lording


‘I have worked in media relations for almost 30 years. I started off my coms career as a press secretary to a Federal Cabinet Minister in the Hawke / Keating Governments. I have run media relations at Telstra (late nineties) and at Westpac as well as my own consultancy for eight years. As a result I have worked on issues from the good, the bad and the ugly’.

Phillipa O’Reilly


‘During my career I’ve spent time at some of Australia’s top organisations which have provided no end of challenges and opportunities from an internal communications perspective. I’m always looking for ways to innovate and leverage new technologies to engage the audience’.

Lynda Proude


‘I have experience of implementing communication strategies across a range of industry sectors and cultures. I’ve provided strategic advice to help businesses through some of the most challenging situations including cultural transformation, union negotiations, mergers and acquisitions and new leadership’.

IABC NSW: What can table attendees expect to learn about if they sign up for a session at your table?

Ike Levick

‘Insights into how I’ve helped to manage change and some examples of different tools and techniques’.

Phillipa O’Reilly

‘You can expect to hear about how I’ve worked with leaders of all levels of business to help them engage their audiences for the benefit of the business across a range of communication channels including new and old’.

Lynda Proude

‘The importance of planning and strategy for all communications activities and some of the key things that comprise an effective strategy’.

IABC NSW: Describe yourself in 3 words?

Ike Levick

‘Enthusiastic, authentic, open’

Phillipa O’Reilly

‘Persistent, curious, collaborative’

Lynda Proude

‘Versatile, motivated, curious’


Our comms professionals are also looking forward to hearing about your stories of success and best practice – all in a safe, professional environment (what gets shared in the room, stays in the room – Chatham house rules apply!).

The full list of top communicators and their topics are:

Ike Levick – Head of Internal Communications Deloitte Australia – Change Communications

David Lording – Head of Media Relations at Westpac Group – Crisis Communications

David MacGregor – Head of Internal Communications at Woolworths Food Group – Employee Engagement

Phillipa O’Reilly – General Manager Group Internal Communications at Coca-Cola Amatil – Leadership Communications

Lynda Proude – Corporate Communications Manager at Sydney Trains – Communications Strategy

The format of the evening will be:

1. Pick three topics you’d like to be involved in:

  • Communications Strategy
  • Leadership Communications
  • Employee Engagement
  • Crisis Communications
  • Change Communications

2. You’ll spend 15 minutes on the topic with our comms expert who will be there to take your questions, concerns or issues you might be having in your organisation – or help to facilitate and share your story of success or best practice to your professional peers.

3. After 15 minutes you’ll then rotate to the next topic you have signed up to.

4. After the three sessions we will then run a Q&A with all our experts.

Registration will begin at 5:30pm with the event starting at 6:00pm.

Tickets are selling fast – and we’re limited to 50 tickets. Don’t miss out on what is bound to an evening rich in professional knowledge sharing and insight.

After the event we will head to The Morrison (225 George Street) to have drinks and continue the opportunity to network.

Location: Deloitte Australia, 225 George St, Sydney

Date: Thursday 31 March 2016

Time: 5:30pm – 7pm

Cost: Members $35, non-members $50

Grab one of the last remaining places by registering here