Congratulations to the new IoIC Fellows

There’s been news galore from the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) this week, so I thought I’d bring you up to speed with what’s going on.

This article features 20 new Fellows, the upcoming Festival, which I will be speaking at, plus news of an incoming President-Elect.

The Institute of Internal Communication is the only professional body dedicated to internal communication in the UK. It exists to help organisations and people succeed through promoting internal communication of the highest standard.

Let’s turn to the Fellows news first…

Congratulations to the latest recipients of the IoIC’s highly esteemed Fellowship. I love seeing internal communicators having their hard work recognised and I’m so pleased to see this news.

IoIC state Fellowship “recognises exemplary achievements and contributions to internal communication.  It stands as a prestigious accolade, symbolising exceptional expertise and dedication within the profession and is testament to the outstanding calibre of the profession that the IoIC has awarded Fellowship to 20 deserving individuals. These recipients have demonstrated incredible expertise, innovation, and impact in their respective roles, shaping the landscape of internal communication through their contributions.”

Addea Amoa Allison Cary Amy Hockey Chloë Maple Christine Crofts Claire Widd Edyta Blachowska Elizabeth Reynolds Fran Chambers Helen Kelley Jessica Roberts Lesley McBride Mark Hermitage Melanie Hinds Mike Klein Nicki Dyson Paul Diggins Richard Riche Russell-Olivia Brooklands Shalini Gupta

Congratulations to Addea Amoa, Allison Cary, Amy Hockey, Chloë Maple, Christine Crofts, Claire Widd, Edyta Blachowska, Elizabeth Reynolds, Fran Chambers, Helen Kelley, Jessica Roberts, Lesley McBride, Mark Hermitage, Melanie Hinds, Mike Klein, Nicki Dyson, Paul Diggins, Richard Riche, Russell-Olivia Brooklands and Shalini Gupta.

I remember how proud I was to receive my own Fellowship in 2016, the certificate is proudly on display in my office.

Well done to you all and thank you for all for the invaluable contributions you have made to advance the profession.

“We are thrilled to welcome these 20 exceptional professionals into the esteemed and growing ranks of IoIC Fellowship,” said Suzanne Peck, President of the Institute of Internal Communication.

“Their demonstrated commitment, expertise, and accomplishments exemplify the pinnacle of excellence in our field, and we are keen to see the continued positive influence they will bring to internal communication and their continued contribution to advancing our profession.”

IoIC state: “This expansion of the Fellowship underscores the robust growth and evolving excellence within the internal communication community. As the Institute looks ahead, we are looking forward to working with the new Fellows to further enhance the practice of internal communication and support newer professionals in their career journeys in the ever-evolving landscape of internal communication.”

Line-up announced for the IoIC Festival


Photo of Rachel Miller IoIC logo. Text: I'm speaking at the IoIC Festival 12 June 2024

The annual Institute of Internal Communication Festival is taking place from 12-13 June 2024 in the Hertfordshire countryside at Tewinbury near Welwyn Garden City, UK.

I’ve wanted to attend for a couple of years, but my diary hasn’t allowed. So when I saw the call for speakers a few months back, I put my hat in the ring to apply to speak.

I will be speaking twice on day one at the Festival and I’m looking forward to seeing Comms friends and clients at the popular conference.

The IoIC Festival 2024 is our opportunity to come together as a community to share experiences, inspire each other and collectively work to take these opportunities forward.

IoIC say: “It has never been more important to communicate with clarity and authenticity, to enable shared meaning and understanding, facilitate conversation, provide feedback, and build communication that drives positive change and action which sees our people and organisations thrive.

“You will get to choose the content you want to see and hear across the Festival zones: leading-edge thinkers, insight and practical sessions that will help you in your role. There will also be lots of opportunities to get away from the screen to talk and problem-solve with each other, as well as having some fun along the way too.”

What I’m speaking about

Getting internal communication right starts with having a clear strategy. But what does this mean in practice? How can you not only write an internal communication strategy, but implement it throughout your organisation to create a shared understanding and meaning?

My book Internal Communication Strategy: design, develop and transform your organisational communication will be hot off the press. It’s being published on 3 April in the UK and rest of world and 30 April in the US.

In this session, I will guide attendees through The MILLER Framework for IC strategy creation, which forms the structure of the book. My trademarked and proven technique is helping organisations around the globe transform their communication. Through this session, you’ll discover how focusing on mindset, insights, logistics, leadership, evaluation and revision can help you unlock the power of internal communication.

You’ll learn how to use insights, the biggest mistake IC pros make with their IC strategy and why evaluation matters.

Learn more about The MILLER Framework via this episode of my Candid Comms Podcast: Introducing The MILLER Framework.

Three takeaways from the session:

  1. Why insights matter for your IC strategy
  2. The biggest mistake IC pros make with their strategy
  3. Why failing to evaluate sets you up to fail

I’m also looking forward to hosting a fireside chat with my client Adele McIntosh from Arm.

We’ll be highlighting how to engage and empower your neurodivergent workforce.

Adele has written an expert view for my book on this topic and I know this will be a candid conversation on stage. I hope you can join us.

I’ll be at day one of the IoIC Festival, before heading back to London to speak on the IC stage at the CIPD Festival of Work on 13 June.

See the IoIC website to discover what you can expect from the event and to save your place.

I’m looking forward to boosting my professional development. Thank you to the team including Rebecca Nicholls, for all your hard work on behalf of IC pros.

Who will I see at the Festival? Do comment below if you’ll be going,

New President-Elect announced

President-Elect announcement IoIC Suzanne Peck and Dominic Walters

The Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) has announced Dominic Walters as its incoming President-Elect.

After an illustrious tenure spanning more than 10 years, Suzanne Peck will step down from her role as President in May 2025. To ensure a seamless transition, Dominic will collaborate closely with Suzanne and the Board over the next 12 months.

Thank you Suzanne for all your hard work on behalf of members, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The President holds a pivotal position within the IoIC, with primary responsibility to support, represent and promote the Institute’s mission, strategy and values.  This means working in tandem with the Board and Governance Group to oversee the organisation’s operations, ensure its proper and responsible functioning, and serve as its ambassador externally.

Could it be you?

If you want to be a future President-Elect, the nominations for the Board of Directors open on 27 March 2024. The Institute says it hopes to see members from diverse backgrounds and experiences stepping forward to contribute to its ongoing growth journey. Prospective candidates are invited to support the IoIC’s mission to champion the internal communication profession, and advocate for its impact on organisations and working lives.

Keep an eye on the IoIC website to find out more.

Reflecting on her tenure, outgoing President Suzanne Peck remarked: “It has been an honour and a pleasure to be IoIC’s president, especially seeing the Institute through such workplace, business and societal change when our profession and internal communication have grown in value and importance. I’m not wandering off into the distance just yet – there’s lots more I want to achieve and do before May 2025 – but continuing to work alongside Jennifer, the HQ team, the Board and Dominic in particular, means that we will have a seamless transition. I’ve worked closely with Dominic when he was national chairman, as well as for many years through the Board and the Governance Group, and the IoIC is lucky to have such an able, respected and knowledgeable vice-president.”

Dominic Walters emerged as the preferred candidate, garnering the unanimous support of the Board. Dominic boasts an extensive track record of dedicated service to the IoIC, having joined the Institute in 1998. Throughout his tenure, he has served in various capacities, including as the Southwest Regional Chair, Board member, National Chairman, and a founding member of the Governance Group.

Commenting on his new role, Dominic said: “It’s an honour to be selected as President-Elect. Suzanne will be a tough act to follow as she has done a huge amount to establish IoIC as the leading professional body in our field. I’m really looking forward to working with her, Jen (Sproul) and the Head Office team to continue our growth, focusing especially on three broad areas – increasing membership in terms of both numbers and representation, expanding reach – especially beyond the UK – and building influence and voice.

Post author: Rachel Miller

First published on the All Things IC website 8 March 2024.

Combining practical advice and methodology with sharp insight and experience, this book is packed with ‘need to know’ detail. Keep it close – it’ll be your go-to reference and guide, equipping you and enabling you to deliver your best. Suzanne Peck, President, Institute of Internal Communication

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