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Global COVID-19 Communications Taskforce

The PRCA’s Global COVID-19 Communications Taskforce was launched in March 2020 to provide practical support to public relations professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Its purpose is provide senior practitioner support to peers, in organisations and consultancies across the world, through targeted personal advice during the crisis. 

Chaired by Lansons Chief Executive and Co-founder Tony Langham, the Taskforce is comprised of around 100 highly experienced communications leaders from across the world. Tony is supported by Deputy Chairs, Rod Cartwright and Rachel Friend.

How to recover fast from the Pandemic: Lessons from communications leaders

PRCA COVID-19 Taskforce Chairman Tony Langham has led a global project gathering best advice from communications leaders across the world. In total 74 contributions from 21 countries were received and the report, including all contributions in full is available hereThe full recording of a special event featuring five of the report contributors is available below.

Taskforce Forums

Building a survival strategy for your agency (recorded 5 May).  


Communications & COVID-19: Lessons from East Asia (recorded 13 May)


COVID-19: Safeguarding your organisation's resilience and recovery - in conversation with Deloitte (recorded 19 May)

Optimising client relationships (Recorded 27 May)

COVID-19: A new age of conscious capitalism or a false dawn? (recorded 10 June)

Mental Wellbeing during COVID-19 - in conversation with the American Psychological Association (recorded 16 June)

Upcoming sessions:

Wednesday 22 July - Returning to work


Support for Communications Leaders in partnership with EACD, ICCO, IPRA, PRHK, IABC EMENA and PRCA Malaysia

On Thursday, 9 April the Taskforce partnered with a range of international associations to provide communications leaders with free advice on how to manage consultancies and in-house teams through the COVID-19 crisis. 

The service connects Taskforce advisors with communications leaders seeking help. Advisors are available provide free, impartial and practical support in 30-minute consultations to professionals around the world.

The CV-19 Taskforce is comprised of highly experienced consultancy owners and communications professionals, adept at managing agencies and organisations through crises.

All consultations will be treated with the strictest confidence and all advisors have signed non-disclosure agreements.

How to seek support

To request a free consultations with a Taskforce advisor, please complete this form.

You will be contacted within 3 working days by an advisor to arrange your free 30-minute call or virtual meeting.

CV-19 Taskforce Advisors

Melwyn Abrahams PR and Digital Director, Matrix Dubai
Yusur Al Dabbah Managing partner Rouya PR
Gustavo Averbuj Ketchum
Claudio Barone AESA (oil and gas)
Sugandha Bhandari Midas PR
Anne-Marie Blake HSBC
Philippe  Borremans Risk Comms 
Peter Bowles Clarity
Nicola Brown Reputation consultant, NB Thinks Ltd
Stuart Bruce Consultant
Stephen Canning  
Phil Caplin Broadcast Revolution
Matt Cartmell Carta Communications
Rod Cartwright Rod Cartwright Consulting, ex-Ketchum, H&K and Text100
Nathaniel Cassidy 3ManFactory
Maria Cheong PRHK / BCW (Hong Kong)
Yoonhee Choi  Phillips
Esther Cobbah CEO Stratcomm Africa
Amanda Coleman Ex Greater Manchester Police
Simon Corbett Jargon PR 
Aman Dhall Policy Bazaar
Steffen Egelund CARMA ASIA
Wyn Evans Forty Shillings
Jo Field JFG Communicatons
Rachel Friend Ex-Weber Shandwick
Maria Gergova CEO United Partners
Lea-Anne Germinder President Germinder Associates
Rachel Gilley Clarity
Michael Gonzalez Clarity
Alastair Gornall  
Kate Hartley Polpeo
Neil  Henderson  Zurich Insurance Group 
Ong Hock Chuan Consultant / Trainer
Lauren Holt Co-op
Richard  Houghton   
Mark Hutcheon Deloitte
Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua INEOS
Lyndon Johnson Think Differently
Sarah Johnson Sarah Johnson Consulting
Michael Kelly W Communications
Justin Kerr-Stevens Portland
Katie King CEO, Zoodikers
Stephen King Middlesex University (Dubai)
Susan Kinnear Cardiff University
Mike Klein Changing The Terms
Shweta Kulkarni Van Biesen Bridgestone EMEA
Helen Lacey  
Tony Langham Lansons
Karin Lohitnavy Midas PR
Alex MacLaverty Clarity
Loth Makuza President PRST
Alex Malouf Schneider Electric
Sheila Manzano Three Little Birds PR
Antonio Marques Mendes Major pharma company'
Conall McDevitt Hume Brophy
Tracy McKelligott  
Padraig McKeon Independent consultant, ex CEO DruryPorterNovelli (Ireland)
Molly Mcpherson Consultant
Jim McQueeney CEO Winning Strategies
Anna Meacham Huxley
Jared Meade Owens Community College/Consultant
John Megaughin Clearbox
Raju Miah National Crime Agency
Rachel Millington Contact - for families with disabled children
Ella Minty Consultant
Martin Mosbacher Lansons Intermarket
Ruksina Mutthikuljones Midas PR
Barbara Nash Barbara Nash & Associates LLC (Senior Strategist)
Helen Neal HN Communications
Michelle Nelson  
Michelle  Nelson   
Ana Neves Knowman
Bossoro Ngo Remark Group
Shane O'Donoghue Nelson Bostock
Enric Ordeix Academic Director Blanquerna
Natasa Pavlovic MD Blumen PR
Ann Peru Knabe US Air Force
Adam Powell Fourtold
Michelle Press  
Jacqueline Purcell MD Jasper Alliance
Iain Rackley Avison Young
Jenny Riddell-Carpenter BECG
Mike Robb Bold White Space
Jennifer Robertson SPEY
Nigel Sarbutts PR Cavalry
Céline Schillinger We need Social
Kerry Sheehan Government Communications Service
Kiri Sinclair Sinclair Comms
Sudha Singh Consultant
Emma Smith Sandpiper Communications
Lena Soh Ng Huntingdon
Curtis Sparrer Bospar
Marc Sparrow The Hoffman Agency
Vicki Spencer-Francis Cowshed
Jennifer Sproul Institute of Internal Communications
Svetlana Stavreva External relations manager IBM
Samantha Strawford Belmon
Paul Sutton Digital Media Consultant
David Tarbuck Salisbury Group
Paul Thomas Paul Thomas Digital
Penelope Thomas Freelance in maritime Communications
Sheena Thomson Consultant, Conduit Associates
Emma Thwaites Allegory
Stephen Waddington Metia
Peter Walker Pielle Consulting
Louise Watson Idea Scout
Stephen Welch IABC
Mary Beth West Fletcher PR
Rae  White  Rae White Communications 
Paul Williamson Managing Director, Realia Marketing
Bess Winston The Winston Agency - Full Service Corporate Communications
Kerri Worrall  
Faisal Zahrani Ex-PR director Ministry of Health
Hasan Zuberi Momentum PR / Council of PR Pakistan

Further information


For further information on the taskforce, please email Koray Camgoz