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The Company of Communicators Virtual Diversity and Inclusion Event and Awards Presentation

This free event has been generously sponsored by Kantar
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 The Company of Communicators Virtual Diversity and Inclusion Event and Awards Presentation

Time & Location

18 Nov 2020, 18:00 – 19:30
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About the Event

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in London, it is no longer possible to hold the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion dinner at Cutlers' Hall on 20th November. We've tried everything to make it work but sadly to no avail. Instead, we will be having an “in conversation” online event. The Master, Sarah Wait, has invited Mandy Rico as she is a recognised global leader in the DE&I space and led Kantar’s Inclusion Index work across 24 industries in 14 countries. Our second guest is James Burstall, Founder and CEO of international media company Argonon, producing award winning content in the UK and globally. You will not want to miss these industry leaders and champions of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion insightful perspectives and thoughts about how they see the future.  The conversation will be led by Company Freeman, Carole Foster.

As this is the Master's final event, she has requested that all Company members be able to register and join for free, and any non-Company members and guests will be asked to make a small donation to our Company Charitable Trust when they register  - please see:

We will also be awarding the Company’s Clarity in Charity Communications Award, which recognises a non-professional within the City of London Livery movement for their communications or fundraising work. The Clarity in Charity Communications Award is made in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass, who commissioned the unique glass roundel that is presented to the winner.

You will be sent a zoom/teams link nearer the event! 


You are very welcome to add some sparkle or glitter or bow tie to your attire to help make the evening a bit special!

The artist behind the stained glass roundel for the Clarity in Charity Communications Award (by RICHARD BLAUSTEN, Glaziers’ Company lead for the joint Communicators’ Company/Glaziers’ Company award for Clarity in Charity Communications)

When the then Public Relations Practitioners (now the Communicators) in partnership with the Glaziers’ Company, were devising the Clarity in Charity Communications Award, the Glaziers instituted a tender for the design and production of the stained glass roundel that would constitute the award. The idea being a newly produced repeat of the design to be presented jointly at a PRP (Communicators) event each year for the winner to keep permanently. The tender invitation went out to artist members of the Glaziers’ Company and also members of the British Society of Master Glass Painters.

The tender designs were submitted to the PRP (Communicators) and the design from Emma Butler-Cole Aiken, a member of the BSMGP which is supported by the Glaziers’ Company, was chosen. From an early age Emma wanted to be an artist and went to Edinburgh College of Art. Under the inspiring tuition of distinguished glass artist Douglas Hogg, she learned the importance of developing ideas through much drawing and redrawing. She says: “I learned to then allow the glass also to speak, influencing the way ideas become windows.”

When you look at the beauty of the Clarity in Charity Communications Award roundel you can see how the design and end product are underpinned by her initial learning process. As she explains: “I learned to use lead lines as an integral part of the design rather than as an unfortunate practical necessity. I learned to love glass paint and how to use this frustrating, muddy substance to bring out the intensity of glass colours and mould the whole composition rather than merely decorate it.”

Originally working out of Edinburgh, Emma now works from her studio at home in Selkirk where she has her own kiln. All her work, including the award roundel, are physically produced by her after the design stage. So every year for the award Emma will physically make the roundel.

Each time Emma has to get the colours right for the roundel. She explains how she does it and for all her work: “I strongly believe in making stained glass on an easel with daylight behind. It is the only way to know how the colours and tones really look, and how to tell the true effect of painting on the glass as you are doing it.”

Emma has completed over 90 commissions since she began her career. She has made windows for homes, churches, schools, a medical centre and a business. One of her recent roundels was commissioned by the Glaziers’ Company to mark its affiliation with Type 23 frigate HMS Kent and which is now positioned over the porthole window in the CO’s cabin.

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