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20 years; 20 Communicators

To celebrate the Company of Communicators 20th anniversary we are profiling 20 Company members in the lead up to our big day.


We start with our current Master, Deborah Oliver, who has been with us from the very beginning as a founder member.





Career highlights:



· 2019-2020: Director Engagement and Communications British Medical Association


· 2015-2016: Executive Director of External Affairs The Law Society


· 2013: Interim Director External Affairs Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman


· 2010-2012: Interim Director of Policy & Communications Royal College of General Practitioners


· 2007-2008: Director Public Affairs Royal Pharmaceutical Society


· 2003-2006: Director National Lottery Promotions Unit


· 1998-2000: Director Corporate Relations New Millennium Experience Limited


· 1995-2000: Colonel Royal Logistic Corp


· 1995-1997: Communications Director Royal Mail

Why did you join the Company of Communicators?

Deborah Oliver: I was one of the founders over 20 years ago when a group of us thought that the communications/public relations profession deserved recognition as a Livery company in the City of London.

What benefits have you derived from joining?

Deborah Oliver: I have enjoyed maintaining contact across the years with colleagues who have become friends. The opportunity to get involved with volunteering through the Gift of Communication this year was also worthwhile. The military affiliations also helped me to keep in contact with army reserve colleagues and to get to know colleagues in the Navy and RAF reserve units.

What are the main challenges you are experiencing in communications today?

On a personal level, I do feel excluded at times by the changing nature of digital communication and have to raise my hand to ask for help. I can sense the frustration of more skilled colleagues.


If you are interested in joining the Company of Communicators, please click here


Members can book tickets for the 20th anniversary reception here