To celebrate the Company of Communicators 20th anniversary we are profiling 20 Company members in the lead up to our big day.
Today we profile Jonathan Chandler, consultancy founder.
2017-2021: CEO, Quiller Consultants
2009-2017: Partner, ReputationInc
2000-2006: Europe, Middle East Public Affairs and Comms Director, The Coca-Cola Company
1998-2000: EMEA Public Affairs and Comms Director, Eastman Kodak
1990-98: Global Corporate Communications; Lucas Industries, Perkins Engines, Lucas Varity
British Airways: Public Affairs Manager and Press Office
1982-87: Newspaper journalist (Birmingham Evening Mail, Daily and Sunday Mirror)
Why did you join the Company of Communicators?
Jonathan Chandler: I think like most members, I was intrigued! I’d been running international in-house teams for quite a while and not particularly connected to the City or the London comms community. So joining provided a great “home base” to share ideas and learn from a diverse group of professionals.
What benefits have you derived from joining?
Jonathan Chandler: Initially it was fellowship and widening the network, and I’ve made some long-lasting friends! But over time it went well beyond that; as Master I explored how we could contribute to the social enterprise movement and other aspects of social impact; that has shaped what I do and who I work with today.
What are the main challenges you are experiencing in communications today?
Jonathan Chandler: I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to be in the communications space, providing you know how you’re creating value for your organisation or agency; be it to advance social purpose or to deliver brilliant creative work to propel a brand. Ideally, both!
I think the biggest challenge, in-house, agency and services, is how to find and resource talent – what should be core, what should be flexible and outsourced; and which skillsets you can only successfully develop within the “house” - and which ones you can hire for. No-one should be afraid to specialise; you’ll never be short of work if you master a segment of our increasingly vast universe.
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Members can book tickets for the 20th anniversary reception here