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.

Today we profile Patricia Hamzahee, advisor, investor, philanthropist, specialist in social enterprise & responsible finance.

Career Highlights

  • 2020-Present: Co-Founder/Director, Extend Ventures and Black Funding Network; Trustee, Theatre Royal Stratford East

  • 2019-Present: Co-founder/Director, Windrush Caribbean Film Festival; Trustee, Ballet Black

  • 2014-present: Founder/Director, Integriti Capital

  • 2010-2019: Trustee, Learning Schools Trust; Chair, Development Board and Trustee, Black Cultural Archives

  • 2013-2014: Partner & Head of Financial Services, FleishmanHillard London

  • 2003-2013: Partner & Head of financial Services, Kreab Gavin Anderson

  • 2000-2003: Executive Director & CEO, European DCM, Lehman Brothers

  • 1995-2000: Managing Director, Global Head of Marketing & Communications, NatWest Markets/Greenwich NatWest

  • 1991-1995: Director & Head of EMEA Corporate Communications, Lehman BrotherS

Why did you join the Company of Communicators?

Patricia Hamzahee: I joined the company after being introduced to it by the journalist and publisher Helen Dunne. I attended an event in support of responsible business where I met a senior, convivial group of communications specialists that seemed to share a similar interest in showing how communications and communicators can make a positive impact on business and wider society.

What benefits have you derived from joining?

Patricia Hamzahee: While my involvement with the Company has ebbed and flowed over the years due to other commitments taking priority, I always return because of the opportunity to learn from other senior communicators with such wide and different experience and skills.

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

Patricia Hamzahee: I am concerned about the creation of ever more narrow echo chambers or worse one-way channels, where listening to one another is not valued. I launched my consultancy by defining Communications as from the Latin meaning to share. Communications is the meaningful exchange of information, ideas, feelings, intentions, attitudes, expectations, perceptions or commands.

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Members can book tickets for the 20th anniversary reception here