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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.


Today we profile Ann-Marie Blake, Global Communications Lead, HSBC Wholesale Credit & Lending.


Career Highlights


  • 2020-present: Global Communications Lead, HSBC Wholesale Credit & Lending

  • 2021: PRCA Council

  • 2020- present: International Executive Board Member, IABC

  • 2009- present: Managing Director, Verdayne Communications

  • 2019-2020: Global Engagement Lead, Digital Business Banking, HSBC

  • 2018-2019: Business Mentor Volunteer Position, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

  • 2018-2019: Employee Communications Business Partner to Barclays International Chief Operating Officer

  • 2014-2018: Communications and Engagement Lead Business Transformation Programme, Barclaycard

Why did you join the Company of Communicators?


Ann-Marie Blake: One of my IABC colleagues Neil Griffiths recommended that I join following one of the Gift of Communication events. Gift of Communication is a fantastic initiative that supports charitable causes relevant to communications.


What benefits have you derived from joining?


Ann-Marie Blake: It’s still early days for me but already I’ve met new people and expanded my network.


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


Ann-Marie Blake: My current focus is helping to promote PR and communications as a profession to individuals from diverse backgrounds. As communicators we represent people and brands from all different backgrounds and cultures and so our industry should reflect this.


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


Members can book tickets for the 20th anniversary reception here