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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 John Dickinson-Lilley, Director of Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London.




Career Highlights:


  • 2020-present: Director of Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London

  • 2019-present: Stonewall UK Sport Champion & Ambassador

  • 2014-present: Global Ambassador, Athlete Ally

  • 2013-present: Director Affinity Public Affairs

  • 2018-2020: Head of Communications & Marketing, CITB

  • 2012-2018: Athlete: Great Britain’s No.1 men’s visually impaired skier with titles of double British Champion and European Cup slalom champion in 2016 and placed in the world top ten.

  • 2016-2017: Interim Director of Public Affairs & Policy, The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

  • 2015: Head of Public Affairs, Solicitors Regulation Authority

  • 2013-2014: Head of Public Affairs, Sport England


“Why did you join the company?”


John Dickinson-Lilley: Community is really important to me and I think it’s become more important to all of us during the last year. The Company offers real community in a way that is inclusive and welcoming whilst also creating a space where you can meet new people.

“What benefits have you derived from joining?”


John Dickinson-Lilley: I’ve met a bunch of lovely people, broadened my professional network and gained some great insights. The Company organises a wide range of events from fun social evenings to Q&As with leading communicators, it has been brilliant. I’m also looking forward to get a bit more involved and exploring the volunteering and charitable side of our work where we contribute to wider society.


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


John Dickinson-Lilley: Over the last few years I’ve seen greater acceptance of the role that comms plays in organisational success which is great! Equally, “the comms are so important” is now a common currency that skirts the need for a substantive decision which is intrinsic to the communication itself. Rarely are communications an end in themselves!


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


Members can book tickets for the 20th anniversary reception here