COC welcomes communications leaders

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

The Court of the Company of Communicators - the Livery company’s governing body - has welcomed 10 new Freemen in a virtual Installation Ceremony today.

Additionally, two former Freemen have re-joined the Company:

• Francis Ingham, PRCA Director General

• Stephen Waddington, Founder and Managing Partner, Wadds Inc

Master Communicator Sarah Wait, Director of Forward Planning Services at Kantar, Media Division oversaw the ceremony welcoming as Freemen (in alphabetical order):

• Paul Baverstock: Partner, Communicate Advisers and political columnist for The Stray Ferret

• Mita Dhullipala: Manager (Health Policy and Advocacy), Weber Shandwick

• Susan Isaacs: Director Languages Beyond 2000

• Harry McAdoo: independent consultant, on the Board of The Big Issue Foundation

• Jane Mitchell: Founder JL&M, Director at Karian and Box

• Michael Nord SCMP: Client Services Director at The Fifth Business – an ERM company

• Shaya Raymond: Strategic Communications Consultant

• Daniel Rosenbaum: Social Media Manager, English Chess Federation

• Lt Col Paul Smyth MBE VR: Strategic Communications Consultant and Commanding Officer (designate) The 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

• Gloria Walker: Strategic Communications Consultant and Professor of Practice, Hult International Business School

Company of Communicators Master Sarah Wait commented,

“I am delighted to welcome these new Freemen to our Company. Our focus is to promote the profession, to be active within The City Livery movement, to raise funds for our charitable trust and to enjoy a wide range of events. We are also actively striving to embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion within the Company – and to encourage it across the Livery movement, so I am equally pleased that Francis and Stephen have returned to support us going forward.”


Issued by

Deborah Oliver

Master Elect, Company of Communicators



Notes for Editors:

The Company of Communicators is part of the ‘Livery’ - the City of London’s trades associations and Guilds. The Company is a modern Livery Company, promoting the communications profession and contributing to society through volunteering and raising funds for the Charitable Trust.

The Company is managed by a Court of Assistants (the Court), led by the Master, who is supported by three Wardens. The Master is elected annually, serves for one year and then often takes the role of Deputy Master for another year. The Court meets at least four times a year to discuss Company matters including fundraising activities, events and other activities.

The Company has over 110 Freemen (members) and is seeking to raise funds for its Charitable Trust as part of the communications industry’s drive to equal other ancient and modern trades and professions in the City of London, by gaining full Livery Company status.