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Katie Hooper

Senior Communications Consultant

Find out a bit more about Katie

Where has your passion for communication come from?

From my background in sport and performance, my love of people and psychology, and from my aspiration to be a good parent! We all try hard to convey what we mean, build relationships and get stuff done. It should be simple to pass a message from one person to another, but we all know that it is a very complex process. Communicating not just by accident, but with purpose and authenticity is what really sparks my interest.

How can employee communication drive real engagement?

All too often we see workplace communication that’s become bland, boring and too corporate. We fall into the trap of talking in a certain way and the human element can get lost. In my view, good employee communication should lift us up from our sea of emails and help us communicate, not just for communications sake, but because we want to shift the way that people think, feel and act.

Background

  • Specialist in communication skill development, change communication and internal communication strategy
  • 6 years experience at Comment8 helping to shape the strategy and evolution of the communications and engagement offer
  • 12 years at Lane4 with experience in internal communications research, measurement and product development
  • Graduate of EMCC Accredited Coaching programme
  • 10 years experience in coaching (within business, sport and communications)
  • BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, specialism in Psychology from Bath University
  • Two times Commonwealth Games medallist in the sport of synchronised swimming and member of the Great Britain team for 8 years
  • Media experience, including sports commentary and live-to-camera work, for synchronised swimming at national and international events including London 2012 Olympics

“Katie managed the project well even with changing priorities and timescales and ensured that the finished product was excellent and exceeded our expectations in every way. Katie led the design team to produce infographics to translate what was in my head into something that the managers in the business could use and understand. Katie displayed a vast array of skills such as leadership, planning, great communicator, commitment in delivering a great product”

Suzanne Beck, People Development Team Centrica

I have had the pleasure of working with Katie from the development through to the delivery of our Communications Academy, this has been a great success, Katie supported us throughout the process offering expert advice on content, training our in-house facilitator team, delivering the first few workshops then handing over delivery to our team with support and continued interest. Katie was engaging, built rapport very well and was skilled at getting the best from the delegates in the room.

Alison Townson, Leadership Development and Talent Director Brakes