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Covid Communications – Communicating out of a Pandemic

01 Jul 2020
Online, Online

Covid is causing most businesses to rethink their business plans, their operational and resource plans with big decisions being made on people, premises and possible pivots.

John Morrison will provide valuable insights to help you successfully communicate your way out of this pandemic, internally and externally, ensuring that the company’s reputation remains intact.

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Date & time: 01 Jul 2020 13:30 - 14:30
Location: Online, Online
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John Morrison is the managing director of Morrison Media, one of Scotland’s most highly respected PR, public affairs and media training companies. He has a track record of providing advice and training at boardroom level for some of the biggest brand names in the country including BP, CGI, the Scottish Police Federation, SSE and Scottish Water. He has also provided training and communications advice to several UK universities and local authorities.

Before setting up Morrison Media, John was one of the most recognisable faces on BBC News for more than 20 years. From 2001 to 2006, he was Scotland Correspondent for the London-based network news, appearing regularly on the BBC News Channel, Breakfast news and the One, Six and Ten o’ Clock news.

John was also the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent, at the Scottish Parliament and at Westminster, and Europe Correspondent, based in Brussels, reporting from across the EU. A highly experienced, award-winning journalist, John has reported from more than 40 countries around the world, interpreting complex events for viewers, interviewing presidents and prime ministers, business and civic leaders and people who found themselves at the centre of extraordinary events.

John is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Sabhal Mor Ostaig and Chair of the PRCA Public Affairs Board in Scotland.

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Website/Social Channels: Twitter: @JoMoMMS

Donald Campbell Forsyth
(born 27 April 1961, London) is a partner with Saffery Champness, the 12th largest accountancy firm in the UK by turnover. He was previously office managing partner in Inverness for the Big4 professional services firm, EY.  Before re-locating to the Black Isle in 2015, Donald lived and worked in Edinburgh for over 30 years, where he had been a partner with Scott-Moncrieff since 1998.

Early life
Donald was educated at The Nicolson Institute, in Stornoway. He left school aged 16 and worked in the family business for five years. He then studied at Napier University, Edinburgh and graduated with a Business Studies degree.

Donald started his own retail business in Edinburgh in 1986 which he sold three years later. This was followed by a one year appointment as a lecturer at Napier University where he taught small business enterprise and economics. 

He joined Scott-Moncrieff in Edinburgh in 1989 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992. He became a partner in that firm in 1998. He led the firm's Business Advisory Group (1998 to 2014). He had responsibility for a significant portfolio of Audit & Assurance clients; primarily in the technology, professional services and property sectors. He also worked with the first not for profit organisation in Scotland to receive significant funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He served on the firm’s Executive & Strategy Board (2011 to 2014) where he had responsibility for the firm’s finances.  He was also a member of the firm’s remuneration committee.

During his time in Edinburgh Donald served on the local IoD committee for 10 years. Donald also served as the Finance Trustee (from June 2009 to June 2013) for a Scottish charity which runs a £30m pa income hospital in Nazareth, Israel. He had to travel to Israel three times each year.

Donald joined EY in April 2015 as office managing partner for the Inverness office. His audit clients included many of the largest organisations in the Highlands, including UHI and the Global Energy Group. During his time with EY he also worked with the subsidiaries of a number of international groups including Stanley Black & Decker, IBM and Goldman Sachs.

Due to EY’s decision to re-organise its Scottish audit practice, Donald joined Saffery Champness in April 2017. He is based in Inverness and works across the UK with forward thinking business and not for profit organisations. He was appointed chair of IoD Highlands & Islands in April 2018.



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