Global Advisory Board

Rachel Friend


Rachel Friend is CEO of W which she joined in July 2020.

Prior to this she was the CEO of Weber Shandwick’s London office where she led a team of 230, with deep expertise in core specialisms of consumer, corporate, health, technology, financial and public affairs, as well as London’s planning, creative, digital and production studio capabilities, the largest in the EMEA region.

Michelle Hutton

CEO Australia & Chief Growth Officer, Asia Pacific

Edelman Australia

Michelle Hutton is CEO Australia and Vice Chair, Asia Pacific at Edelman having recently moved there from London in 2019 where she was Managing Director, Global Clients.  Prior to joining Edelman, Michelle was Chief executive, Australasia at Hill & Knowlton Strategies and ran the firm’s consumer marketing practice across Asia Pacific.   Michelle was PR Jury President at the 2019 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. She has a strong interest in supporting the development of female leaders.

Francis Ingham

Director General, PRCA


Francis Ingham is Director General of the PRCA, and Chief Executive of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO).  Ingham’s background is in politics and public affairs. He is External Examiner to the American University at Richmond and Trustee of The Speakers’ Corner Trust.  He was educated at Oxford University, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He appears in both the UK and the Global editions of PR Week’s PowerBook.

Denise Kaufmann

Director of Client Development

North America, Ketchum

Denise returned to the US in 2018 having led the London office as Managing Director since 2013.   Throughout the course of her Ketchum career spanning three continents, she has run several of the firm’s largest global client engagements, including spending 10 months seconded with a client’s in-house team. In her new role, she will focus on providing the highest level of client counsel for the firm’s North America-based clients.