Robert Phillips

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Robert Phillips – Keynote Speaker

Expert in Communications, Public Leadership and Trust, and author of 'Trust Me, PR is Dead'

Keynote Speaker Category: Business & Management, Innovation & Creativity, Leadership & Motivation
Topics: Behaviour, Leadership, Performance, Transformation
Languages: English

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Specialist Subjects


Public Leadership and Engagement
Rise of Networks
Future of Communications
Reputation and Trust

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Robert Phillips‘s Biography


Robert Phillips is the co-founder of Jericho Chambers, a progressive strategy consultancy and think tank. He was formerly President and CEO, EMEA, of Edelman, the world’s largest Public Relations firm. He was also Global Chair of its Public Engagement and Future Strategies Group. He is recognised as an authority on the future of communications.

Phillips specialises in understanding and building trust, which he asserts is both complex and fragile. He believes trustworthiness is more important than trust itself – but there isn’t a simple formula to build it, nor a magic wand to restore it. Leaders must think and behave differently if their own leadership, corporations and brands are to be trusted. His latest book on citizenship and business explores these themes and makes the case for the citizen state and for new models of co-produced leadership and communications. Phillips believes that the old models of PR are no longer fit for purpose in an activist and asymmetrical society. Radical honesty and radical transparency triumph in a world where spin is not only dead, but dangerous.

Phillips is a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, London. He set up his first business at the age of 21, while still at university, before co-founding Jackie Cooper PR. He has provided communications and strategy advice to a number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 global corporations, their CEOs and senior management.



“Robert was an early forerunner of the now prevalent Post-Truth, Post-Trust assessment of the modern world, back when Brexit Britain and President Trump were the stuff of bizarre fantasy. His honest and thought-provoking take on what we do now is essential for anyone who wishes to influence and persuade.”
FTSE 100 Communications Director

“Robert is one of those rare individuals who its able to challenge existing assumptions and beliefs in such a way that real shifts in thinking take place. Robert did this when working with our senior leaders and through well aimed provocation, solid research and his own experience – he was able to change the conversation both in the classroom and back in the markets. It is a joy to work with someone who is unafraid to ask the big questions.”
(Former) SABMiller Global Head of Leadership Development