An internal communications practitioner, strategic consultant and workshop leader who is passionate about helping internal communicators to shape, deliver and facilitate impactful communication that works in the real world.
I’m all about creating IC with impact. I know sometimes it can be a struggle to prove the value of internal communications, or to create content that both informs and inspires employees – I know, because I’ve been in-house myself. I founded Helen Deverell Communications to take the experience I’ve honed over more than a decade in the industry, and to bring my clients some creative thinking with tangible outcomes.
Over the years I’ve worked with dozens of organisations, and I understand what it’s like – and what it takes – to build relationships with stakeholders, to deliver under pressure, and to measure the value of what you’re doing. Now I provide support to senior internal communicators looking for help to deliver on their strategy. I am a trusted pair of hands to develop the direction and the team skills necessary for modern employee communications.
In my time as an internal communicator, I’ve seen the perception of our profession transform from broadcast messaging and channels to where it sits now: providing strategic advice to senior leaders. It’s been exciting to be a part of that. I truly believe IC pros make a real difference to people’s lives by helping them to find their purpose at work, and we’re now able to demonstrate the contribution we make to business success.
I’ve been fortunate to help influence the growth of internal communications practice through my work on the CIPR Inside Committee, as a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC), and as a recognised industry award judge. I help to train internal communicators in writing and editing skills – a much-needed skill that’s undervalued in IC! – and I speak at and help organise industry conferences such as the annual IoIC conference.
I also work closely with charities, a role I greatly value. I wrote a book in 2017 for Miller’s Stars, a charity that aims to support parents affected by stillbirth. The book is still available to purchase, with all profits going to the charity.
My great charity passion, though, is my work with CoppaFeel!, an organisation I started volunteering with following my breast cancer diagnosis in 2014 at the age of 29. Our mission is to make sure all breast cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage possible, making treatments more effective and survival rates higher. We share our own experiences through speaking with young women in schools, groups and offices, spreading the importance of self-checking and empowering them to feel confident to speak to their GP if they spot anything abnormal.
Whether it’s charity work, strategic consultancy, or getting my hands dirty and acting as an additional in-house resource, I pride myself in delivering internal communications in high definition: detailed, engaging, effective.
I’ll listen to you to understand the challenges you’re facing.
I’ll work with you to find solutions that work for you and your organisation.
I’ll be open, honest and transparent.
I’ll pay meticulous attention to detail.
I’ll share with you the knowledge I’ve obtained over 12 years of working with more than 60 organisations.
I’ll do what I say I will, when I say I will.
I’ll help you to measure your impact and build your business case for IC.
Last night at the CIPR Inside AGM it was announced that I will be stepping down from the committee at the end of the year.
On Thursday I was thrilled to find out I had passed my CIPR Specialist Diploma in Internal Communication with PR Academy.
I was thrilled to recently find out that I’m now a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC).
“Helen’s passion for her profession shines through very clearly and she manages to combine her deep knowledge of internal communications with a mix of pragmatism and fresh thinking. She is a delight to work with and has a high level of integrity.”
Richard Fitzmaurice, TMF Group