Comms Creatives: a sister act committed to growing your creative confidence

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Hel Reynolds
The Social Media Marketing Awards-winning, creative trainer who designs unique training and coaching programmes. You may know her from her cartoons, or perhaps you’ve seen her chatting on Twitter with her strong community of comms followers.

Lesley Reynolds
Dealing with the business side of things, and also brings the learning expertise she picked up in her career as a school teacher. She’s the community manager for Comms Creative online courses, and she is the one in the family that got the organised genes.

Comms Creatives has helped brands like Macmillan Cancer SupportScottish Power and Manchester City Council bring their content to life, and get lots more social media engagement.

And we’ve worked with loads of organisations like NUSWelsh Government and the NHS, to create unique, pioneering social strategies.

Expert speaker on social media creativity in comms and marketing​

Government social media expert
On ITV Wales's The Sharp End analysing social media reaction during the 2015 election debates

Hel Reynolds is an experienced keynote conference speaker, chair and workshop host.

She’s spoken at hundreds of high-profile events all over the world and online including Social Day (London), Nato’s Social Media Conference (Podgorica), CommsHero (Cardiff, Manchester, London).

Hel is also really happy appearing on TV, radio and podcasts to give her unique take on topical social media, communications and professional creativity issues.

Her style is witty, creative and frank.

Expert topics

Media commentary, quotes for journalists

Areas of expertise where Hel can contribute insightful, interesting views, comments and advice.

1. How brands are using social media 

2. Small business and entrepreneurship, from the point of view of the owner of an online business 

3. How creativity has become the number one workplace skill 

4. Online learning – demand for online courses is bigger than ever

Conferences and events

Get in touch to request a subject area for Hel to present at your event, or consider suggested talks for 2020 below:

1. Become an unstoppable creative force: five unusual but powerful ways to boost your comms creativity

2. Managing stress and mental health in a busy comms environment: tackling the real issues – bad bosses, unrealistic demands, imposter syndrome, and out of control work/life balance.

3. Social media  engagement: how to get from tumbleweed to tremendous

Hel's corporate comms background

Back in 2007, Hel first started using social media when she was a communications officer in local government, with a MySpace page dedicated to getting people to help a council restore a town hall.

There was no rulebook, and what she learned in those early days was invaluable.

During her time in the public sector, she worked on many creative digital communications projects designed to be shared and talked about, like this campaign about dog poo or this social media response to snowy weather or this ‘learn as you do’ approach to a budget consultation on YouTube.

Then she built a business helping comms teams tackle the problems she had faced as a comms and digital team leader.

And she loves to help her clients unleash their creativity and develop their talent.

Awards

Hel has a strong trophy shelf to take the weight of all her awards over the years.

🏆 Winner at the 2018 UK Social Media Marketing Awards

🏅Highly commended in The UK Blog Awards 2017 with her comms cartoons website

🏆 Winner of the Digital Leaders Awards 2014

🏆🏆🏆Winner of three awards at the SoMeComms Social Media Awards 2011: Best Use Of YouTube + The Innovation Award + Best In-House Team

🏅Highly Commended: CIPR Local Public Services Digital Communications Award 2010

🏅Finalist: CIPR Local Public Services Young Communicator of the Year Award 2010

Comms Cartoons

Hel’s cartoons are a great example of how we can use creativity to make sense of the world, and engage our audiences.  Hel find drawing things helps her describe problems and communicate ideas.

Her comms cartoons feature in The IoIC’s Voice magazine and various comms and marketing newsletters.

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