John Morris is an award-winning communicator with over twenty years’ experience in the media spotlight – often representing rail, leisure and aviation sectors.
As a professional communicator he’s been everything from Duty Press Officer (where he made his media debut dressed as a penguin) to Editor of a National Magazine, to Director of a major Airport (on the way he dealt with serious reputational crises - ranging from industrial action and security breaches to incidents involving loss of life). He led Birmingham Airport’s comprehensive strategy to deliver Airport and Aviation expansion, plans for HS2, and other transport issues. He is often called upon to provide informed industry comment.
John has represented organisations on three Continents. He’s debated with environmentalists in Washington; given televised evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees in Westminster; presented to Ministers in Delhi and incurred the wrath of Local Residents at ‘lively’ Public Meetings and enquiries in the UK.
John lists his most challenging task as reporting from - and securing release of - an aid train and its support crew, held against its will, during the 1990s Kosovo War.
John believes that, although there is no ‘one size fits all’, communications activity must have solid foundations. John has recently spent time passing on ‘best practice’ to communicators at all levels; from trainee PR assistants, to CEOs.