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Avril O'Connor

Avril O'Connor

Communications Specialist

London, England

A senior communications practitioner with both in-house and consultancy experience. Proven success in creating and implementing internal and external communications strategies, acting as communications advisor to board/senior executives on internal and external strategies including crisis management, media relations, M&A, changes to a business as a result of EU legislation (e.g. GDPR), compliance and rationalisation. Support B2B communications. Strong writing/media skills gained as a former national newspaper journalist. Passionate about quality communications that bring a business to life, tell the people story and build a cohesive business community. Experience of creating and implementing social media awareness campaigns. Change management/employee engagement communications with experience within global and complex businesses (financial services, pharmaceutical etc) and projects using Prince2 methodology. Member of the Institute of Internal Communications and the Guild of Health Writers. Digital skills include Microsoft Project, Sharepoint, Photoshop and knowledge of HTML.

Specialties: internal communications, external communications, media, media training, public affairs, financial services, insurance, fund management, wealth, banking, health, pharma, pharmaceuticals, medicines, medical devices, workplace pensions, pensions, fraud, money laundering, GDPR, BREXIT, IT, cyber security, Microsoft Office 365, crisis management and media relations. Actively looking for a new role.


  • Communications Specialist - Europe - Contract (Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies Europe)
  • Senior Communications Consultant (PWC/Afiniti LLP)
  • Communication Specialist - Contract (GenesisCare UK)
  • Communications Specialist - Contract (Northern Trust Corporation)
  • Communications Lead - New Payment System Operator - Contract (New Payment System Regular, Bank of England, PSR, Bacs, Faster Payments)


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