Never far from controversy, Alastair Campbell has been back in the public eye during general elections. His full diaries, revealing the Blair/Brown leadership struggle for the first time, were published at 6 monthly intervals throughout the year. As a result of Alastair’s involvement in the 13 years of Labour rule, it is undeniable that he can speak authoritatively on change management, strategy, implementation, communications and leadership. , Alastair currently works as a writer, blogger and journalist, as well as devoting considerable time to his work as Chairman of Fund Raising for Leukaemia Research and to raising awareness for numerous mental health charities.
"He set out to carefully tailor his insights to a largely creative audience, and his anecdotes were told with the ease of a master storyteller."
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Alastair Campbell is a sought after public speaker in Britain and abroad. Drawing on his experience of ten years alongside Tony Blair, and his considerable understanding of the modern media, he specialises in strategy, making change, dealing with the media and crisis management – often at the same time. A wide variety of businesses, organisations and conference organisers have paid tribute to his skills as an engaging and innovative speaker able to apply his insights and experience to the work of others with wit and passion. He liaises directly with event organisers in advance so as to tailor a presentation to their specific needs. Often controversial, and always prepared to speak his mind, he is willing, indeed keen, to make a question and answer session part of his presentations.
As a communications strategist and chief spokesman, Alastair Campbell is one of a handful credited with creating New Labour and transforming the party’s political fortunes. Although a contentious figure, Alastair’s influence and contribution is widely acknowledged as a founding stone of a team that transformed Britain’s political landscape.
He has written numerous books in the past years, including six volumes of diaries, three novels, and a personal memoir on depression and the pursuit of happiness. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign to raise awareness about mental illness, and chairman of fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. He continues to advise the Labour Party, and other left of centre parties, acting as strategic director for the Albanian Socialist Party, who won a landslide victory in June 2013. He is Humanitas Visting Professor on media at Cambridge University, and was also recently honoured by University College Dublin for his contribution to the Northern Ireland Peace Process. He is on the advisory board of Portland PR, and in addition independently acts as an advisor to governments, businesses, charities, sports organisations and high profile individuals.
Sport remains one of Alastair’s overriding passions. In his time he has been a newspaper sports editor writing columns for 'The Times', 'The Irish Times' and 'Esquire' magazine. He was the communications adviser to the British and Irish Lions rugby tour of New Zealand in 2005. He has raised funds for Burnley FC, a team he has supported since the age of four. His charity projects have involved him playing football with both Diego Maradona and Pele, and appearing in a one off version of the popular TV programme, 'The Apprentice'.
Alastair Campbell has competed in countless marathons and triathlons and acted as Communications Director on Sir Clive Woodward’s 2005 Lions Tour. On the speaking platform he clearly illustrates the lessons the boardroom can learn from the pressures of international sport.
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"Controversial, thought provoking and highly entertaining, Alastair gave a refreshingly candid insight into past and present political leaders and events that captivated our guests."
Ernst & Young
"This forthright journalist, broadcaster and author has provided my clients with fascinating, entertaining and memorable insights into the world of politics and journalism at the very highest level."