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Sir Craig Oliver

Sir Craig Oliver was the Director of Politics and Communications for the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, for six years. He worked at the heart of No. 10 Downing Street and was responsible for the Government’s strategy, messaging and campaigns. Sir Craig is also a former Controller of BBC Global, and is now a Keynote Speaker on Geopolitics and Communications, as well as a moderator and podcast host.


About Sir Craig Oliver

Famously, Sir Craig Oliver was the Director of Communications for the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union during the Brexit Referendum. Sir Craig wrote a bestselling book about the experience – “Unleashing Demons” – which was the inspiration behind the Channel 4 drama “Brexit: The Uncivil War” depicting Sir Craig and Dominic Cummings as the main protagonists, with Rory Kinnear and Benedict Cumberbatch playing their respective characters.

His day-to-day work inside No 10 included a radical overhaul of government communications, making them fit for the digital age. Digital transformation, communications strategy and leadership are among the themes Sir Craig explores in his work as a Keynote Speaker, reflecting on the challenges in navigating what he’s coined “a 360 degree media world” at a time of extreme change and volatility. He was at David Cameron’s side as they faced a series of crises and offers sharp insights and fascinating anecdotes reflecting the unique position he held at the heart of government and public affairs.

Before working with Mr Cameron, Sir Craig was a multi-award winning journalist, with jobs ranging from editing the BBC’s flagship television news programmes to Controller of BBC Global, responsible for the corporation’s TV, radio and online content around the world. Sir Craig now often finds himself on the other side of the camera as a broadcaster and commentator and is in demand as a moderator and host for events where his expertise enables him to facilitate and augment panel discussions on the full range of issues and challenges faced in the UK and around the world.

Sir Craig is a Partner and Co-Global Head of Strategy and Reputation at FGS Global, working with some of the biggest businesses in the world. He is also a trustee of the Make a Wish charity.

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Speech Topics

Sir Craig Oliver’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Communications Strategy
  • Government and Public Affairs
  • Purpose, Positioning and Narrative in a volatile world
  • Reputation Management
  • Leadership
  • Geopolitics
  • Digital Leadership
  • Digital Transformation
  • Media
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