The funeral of Baroness Thatcher was one of the biggest pre-planned events in recent history and, whilst contingency plans were in place, it was an unexpected event that took 10 working days of intense planning and management. As Head of Comms at City of London Police, Christine Townsend talks through how a comms team of three were able to negotiate the intensely political and delicate communications strategy and the (many) lessons learnt from the event.
Christine Townsend is Founder and CEO of MusterPoint, a social media management system that was created after her experiences in the emergency services as a crisis communications specialist. She has a background in managing the media for the police and Central Government and spent ten years as a volunteer police officer. She now runs MusterPoint whilst advising organisations around the world on managing challenging public engagement situations. Her experiences include working on high profile events such as the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, the London riots and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
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