Richard Pope joins simply as NED


Richard Pope has joined simplycommunicate as Non Executive Director to help drive the growth of our events and the simplynetwork.

Richard co-founded Procurement Leaders in 2004, quickly establishing it as a leader in the information and events space. He was responsible for strategy, fast growth, international expansion, building teams from the ground up and acquiring a company to build Procurement Leaders into a globally recognised brand.

Procurement Leaders serves an impressive blue-chip client base and has won 28 industry awards. Richard looks forward to making an impact on simply’s development:

“It’s an honour to join Marc and the simply team at this juncture in their growth journey. I hope I can bring some of the lessons learned from my last roles and translate them into real value for the vibrant IC community”.

Marc Wright explains simply’s first appointment of a non-executive director:
“As simply has grown I am painfully aware that I do not have all the answers. It is a very different world from when we started in 2005; The old models of running any publishing, events or consultancy business have changed beyond recognition. You can no longer just sell to people, trusting that they will believe you know what you are talking about it.  Today online communities and informal networks mean that Internal Comms professionals are looking for trust first and the contract second.

“Richard has built Procurement Leaders by putting the user at the centre of everything they do. I love the way they obsess with helping their members thrive and build their own professionalism and careers.

“We want to do for the IC community what Richard has done for procurement. We have started that journey with the launch of the simplynetwork and our smile events, such as smileexpo and smilelondon. Richard’s advice will help us support more communicators, more deeply, more of the time.”

Emma Mackie has also joined the simply team as Community Manager for the simplynetwork:

“I’m delighted to be getting involved with simply and the IC community at this exciting stage of the simplynetwork’s growth. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all, and learning about your particular interests and areas of expertise, as well as the challenges you face specific to your industry as you shape your digital workplace – or with wider IC issues. I’ll be working alongside Jo Ayre to help our members get the most out of their time on the network, and its associated events and workshops. So if there’s anything you feel we can help you with – or if you just want to say hi – we’d love to hear from you!”

And on the consultancy side we have two new associates:

Thecla Schreuders  is a highly effective strategic and creative communications consultant with extensive experience in:

  • Storytelling, engagement and communication
  • Digital transformation
  • Culture and behaviour change

Helen Chown is a communications professional with experience across a number of global brands and sectors.

  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Gatwick Airport
  • PepsiCo
  • GSK

Helen’s experience includes a strong emphasis on supporting HR colleagues with projects including introducing new HR portals, benefits schemes as well as cyclical communications such as bonus and annual performance reviews.

Meet our growing team of consultants