About Robert

“Robert Phillips is one of the great professional communicators of our age.”
Cormac Smith
Chair, Local Government Communications

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Robert has spent the past thirty years at the top of the global communications industry and is well known for his radical, challenging and future-facing views. He was the co-founder of Jackie Cooper PR in the 1980s (the agency behind some of the most iconic Brand PR campaigns of the late twentieth century) and went on the become CEO of Edelman, the world’s largest Public Relations firm, in the UK and then across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

It was while at Edelman that Robert had an epiphany: PR was dead and the consultancy business model was broken. He quit his job and went on to write Trust Me, PR is Dead and to co-found Jericho Chambers, a progressive strategy consultancy described as “a much-needed antidote to McKinsey and WPP”.

With Jericho – part consultancy, part Think Tank and part campaigners for the Common Good – Robert is exploring new models of communications, leadership and trust in the post truth, post trust, post PR age – and advising business leaders and organisations on how to deliver change for good in these fragile and uncertain times. Robert leads Jericho Chambers’ work on the Future of Work is Human for CIPD and Responsible Tax for KPMG.

Robert is a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, University of London and co-author of Citizen Renaissance (2008). He is a regular public speaker, media commentator and columnist. He describes his management beliefs in six words: “no fear, no mediocrity, no assholes”.

Mail Robert if you are interested in working together.

Media & Speaking Credits

Robert is the author of a number of articles and pamphlets on the future of communications, leadership and trust.

Robert’s speaking credits include the European Roundtable, the Global Economic Symposium, the Confederation of British Industry, the British Chamber of Commerce, OECD, European Association of Communications Directors,Oxford University, London School of Economics, Cass Business School, The Institute of Ideas, the UK Treasury and Ministry of Defence – as well as various client and corporate assignments, including The Financial Times, KPMG, RBS, Sanofi and Saudi Aramco.

He has spoken at major conferences and events around the world – including in London, Berlin, Moscow, Milan, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi and Dhahran.

Media contributions include the BBC (radio and TV), Financial Times, Management Today, International Business Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal Europe, El Pais, Kommersant, Communication Director, Corporate Communications, PR Week, The Holmes Report and Campaign.

Memberships & Associations

Robert is a Fellow of the RSA; a Trustee of The Creative Society; an Associate at the Centre for London. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Forward Institute and has served on the Advisory Boards of the Global Economic Symposium, the European Circle of Communicators and the CBI London Council. He is a Fellow of the Public Relations Consultants Association and founding Vice Chair of the PRCA Diversity Network. Robert is an occasional TED attendee.

Awards

Robert enjoys the curious career bookmarks of being named “One to Watch” by PR Week in 1993 and again by The Holmes Report in 2015. In between, he has collected a number of prestigious awards and accolades for campaigns (Wonderbra, PlayStation, Daewoo, Snapple, O2, Xbox, Shell, among others) and outstanding business performance – including Consultancy of the Year gongs for Edelman in the UK (twice), the Middle East and across Europe. Under his stewardship, Edelman won numerous awards for its digital campaigns and leadership in EMEA. Robert is ever-present in PR Week’s annual Powerbook and is listed in the Wired 100 digital influencers.

Further Personal Details

Robert is married, with two sons. He lives in London. Robert was educated at Balliol College, Oxford (rather briefly) and the University of London. His leadership mantras are “no mediocrity; no fear; no assholes”. Robert is a lifelong Manchester United fan and does not eat fish. In another life, he would quite like to have been Bob Dylan.

If you would like to work with Robert, as consultant or speaker:robert.phillips@jerichochambers.com + 44 77 85 25 45 44

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Career Snapshot

Robert was formerly President and CEO, EMEA, of Edelman, the world’s largest Public Relations firm, and Global Chair of its Public Engagement & Future Strategies group. He contributed to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer from 2007 to 2012.

Robert co-founded Jackie Cooper PR in 1987, having launched his first company two years earlier, while still at university.

He sold JCPR to Edelman in 2004 and was UK CEO of Edelman from 2007 to 2010, during which time the company became digitally native, grew exponentially and established a clear leadership position among its competitive set. Under Robert’s leadership, Edelman collected UK Consultancy of the Year Awards twice in three years and was named runner-up on the third occasion.

Client Counsel – Board Level & Executive Teams

AkzoNobel
Aviva
Capital & Counties Properties PLC
Diageo
KPMG
Microsoft
O2
RICS
Shell
Sony Computer Entertainment
Unilever
Wonderbra

“Robert is someone who is unafraid to ask the big questions … a joy to work with”
Samantha Rockey
SABMiller

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