Emily Kirwan

Head of Communications & Engagement , BBC News
Head of Communications & Engagement
BBC News

Emily’s career in communications and media spans nine years and four continents, focusing on internal and digital communications and corporate reputation management. She has worked in New Zealand, London, Hong Kong and New York and is a regular speaker at national and international communications forums. In her current role as Associate Director of Communications and Engagement at EY, Emily is responsible for devising and delivering a global internal communications and engagement strategy for EY’s Advisory business. Part of the global Brand, Marketing and Communications team, Emily plays an important role in supporting the organisation’s ambitious brand acceleration programme.

Prior to  joining EY Emily spent five years as Global Head of Corporate and Internal Communications at the Financial Times. In this role she delivered a robust corporate communications strategy, responsible for protecting and building the FT’s brand around the world, and oversaw global internal programmes and communications. During her tenure the FT Communications team won the PR Week 2015 International In-House Team of the Year Award, which recognises in-house teams that demonstrate excellence in global strategy and innovation.

Before the FT, Emily was a journalist and presenter for Radio New Zealand.

Emily is one of 2014 The Drum 30 under 30, which celebrates women aged under 30 who have proven their talent in digital strategy roles. She won the 2013 European Young Communicator Award, which recognises outstanding projects that contribute to shaping the future of the communications industry, and was named the 2013 Institute of Internal Communications Internal Communicator of the Year.

Emily is a Board Member of the European Association of Communication Directors, sits on the Council of the Media Society, and runs regular Women in Media networking events in London. She holds a journalism degree from the New Zealand Broadcasting School, where she was awarded the Radio Network Scholarship for Excellence in Radio Journalism.

Follow Emily on Twitter @emilyjg