Former Vice President and Head of Policy, World Bank and former policy advisor to Nelson Mandela
A sought-after speaker with extensive experience in politics, sports, charities, and mental health-related issues. Speaker Alastair Campbell previously worked as the press secretary, spokesman, and director of communications and strategy of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Organizations book Alastair Campbell to learn about the Blair years, strategic communication in politics, and how winners succeed.
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Political speaker Alastair Campbell is a communicator, writer, and strategist. He was also the press secretary, spokesman, and director of communications and strategy of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Aside from politics, writing, and speaking, he spends most of his time working with charities and consulting.
When it comes to charities, Alastair mainly deals with mental health ones. In fact, he co-founded the Equality4MentalHealth party. During the 2005 spending review, the party managed to secure an additional £600million for mental health services.
Despite having left a full-time position with the Blair administration in 2003, he returned for each of the three successive general elections, first assisting Blair, then Gordon Brown, and finally Ed Miliband. He also provided advice to the Better Together campaign, which opposed Scottish independence.
Speaker Alastair Campbell has done a lot of work involving universities, such as teaching at Cambridge University and helping to found UCFB. He is also involved in sports. For instance, he has written for the Irish Times, The Times, and Esquire magazine. Furthermore, he has raised funds for Burnley FC and played charity football matches with Pele and Diego Maradona.
His first book, The Blair Years, became a Sunday Times Number 1 bestseller. Since then, he has continued to write other diaries and novels, from politics to mental illness and alcoholism.
In 2008, Alastair showed a documentary on BBC2 regarding his 1986 breakdown. Several mental health charities and campaign groups praised the documentary. This resulted in his election as Mind Champion of the Year award in 2009. Furthermore, Alastair has produced a BBC documentary pertaining to alcoholism.
After the UK decided to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, he helped found The New European, a journal dedicated to stopping Brexit. During his tenure at Downing Street, he dealt with the country’s key policy issues and international crises.
Alastair Campbell is highly in demand when it comes to speaking about leadership, strategic communication, crisis management, and team building. Since the publication of Winners: And How They Succeed, he has been contacted by several top sports organizations to provide his support.
In this keynote speech based on his bestselling books, a revelatory account of Tony Blair’s tumultuous leadership, The Blair Years gathers extracts from the diaries of the man who knew him best: Alastair Campbell — Blair’s spokesman from 1994 to 2003, his press secretary, strategist, and closest confidant. It is a compelling chronicle of contemporary British politics and the rise of New Labour, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in Britain’s history.
Alastair Campbell is a sought after public speaker in Britain and abroad. Drawing on his experience of ten years alongside Tony Blair, and his considerable understanding of the modern media, he specialises in strategy, making change, dealing with the media and crisis management – often at the same time. In this keynote speech, Alastair will talk about strategic communication in politics and analyze current global affairs and how those in power are communicating about them.
Alastair Campbell knows all about winning. As Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist he helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he’s fascinated by what it takes to win.
How do sports stars excel, entrepreneurs thrive, or individuals achieve their ambition? Is their ability to win innate? Or is the winning mindset something we can all develop? Drawing on the wisdom of an astonishing array of talented people – from elite athletes to top managers, from rulers of countries to rulers of global business empires – Alastair Campbell uses his forensic skills, as well as his own experience of politics and sport, to get to the heart of success. He examines how winners tick. He considers how they build great teams. He analyses how they deal with unexpected setbacks and new challenges. He judges what the very different worlds of politics, business and sport can learn from one another. And he sets out a blueprint for winning that we can all follow.
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