Final Call for Cogs Talks tickets Tuesday 10th May

Hi Folks, This is the final call for anyone else wanting a seat at the next Cogs Talks, which will be held at @TheHospitalClub on Tuesday 10th May at …

Hi Folks,

This is the final call for anyone else wanting a seat at the next Cogs Talks, which will be held at @TheHospitalClub on Tuesday 10th May at 7pm.

This is the 3rd instalment of our Cogs Talks series entitled ‘Change.’  These talks aim to bring together industry leaders across the digital space to discuss and debate the merits of innovation, technology and social media in business. Previous Cogs Talks have featured Andy Kinsella, innovations director at Glue London and Ben Scott Robinson, director at We Love Mobile. We hope that you’ll be able to join us for an evening of insight and discussion.

Unfortunately we only have a limited capacity in terms of seating so please; RSVP to or call 0207 749 0777.

Twitter: @CogsTalks


Tuesday, 10th May 2011 7-10 pm


The Forest Room, The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, Covent Garden.


Guest speakers Chris Reed, managing partner of Brew and 77 Social (within the Fishburn Hedges Group) and Will Francis, social media Consultant and founder of Harkable.

The audience (hopefully including you) will include a selective bunch of influential folks from big brands, agencies, start-ups and the media.


Drinks and canapés


Drinks and canapés


About our Speakers:

Chris Reed

Chris has almost 20 years’ experience spanning consumer and corporate communications, both in-house (including for BBC News during September 11th), and for the last ten years within the Fishburn Hedges Group on clients ranging from BT to Eurostar. Ever since he started programming his ZX81, Chris has been fascinated by technology. He started blogging on a trip round the world in 2000, and hasn’t looked back since. After several years leading integrated communications campaigns within the Fishburn Hedges Group, Chris established and led the agency’s Digital and Social Media teams, before setting up Brew, the digital marketing agency within the Group, and helping to shape 77 Social. In recent years Chris has been working with clients to dovetail their digital, traditional and customer service communications, particularly helping international businesses prepare for (and then deal with) social/traditional media crises, and training staff in social media best practice. He recently started his own consultancy, to help organisations make the structural and cultural changes required to deal with the impact of social media across their entire business. He speaks regularly comms industry events, and on Sky News, and shouts a lot at Arsenal. He can be followed on Twitter at @Chris_Reed

Will Francis

From a background of web, video and audio production, Will became one of the early MySpace staff in the UK where he created some of the first examples of TV premieres, live webcasts and branded content series in the social web. After being a producer and running the Comedy channel there, he became Editor in 2009, immediately undertaking an editorial overhaul of the UK site and launching the site’s broader music streaming service, both of which buoyed traffic and were replicated globally. During this time Will hosted weekly live and interactive interviews with key global talent including Justin Bieber, Cheryl Cole, Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand, and developed a significant online personal presence primarily on Twitter (where he was named by the Telegraph as one of the ‘Top 5 Most Influential Techy Britons’). He blogs on and writes for Brand Republic’s ‘The Wall Blog.’ After leaving his post of UK Editor in 2010, he has gone on to work with some of the UK’s top brands on their social strategy whilst launching his start-up – – which is now in private beta. He still consults for DDB, developing ‘talkable’ campaigns which thrive in today’s physical and digital environment.

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