Date of release: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Colin ByrneOne of the UK's leading public relations practitioners is giving a free talk at the University of Greenwich on Wednesday 14 October.

Colin Byrne, Chief Executive Officer of global public relations agency Weber Shandwick, will be sharing his expertise gained from a career which has spanned communications and campaign strategies, politics, public affairs and issues management.

Colin has managed national and international press offices and advised many senior figures in business and politics on issues including reputation management and handling the media. Companies such as Shell, Coca-Cola and the BBC have been among his clients.

He joined Weber Shandwick in 1995, rising to lead the public affairs practice in London in 1997, and is now a senior member of the global management team.

During his career he has also served as Head of Press & Broadcasting for the Labour Party, and as Communications Director of The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum.

He featured in GQ's annual '100 Most Influential Men in Britain' ranking for eight years running, has appeared on BBC's Question Time and is a regular commentator and speaker on communications issues.

The university's popular Big Picture seminar series, run by its Business School, gives students, staff and the public a chance to hear high-profile speakers from various industries sharing their expertise and advice. Questions and answers follow the main talk.

The seminar takes place at the Greenwich Campus from 5pm. While it free to attend, registration is essential due to demand. To find out more:

For more about studying with the Business School:, email or call 020 8331 9000.

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Caption: Colin Byrne.