Social media – is it time to log off?

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These are incredible times for social media. New debates have started about its role and influence on our lives, triggered by data scandals, mental health impact and concerns about the levels of influence being exerted on all of us.

Many have called for people to end their dependency on different social media platforms and businesses question the opportunities and risk of social media for them.

Is social media a force for good or evil, is it time for all of us to log-off, individuals, brands and businesses?

These are the questions we will be debating with a range of speakers includingShirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Public Health, Ian Collins, Host of The Late Show on LBC, Lisa Dawson, Interior Writer & Blogger and Paul Sutton, Digital Marketing Consultant.

It’ll be a fascinating session, and a chance to see our incredible new agency home at The Ministry as well as enjoy a drink and food with some familiar and new faces.

Speaker biographies:

Shirley Cramer RSPH (002) 

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Public Health

I am an experienced voluntary sector leader in both the UK and the USA and have also held non executive positions in both countries in the public and voluntary sectors. I have also been Chief Executive of Dyslexia Action for over a decade. Prior to RSPH I was Interim Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK and working on the ‘Dementia Challenge’. I also Chair the thinktank, British Future and the People in UK Public Health Group. My academic background includes a UK degree in Social Work and an MSc in Social Administration from Columbia University in New York.


 Ian Collins (2)

Ian Collins, Host of The Late Show on LBC

I am best known as the host of The Late Show on LBC. I am also a contributor to BBC and Sky News as well as a regular face on The Daily Politics and BBC1’s This Week. I am also a co-director of BigFings Media – an independent Production Company specialising in making podcasts.



Lisa Dawson, Interior Writer & Blogger

With a background in fashion and homewares retail, I write a weekly blog based on interior lifestyle and run Styling Your Home and social media workshops across the country.  Two years ago, I launched the first UK interior hashtag #myhomevibe which was instrumental in creating an online interiors community and last year launched a project called Revamp Restyle Reveal, the first multi platform social media interior challenge.  In September 2017 I was named in the Marie Claire Power List of the top 30 female influencers and I won Best Newcomer in the EKBB Influencer Awards.  I work closely with brands to produce social content across multiple channels and have an Instagram following of over 110k.  I live in York with my husband and three children.


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Paul Sutton, Digital Marketing Consultant

I established my digital marketing consultancy four years ago following 15 years working primarily within communications agencies. I now provide strategic social media consultancy, creative campaign advice and best practice training for brands and in-house communications teams of all types. I am know for my straight-talking approach to social media and I am a well-respected bloggers on the topics of social media, digital marketing, PR and communications. In January this year, I launched the Digital Download Podcast with a focus on demystifying digital communications.

Event Details

When: Thursday 19th July

What time: Kick off at 6.30pm, drinks served from 6pm

Where:  The Ministry, 79 Borough Road, London, SE1 1DN

Reserve your seat now!


Abigail Mayhew
Abigail Mayhew

New Business & Marketing Executive

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