Lucian J. Hudson

Director of Communications The Open University

Now in his fifth communications chief role, Lucian J. Hudson helps transform top organisations through strategic communications. He has held top communications posts in four UK government departments, including Director of Communication, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Director of e-Communications – the first holder of this post. Lucian recently was an independent expert reviewing communications capability at the Cabinet Office and No10 (report published June 2013). Before joining The Open University, and after leaving the Civil Service, Lucian was Partner and the first Managing Director of Cornerstone Global Associates, providing international strategic consultancy to government, business, civil society organisations, universities and business schools. An accredited CEDRmediator, Lucian is an expert in brokering collaborative resolution. Lucian was a senior executive and television journalist with the BBC and ITV for 17 years. As Head of Programming, International Channels, BBC Worldwide, he helped establish the first international television channels as a joint venture between BBC and Discovery. As Strand Editor, BBC World, he led the transformation of breaking news and live events, which included producing the first six hours of television coverage on the death of Princess Diana. For the past 15 years, Lucian has been Chairman of three non-profit organisations: Liberal Judaism, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and Rory Peck Trust. Lucian wrote the first international report on the scope and limits of cross-sector collaboration, “The Enabling State: Collaborating for Success” (FCO, 2009), based on extensive primary and secondary research