Kelly is an experienced government communications expert with 25 years’ experience across four UK government departments and Ministries. She was Director of Communication for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and for an executive law enforcement agency in the Home Office (Ministry of Interior). Her major role in both organisations was to develop departmental communication strategies and to contribute to the overarching government strategy for communication.
She has been an active member of the UK Government Communication Network, helping to develop tools, systems and processes to underpin a strategic approach to government communication and is a trained GCN assessor. She led Defra through a major strategic overhaul and adapted skill sets across her team.
At the Central Office of Information, she developed a framework for learning and development which helped to transform a culture of announcement into a culture of engagement while building skill sets across the network of government regional offices. She advised on the development of the UK’s government’s Engage framework – a process for developing more two-way engagement in policy development and communication – and is currently studying for a Masters in Strategic Public Communication.
She worked with the Tanzanian government to develop a strategic communication framework for communication, and has also lectured regularly to senior officials from Europe, China and Africa.
Kelly is a former Master of the City of London Guild of Public Relations Practitioners.