Lucian J. Hudson (Chair, elected 2016) is a highly experienced board chair, trustee and strategic communications specialist. A trusted advisor to senior leaders, he helps them to manage relationships critical to achieving success. He has personally supported cabinet ministers, board chairs, chief executives and vice-chancellors.
As communications chief in five large organisations since 2000, Lucian has been at the heart of international and national decision-making and business transformation, and as the UK government’s chief spokesman at summits and ministerial meetings on climate change and sustainable development he briefed international media and forged common purpose with other governments, business and civic society.
At the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office and most recently, The Open University, Lucian has led high-performing and empowered teams, and engaged multiple stakeholders and the public on the big issues of the day. His Open University team won four national awards for social media campaigns promoting lifelong learning.
As a senior BBC television executive at the BBC, he was a pioneer in producing authoritative breaking news and establishing cutting-edge commercial joint venture channels with international broadcasters. He founded the UK Government’s first digital portal, and revolutionised the Foreign Office’s use of social media. At the OU, he masterminded the PR launch of FutureLearn, the digital education platform serving millions of learners globally.
As a consultant, his past clients include NHS, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Lancashire Constabulary, Oxfam, Lloyds Bank, Royal Academy of Engineering and ProActive ReSolutions.
In his role as Chair, Earthwatch Europe, Lucian is building international support for harnessing science and citizen engagement to save our natural world.