Lucian J. Hudson (Chair, elected 2016) is an experienced board chair, trustee and strategic communications specialist.
Lucian is a highly practised strategic communications specialist. A trusted advisor to senior leaders, he helps them to manage relationships critical to achieving success. He has supported cabinet ministers, board chairs, vice-chancellors and chief executives.
As communications chief in six large organisations, Lucian has been at the heart of international and national decision-making, business transformation and crisis management.
As the UK Government’s chief spokesman at summits and ministerial meetings on climate change and sustainable development, he briefed media and forged common purpose with governments, business and civic society.
At the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office and more recently, University of Oxford and The Open University, he led strategic change, built teams and engaged multiple stakeholders and the public on the big issues of the day. His OU team won four national awards for social media campaigns promoting lifelong learning.
As a senior BBC television executive, he was a pioneer in producing authoritative breaking news and establishing 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, Lloyds Bank, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Lancashire Constabulary, Oxfam, Royal Academy of Engineering and ProActive ReSolutions.
As Chair, Earthwatch Europe, he is overseeing major new investment and building corporate partnerships, harnessing science and citizen engagement to save our natural world.