Lucian Hudson

Lucian Hudson, Consultant on Collaborative Strategies

Lucian Hudson advises on collaborative strategies to help organizations achieve greater impact. He has recently produced a report for the FCO on what makes for effective partnership and collaboration, examining the relationship between governments, business and non-government organisations (NGOs). He has involved more than 100 organizations globally, including 20 governments, and 10 international institutions.

From September 2006 until June this year, Lucian was the FCO Director of Communication. He created and led for the first time in the FCO's history a singlecommunication directorate, and a global network of 200 communicators. This drew together strategic communication, public diplomacy, media, internal communication and stakeholder engagement. He led the first change programme to mainstream communication.

Previously, Lucian led the UK government's Media Emergency Forum, and co-chaired a Cabinet Office working group involving government departments, emergency services and media representatives to agree and implementnew rules of engagement after 9/11. He was the principal communications adviser to the government's Risk Group, and oversaw implementation of the Freedom of Information Act in all government communication directorates.

Between 2004 and 2006, he was Director of Communications, DCA (now Ministry of Justice), and chaired the department's crisis management team. Between 2001 and 2004, he was Director of Communications and Chief Knowledge Officer at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Lucian was seconded to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) to run media operations at the height of the foot and mouth crisis in 2001 from his post as the government's first Director of e-Communications. He launched the UK government's first web portal, andestablished the firstUKonline marketing strategy.

Before joining the Civil Service, he was editorial director of a dot.com following a 16-year career with the BBC and ITV, as a television executive, programme editor and producer.For seven years, Lucian led two not-for-profit organizations, the Tavistock Institute, and the Rory Peck Trust.