Our team worked with not-for-profit, WhistleblowersUK, to publicise the launch of the first ever 'Whistleblowing Awareness Week' (WBAW) 20th - 24th March 2023. The week saw events take place in Parliament at Westminster and elsewhere, including Holyrood.
The key objective of WBAW was to encourage discussions on whistleblowing, and highlight the value of whistleblowers in the fight against crime, corruption and cover up. Also to point to the proposed Whistleblowing Bill which has cross party support, and has seen its second reading in Parliament.
Work on WBAW required us to communicate sensitive messages and contextualise 'the story' by tying in recent media headlines - think Covid decisions, police and NHS corruption, and politician bullying allegations. We created an engaging and informative press release ahead of the awareness week, and generated world-class press coverage. Television broadcasts included BBC World News and BBC One News. National news coverage included The Daily Express, openDemocracy and HR Magazine.
During WBAW, our team accompanied WhistleblowersUK to Downing Street, where we presented the Prime Minister with the proposed Whistleblowing Bill.
Left to right: Hannah Kapff, Joseph Styles, Georgina Halford-Hall, Iain Mitchell KC & Lesley Wan (General Counsel for FBN Bank)
WhistleblowersUK CEO, Georgina Halford-Hall, on BBC World News, aired to 101,000,000 weekly