Communicating for NATO - Lessons from the field

Mark Laity (NATO) at Commonwealth Club, Canberra

Mark Laity has been involved with the media, information and now Strategic Communications for over three decades, both as a journalist, mostly with the BBC, and then for NATO. His experience covers all levels, from high politics to the frontlines of major conflicts.

He is now the Director of the new Communications Division at SHAPE, having from 2007 until 2017 been the first Chief Strategic Communications (StratCom) at SHAPE, leading on the creation of StratCom within NATO. This post followed nine months in Afghanistan as the NATO Spokesman and Media Adviser to ISAF’s Commander. Since then he has done two further tours of Afghanistan, in 2008 and 2010. Before SHAPE, where he was also Chief of Public Affairs, Mark Laity spent four years as Special Adviser to the Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson, as well as NATO’s Deputy Spokesman. He had a wide variety of policy and media roles, including in 2001 being personal adviser to the President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia when that country was on the verge of civil war.

Mark Laity joined NATO after 22 years in journalism, and most notably 11 years as the BBC's Defence Correspondent, with whom he reported from the frontlines of most conflicts of the nineties, but particularly the 1991 Gulf War and the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Please join us for this special exclusive PRIA lunch


Date: Thursday 22 March
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Commonwealth Club, 25 Forster Crescent, Yarralumla, Canberra

Price: Members $50.00 + GST | Non-members: $70.00 + GST

Registrations Open: 1st Mar 18 9:00 AM
Registrations Close: 21st Mar 18 5:00 PM
Price: AU $ 70
Places Available: 32