Cormac Smith

  • Local government’s response to Russia’s war on Ukraine

    08 March 2022

    Local government has a crucial role to play in how we as a nation stand by Ukrainians and resist a hybrid war being waged against us all, says Cormac Smith.

  • Owning the local message

    30 March 2021

    It’s time to get back to the basics of good communication and make these skills more accessible to local communities, says Cormac Smith. He outlines the core communication disciplines every organisation needs to master.

  • Set a new benchmark

    04 May 2016

    Cormac Smith reflects on the latest changes to communication, and what skills chief executives and staff really need to engage effectively.

  • Don’t shoot the messengers

    03 November 2015

    As government communicators are poised to meet in Coventry next week, Cormac Smith outlines the challenges ahead for public service communicators in the coming months

  • Mastering the brief

    26 May 2015

    Cormac Smith says building trust and engagement, commitment to professional development and mastery of digital arts remain key challenges in local government communications.

  • Talk isn't cheap

    06 June 2014

    Cormac Smith outlines the communications challenge ahead as local government and local people get to grips with cuts to council services.

  • In praise of clear communications

    29 April 2014

    Cormac Smith describes how public relations can be a universal language and one that can help to shape the development of government for the better

  • PluggedIN by Cormac Smith

    04 December 2013

    Councils and local newspapers need to have a grown-up and mutually beneficial relationship.

  • PluggedIN by Cormac Smith

    24 July 2013

    Head of communications at Basildon Council and chairman of LG Comms on the importance of strategy.

  • The power of communication

    12 June 2013

    Cormac Smith on LGComms launching a new project which aims to define best practice in council communications.

  • Rebranding councils

    01 May 2013

    Our brand(reputation)is not what we say about ourselves, it is what other people say about us, says Cormac Smith.