Mikey Hoare

Director, Kekst CNC

Mikey has extensive experience handling communications on sensitive and critical issues, engaging audiences to help organisations deliver their mission. 20 years of working in UK Government saw Mikey lead work across the range of communications disciplines, including media relations, strategic communications, countering disinformation, and contingency planning. Some of his highest-profile engagements include public messaging on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the evacuation from Afghanistan, complex cyber incidents, and hostage crises. He trained people across Government on leading communications teams in a crisis. Most recently, Mikey was Director of National Security Communications at the UK Cabinet Office. Before that, he was Director of Communications at a British national security agency. He ran the Foreign Office’s press and digital team through multiple crises, and has been Head of Communications at the British Embassy in Washington, and Press Secretary at the UK’s Mission to the United Nations. Mikey started his career as a financial journalist focused on Equity Capital Markets and M&A, winning the 2003 British Chambers of Commerce Business Journalist of the Year in the Corporate Finance category. At Kekst CNC, Mikey has a particular focus on crisis preparedness and handling, cyber incidents, and geopolitics.