Rebekah Clement

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism and Communication Management)
Graduated in 2009

Senior Manager, Speeches and Briefs - Lloyd’s (of London)

A degree in communications is a great foundation for a career that can literally take you anywhere. Of course, hard work and saying yes to opportunities - no matter how daunting - also helps!

After finishing secondary school, with an interest in journalism and speech writing, I set my sights on studying communications. At the time, Massey was the only university in New Zealand with a comprehensive communications degree offering theoretical study and practical courses that could be directly applied to a variety of communications careers.

During my first year I studied full time at the Wellington campus. After a year of campus life, I had the opportunity to work in Parliament and decided to study part time, extramurally. This was a huge advantage. Every day I would take my learnings with me and apply them in a real-life setting.

Since graduating I have worked in many communications roles. For four years I was the Press Secretary and Public Affairs Adviser to the Governor-General of New Zealand. This role involved acting as a spokesperson and speechwriter for Sir Anand Satyanand and Sir Jerry Mateparae.

During my time at Government House, I was seconded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to lead the communications for the 2012 visit of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
In 2013, I moved to London and worked for two years as Global Media and PR Manager for London Tourism. I promoted and managed London’s reputation as a world-leading destination at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional organisation.

I now work for Lloyd’s (of London) - the world’s specialist insurance and reinsurance market. As Senior Manager of Speeches and Briefs I write speeches and opinion pieces, provide briefing documents for international trips, and strategic communications counsel to the executive.

If you told me in 2010 that over the next six years I would work with the future King of New Zealand, help promote London with Hugh Bonneville and Professor Stephen Hawking, have meetings at 10 Downing Street or work for the world's most famous mayor, Boris Johnson, I wouldn't have believed it.

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