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Angus Taverner – Profile

Angus Taverner

Angus Taverner is a specialist in media relations, political risk and strategic communications.  He has been working with governments and organisations in Europe, the US and the Middle East since 2000, and has completed many projects involving: news analysis; interpreting international media trends and perceptions; as well as commentary on strategic issues that influence political, diplomatic and economic debate around the world.

Formerly an artillery officer in the British Army, Angus subsequently specialised in media-military relations, developing the UK Armed Forces’ first formal doctrine for undertaking Media Operations and, while working for the UK Ministry of Defence, he conceived and established the UK’s Defence Media Operations Centre (DMOC) in 2002.  He planned the military-media support for initial operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan and evolved the UK policy for embedding war correspondents with UK forces.  He was the British Army’s spokesman during the Foot & Mouth emergency in the UK in 2001.

Today, he is recognised for work in political risk analysis, media relations, media analysis and crisis communications.

He has contributed to a number of books[1] on the strategic use of ‘Soft Power’ and the military employment of Information and Influence Campaigns.  He has lectured widely including: The National Press Club, Washington; Chatham House, London; the Royal United Services Institution (RUSI), London; and the NATO School; Oberammergau.  He has also conducted training in the UAE, Oman, Sweden, Estonia, Armenia, Ireland, Hungary, Romania, Bangladesh and Germany.

[1] War and the Media: Reportage and Propaganda, 1900-2003. Mark Connelly and David Welch, editors. I.B. Tauris 2003;  Communicating War: Memory, Media & Military. Sarah Maltby & Richard Keeble, editors.  Sage, 2007; and Soft Power and Hegemony in US Foreign Affairs:Theoretical, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Inderjeet Parmar and Michael Cox, editors.  Routledge, 2009.

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