Marketing and Communications

Kris GriffinMarketing in education is all about celebrating students, we must never forget this; everything we do must be about the students. Everything!

Kris Griffin


At Forge we take marketing and communications seriously which is why we employ a specialist, Kris Griffin.

Kris has developed a national reputation as an ideas-led, goal-driven individual. He has delivered results for a number of sectors including education, third sector, military, Premier League football and many BBC licences including Doctor Who. He is equally efficient working internationally, with Government departments or within a local audience. His multifaceted approach and distinctive, inspirational leadership style has benefited many organisations over the last 20 years.

Kris is also a published writer, school Governor, experienced patient advocate (with familiarity of parliamentary lobbying) and a dedicated marketing and social media practitioner. He has worked with international newsrooms including CNN, Fox News and CBC and received a commendation from US security agencies for his research work following 9/11. He is able to draw on his diverse expertise to shape emerging issues within education.

Kris serves as a member of our senior leadership team and is heavily involved in day-to-day activities around the academy. He also controls all of our outwardly facing materials as well as organising events throughout the year.

Kris and our designer Lisa Harkins are available, on a consultancy basis, to support other schools in a variety of marketing work.

The majority of our consultancy work is social media and Kris is fast becoming a national leader in advising education on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many other networks. We have many examples where we have successfully and cost effectively recruited students and staff through social media. Kris will share innovative strategies with you including personalised training and safeguarding integration to ensure that a sustained, safe resource is developed.

As well as social media we can deliver solutions in the following areas: prospectus design, advertising strategy and design, event management, signage, communications strategy and crisis management.

We also work with a number of first-class partners who can offer media booking, website design, photography, video and PR.

In short we are able to support all forms of marketing and communication needs that a school may encounter; solving recruitment problems is a particular speciality.

In the first instance call or email Kris for a free 30 minute consultation.

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