Elizabeth Bananuka

Blueprinted: Founder/CEO

Elizabeth is a senior comms consultant listed in the PRWeek Power Book 2019 and 2020.

In 2019 Elizabeth served as a strategy adviser and communications consultant for BookTrust Represents, an initiative aimed at increasing the number of children’s authors and illustrators of colour in the UK publishing industry.

Elizabeth is the founder of BME PR Pros (www.bmeprpros.co.uk) which she describes as “one person’s little attempt to promote diversity in the PR and comms sector”. She developed and manages every aspect of the initiative in her spare time including the popular BME PR Pros / PRWeek Mentoring Scheme, the website (which she likes to point out "had more than 220k hits all through organic growth in a 16-month period") and all social media channels (she takes full credit for the Daniel Kaluuya gifs). She has held BME PR Pro events (with all BME panels), delivered diversity workshops for agencies including Weber Shandwick and lobbied industry publications to diversify their judging panels, speakers and commentators. In November 2019 she organised the first BME PR Pros Conference (“Comms in a Post-Mainstream World”) featuring a line-up of 30 BME speakers including Liv Little, Samira Ahmed, JJ Bola and Femi Oluwole covering topics including Black Twitter and toxic masculinity.

 

In 2020 Elizabeth launched The Blueprint diversity mark (www.thisistheblueprint.co.uk). The first diversity mark aimed at promoting racial diversity in PR and comms.