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Victoria Tomlinson MPRCA


About Victoria

Victoria Tomlinson is founder and CEO of Next-Up founded in 2018 and Northern Lights, founded in 1989. A former director of EY, Victoria is a dynamic businesswoman with expertise in public, private and voluntary sectors.  She is a BBC expert woman, regularly appearing on TV and radio to comment on business and digital. 

Next-Up helps corporates and public sector organisations to support employees coming up to retirement – it can have a huge impact on an individual’s mental health but the issues are poorly understood and there is little help available to ensure a healthy and fulfilling retirement.

An international speaker, Victoria’s blog often appears at the top of Google searches. She is an Amazon bestseller with her eBook, How to write a top-ranked business blog, and named one of the world's top 100 people on Twitter about leadership. 

Victoria has received exceptional trainer status from the Institute of Leadership & Management, through the University of York. She was named Outstanding Communicator of the Year by her PR peers and one of Yorkshire’s top 100 Entrepreneurs. She received the VC’s Outstanding Leadership Award for her chairing of an advisory board for the University of Leeds and sat on the board of Northern Ballet for eight years. She is regularly asked to judge industry awards.

Her particular experience is in strategic business-to-business communications that deliver results and helping leadership teams with strategic communications – including managing crises, internal communications and strategic social media to win business. She coaches a number of chief executives and helps leaders on a personal basis with online branding, presentation and media skills and impact.

Training Theory

“It doesn’t matter what area of communications someone works in, it only makes sense when focused on achieving specific business goals. I always help delegates put their learning into an organisational context, so they have more impact when back at work.” 


Business-focused communications – from crisis to social media, internal to writing award entries – that will have an impact on the success of an organisation.