The Year Ahead 2018

An invitation only networking event

Wednesday 10 January 2018

The Year Ahead is our very popular afternoon invite-only networking event for senior professionals from across the media industry, which sees panellists give their views on key media issues from the year, and their predictions for the year ahead.

Tess Alps is back to join Ray Snoddy and Torin Douglas, with Lindsay Pattison joining the panel this year. They'll share their thoughts on 2017 and a few predictions for 2018, in answer to questions posed by you.

Event Partners

    Headline partner
  • Ezoic
  • Silver sponsor
  • Bloomberg

Speakers

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    Torin Douglas

    Media Commentator

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    Raymond Snoddy

    Media Journalist and Mediatel columnist

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    Lindsay Pattison

    Chief Transformation Officer, GroupM & WPP

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    Tess Alps

    Chair, Thinkbox

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Torin Douglas

Media Commentator

Torin left BBC News in June 2013 after 24 years as its media correspondent - and 40 years reporting and analysing media issues for the business press and broadcasters. A popular public speaker, writer and event chair, Torin is also director of the Chiswick Book Festival and was awarded the MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to the community in Chiswick.


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Raymond Snoddy

Media Journalist and Mediatel columnist

Raymond is a highly regarded writer and media consultant. He has written columns for The Independent and was media editor of The Times for seven years. Before moving to The Times he was a reporter on the FT for 19 years, covering media and communication issues. His television credits include eight years as the BBC’s NewsWatch presenter.


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Lindsay Pattison

Chief Transformation Officer, GroupM & WPP

In May 2017, Lindsay was appointed GroupM’s first-ever global Chief Transformation Officer, and a few months later to the same role for WPP (November 2017). At GroupM, Lindsay is leading change programs to support group and agency structures, talent and leadership development, and culture and diversity. At WPP, Lindsay oversees 50 global client teams and helps the company deliver on its core strategic priority of horizontality. Previously, Lindsay was Maxus’ Global CEO since October 2014 with responsibility for 3,000 colleagues across 55 markets and client media investment worth more than £11.2bn. In another stint in dual roles, she previously served as Global Chief Strategy Officer and U.K. CEO for Maxus during a period of sevenfold growth. Her experience also includes roles at Young and Rubicam and PHD Media, as well as a senior client-side role with Sony Ericsson. Lindsay is a passionate advocate for business leaders taking meaningful action to improve gender equality. In 2016, she launched ‘Walk the Talk,’ an initiative to help senior Maxus women overcome the practical, cultural and psychological barriers to achieving their potential. GroupM and WPP have adopted this program globally. Lindsay serves as a non-executive director on the board of Chime Communications Ltd, representing WPP, and has joined the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) Taskforce on the Value of Business as the communication specialist. Lindsay was named one of Cranfield’s FTSE Board Report’s 100 Women to Watch in 2015 and 2016; in 2017, she was listed for the third time in Britain’s top 500 Most Influential People by Debrett’s; and Ad Age recognized her as one of their 2015 Women to Watch. Lindsay is an ex-President of Women in Advertising & Communications London (WACL) and served two terms on the WEF Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media. Lindsay blogs for Fortune’s MPW (Most Powerful Women) network, Huffington Post and the World Economic Forum. She is currently, and very slowly, learning to play the piano and is a keen, formerly competitive swimmer once participating in Olympics trials.


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Speaker

Tess Alps

Chair, Thinkbox

Tess is the Executive Chairman of Thinkbox, the central marketing body for commercial TV in all its forms and on all platforms. Thinkbox’s shareholders are Channel 4, ITV, Sky, Turner and UKTV who represent over 90% of UK broadcast TV revenues through their owned and partner channels. She took up the challenge of becoming its first Chief Executive and setting up the organisation in 2006. Thinkbox’s role is to help advertisers get the best out of today’s TV, by proving its enduring effectiveness and helping marketers navigate the developing technologies that are contributing to TV’s expansion. Immediately prior to this she was the Chairman of the PHD Group in the UK, a communications agency. In her 13 years with PHD she played a variety of roles - joining as Broadcast Director and founding Drum PHD - and ended up as Group Chairman in 2003. After reading English at Durham, a postgraduate year at theatre school and a spell in theatre in education, Tess started in TV sales by accident; she ended up as an ITV Sales Director before hopping over the fence to join PHD. Her career has been dominated by a belief in TV’s cultural and commercial importance and by trying to bring the two worlds of brands and TV closer. Tess is a past President and Honorary member of WACL, a Fellow of the Marketing Society and a member of the MGGB. She sits on advisory boards for the Advertising Standards Authority and BBC magazines and was a trustee of NABS for 3 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and a member of BAFTA. In 2007 she won the Outstanding Achievement award from Women in Film and Television. Apart from watching lots of telly, Tess grows turnips, sings Tallis and is regularly thrashed at table tennis by her husband of 36 years and 17 year old son out in the Chilterns.


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Venue

The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DD
Nearest underground stations Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) and Temple (District and Circle lines).

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