The Year Ahead 2019

An invitation only networking event

Wednesday 9 January 2019

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.

Torin Douglas and Ray Snoddy are back and will be joined by Tracy De Groose, Executive Chair, Newsworks and Kathryn Jacob OBE, CEO, Pearl & Dean this year. They'll share their thoughts on 2018 and a few predictions for 2019, in answer to questions posed by you.

Event Partners

    Headline partner
  • Ezoic
  • Silver sponsor
  • Bloomberg

Agenda

14:30

Palm Court

Registration and Welcome drinks

15:00

Palm Court

Welcome

15:10

Palm Court

The economic year ahead for advertising and media

15:20

Palm Court

Three things to look out for in 2019

17:15

Palm Court

Drinks and canapés

Speakers

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    Derek Jones

    CEO, Mediatel

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    Matthew Bloxham

    Senior Analyst, EMEA Media, Telecoms and Technology, Bloomberg Intelligence

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    John Cole

    COO, Ezoic

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    Raymond Snoddy

    Media Journalist and Mediatel Columnist

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    Torin Douglas

    Media Commentator

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    Tracy De Groose

    Executive Chair, Newsworks

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    Kathryn Jacob OBE

    CEO, Pearl & Dean

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Derek Jones

CEO, Mediatel


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Matthew Bloxham

Senior Analyst, EMEA Media, Telecoms and Technology, Bloomberg Intelligence

Matthew Bloxham is a senior analyst for the EMEA media, telecom and technology sectors for Bloomberg Intelligence. Matthew spent 16 years working as a sell-side research analyst with Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan covering the European media and telecom sectors. Before embarking on his career in the City, Matthew spent six years working in strategy consulting, and has worked in public policy for the GSMA, the global mobile industry association.


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John Cole

COO, Ezoic


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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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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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Tracy De Groose

Executive Chair, Newsworks

Tracy is Executive Chair of Newsworks and a portfolio director, advisor and investor. At Newsworks, the marketing arm of the national newsbrands, she is tasked with championing Britain's vibrant news media to readers and advertisers across the nation. Prior to this, Tracy was CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network, where she managed the UK & Ireland P&L of 20 media, creative, digital and data agency businesses with over 4,000 people across London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin. Under her leadership the Group doubled in size between May 2014 and September 2017. Tracy's earlier career saw her tackle some of the UK’s biggest marketing and communications challenges, both agency and client side. From the early days of revitalising the Stella Artois brand in the 90s - making it reassuringly expensive and 1998 FMCG Brand of the Year - to turning media agency Carat into the fastest growing network in 2013 and a Sunday Times top company to work for in the UK. A champion of WACL and a trailblazer for diversity and inclusion, Tracy believes in paving the way for others to follow and regularly prioritises time to mentor, support and guide emerging talent. While at Dentsu, she developed a ‘women and leadership’ programme, launched a diverse creative agency, fortysix, and devised The Code; a secondary schools programme to promote digital and creative skills in schools to make a positive impact on the next generation of talent. In 2016, Tracy was named one of London's most influential people in the Evening Standard's Progress 1000 list and hailed as a ‘Woman to Watch Europe’ by Advertising Age. She also sat on the World Economic Forum’s Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council.


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Kathryn Jacob OBE

CEO, Pearl & Dean


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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).