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The Media Leaders Awards

Celebrating the Media Leaders of today and tomorrow

Awards event: Thursday 14 January 2021

Since launching over thirty years ago, Mediatel News has evolved into a showcase of thought leadership from across the media sector. Alongside regular columnists including Dominic Mills, Jan Gooding and Raymond Snoddy, leaders from across the landscape use our platform to voice their opinions.

Together, they are read by a who’s-who of our industry each week, the most influential execs and media leaders themselves.

That is why we have launched The Media Leaders Awards – to recognise the very best leaders in this industry. We launch in a year that, perhaps more than any other year, has called for strong leadership to navigate businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic, take action on key issues such as diversity and inclusivity, and make sure they represent the very best in media class.

Join us as we invite senior executives from brands, agencies, media owners, tech businesses, industry bodies and investment companies to celebrate and reward both the current leaders of this industry, and those who will become leaders in the not too distant future.

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Awards event
Thursday 14 January 2021

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Event Partners

    Event sponsor
  • Mail Metro Media

Agenda

14:00 - 14:05

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Introduction

Mediatel Group CEO Greg Grimmer sets the scene for what is sure to be a fantastic day of thought leadership and celebration...

Greg Grimmer, CEO, Mediatel Group

Speakers

Greg Grimmer

14:05 - 14:15

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Judges Special Choice Awards: 5 mins with...

14:15 - 14:50

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What does the future hold for international media?

We hear from an ad-tech leader who oversaw a merger and all the upskilling and customer comms that accompanied it while everyone was remote working, an agency leader who helped win 13 new clients and grow year-on-year revenue by 82% in a year of disruption, and a client leader who drove digital marketing transformation whilst championing responsible media spending and better advertising representation. They share some of their lessons on how to manage people and get things done, and there are tips on winning pitches and where to go for that much-anticipated post-lock down lunch.

Winner to be revealed after the panel.

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Chair
John Moulding, Editor-in-Chief, Videonet
James Brown, Head of International, Magnite
Jerry Daykin, Senior Media Director, GSK Consumer Healthcare
Kris Tait, Managing Director - US, Croud

Chair

John Moulding

Speakers

James Brown Jerry Daykin Kris Tait

14:50 - 15:00

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Judges Special Choice Awards: 5 mins with...

Three quickfire questions with the shortlisted candidates for the Judges Special Choice Awards.

Chair
Steven Scaffardi, Head of Events, Mediatel Events
Ali Hanan, Founder & CEO, Creative Equals

Chair

Steven Scaffardi

Speakers

Ali Hanan

15:00 - 15:20

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The Future of Media: what the leader of the future looks like

In this session we reveal the winner of the Future Media Leader category and discuss what tools a young aspiring leader needs to have to succeed in this ever changing industry.

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Chair
Dominic Williams, Executive Director - Advertising, Mail Metro Media

Chair

Dominic Williams

15:20 - 15:30

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Judges Special Choice Awards: 5 mins with...

Three quickfire questions with the shortlisted candidates for the Judges Special Choice Awards.

Click here to view on-demand.

Chair
Steven Scaffardi, Head of Events, Mediatel Events
Christopher Kenna, Founder & CEO, Brand Advance and Founder, Chapter Z

Chair

Steven Scaffardi

Speakers

Christopher Kenna

15:30 - 16:15

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The Media Leaders Debate

Michaela Jefferson, News Editor at Mediatel News, brings together four of the awards' judges to discuss, debate and reveal the winners in the four Media Leaders of the Year categories. Discussing the shortlists and highlighting stand-out performers, our four judges will explain why they voted these four people as their Media Leaders of the Year.

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Chair
Michaela Jefferson, News Editor, Mediatel News
Naren Patel, Founder, Media For All (MEFA)
Lindsey Clay, Chief Executive Thinkbox & President, Global TV Group
Stephen Woodford, CEO, Advertising Association
Paul Bainsfair, Director General, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA)

Chair

Michaela Jefferson

Speakers

Naren Patel Lindsey Clay Stephen Woodford Paul Bainsfair

16:15 - 16:25

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Judges Special Choice Awards: 5 mins with...

Three quickfire questions with the shortlisted candidates for the Judges Special Choice Awards.

Click here to view on-demand.

Chair
Steven Scaffardi, Head of Events, Mediatel Events
Cephas Williams, Founder of 56 Black Men and The Black British Network

Chair

Steven Scaffardi

Speakers

Cephas Williams

16:25 - 17:00

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Media CEO of the Year: The greatest business challenge of our lifetime

Being the CEO of a business is tough at the best of times, let alone during the biggest crisis of our generation. In this session, Mediatel Group CEO, Greg Grimmer, speaks to the four media CEO's who were judged to have performed above all others during a year that saw them have to navigate their companies through Covid-19, embrace key societal issues, and make sure that their businesses continued to innovate and thrive in face of adversity.

Winner to be revealed after the panel.

Click here to view on-demand.

Chair
Greg Grimmer, CEO, Mediatel Group
James Wildman, CEO, Hearst UK & President, Hearst Europe
Kate Rowlinson, CEO, MediaCom UK
Gurman Hundal, Global CEO, MiQ
Rachel Forde, CEO, UM UK

Chair

Greg Grimmer

Speakers

James Wildman Kate Rowlinson Gurman Hundal Rachel Forde

17:00 - 17:02

GMT

Judges Special Choice Award Announcement

Head of Mediatel Events, Steven Scaffardi, reveals the winner of the Judges Special Choice Award.

Click here to view on-demand.

Chair
Steven Scaffardi, Head of Events, Mediatel Events

Chair

Steven Scaffardi

17:02 - 17:05

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Closing Comments

Speakers

  • Speaker
    Greg Grimmer

    CEO, Mediatel Group

  • Speaker
    Steven Scaffardi

    Head of Events, Mediatel Events

  • Speaker
    Harriet Kingaby

    Co-Founder, Conscious Advertising Network

  • Speaker
    Jake Dubbins

    Co-Founder, Conscious Advertising Network

  • Speaker
    John Moulding

    Editor-in-Chief, Videonet

  • Speaker
    James Brown

    Head of International, Magnite

  • Speaker
    Jerry Daykin

    Senior Media Director, GSK Consumer Healthcare

  • Speaker
    Kris Tait

    Managing Director - US, Croud

  • Speaker
    Ali Hanan

    Founder & CEO, Creative Equals

  • Speaker
    Dominic Williams

    Executive Director - Advertising, Mail Metro Media

  • Speaker
    Christopher Kenna

    Founder & CEO, Brand Advance and Founder, Chapter Z

  • Speaker
    Michaela Jefferson

    News Editor, Mediatel News

  • Speaker
    Naren Patel

    Founder, Media For All (MEFA)

  • Speaker
    Lindsey Clay

    Chief Executive Thinkbox & President, Global TV Group

  • Speaker
    Stephen Woodford

    CEO, Advertising Association

  • Speaker
    Paul Bainsfair

    Director General, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA)

  • Speaker
    Cephas Williams

    Founder of 56 Black Men and The Black British Network

  • Speaker
    James Wildman

    CEO, Hearst UK & President, Hearst Europe

  • Speaker
    Kate Rowlinson

    CEO, MediaCom UK

  • Speaker
    Gurman Hundal

    Global CEO, MiQ

  • Speaker
    Rachel Forde

    CEO, UM UK

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Greg Grimmer

CEO, Mediatel Group

Greg is a well known figurehead in the digital media landscape, a member of the IPA and an oft-quoted press spokesman on digital advertising, as well as a frequent judge of major advertising and marketing awards. His influential column on Mediatel.co.uk has been now running for four years and has received wide acclaim from both within and outside the industry. He has also co-authored two books on “Advertising Works 12” and The Digital State.” Greg began his career in media planning at Delaney Fletcher/Bozell and CIA where he rose to become Strategic Planning Director, becoming a board director at twenty eight. He worked at Optimedia before becoming Commercial Director at newly founded ZenithOptimedia Group in 2003. Greg was MD of Zed Media in 2005. ZED grew from 50 staff and billings of £52million to 120 staff and billings of £130million in that period and took a pre-eminent position among agencies in the digital arena, winning awards for work in DiTV, Mobile, and social networking. In 2008 Greg became a founding partner at Hurrell Moseley Dawson and Grimmer (HMDG) a ‘new model’ advertising agency with partners across the advertising, creative and planning spectrum. The agency from launch attracted brands including Autotrader.com, Ancestry.com, Aston Martin, Nestle Superdrug and the launch of WIRED magazine. After selling his stake in HMDG, Greg was enticed by the founders to join the Fetch success story with a brief to expand the company into new global markets and new marketing services.


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Steven Scaffardi

Head of Events, Mediatel Events


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Harriet Kingaby

Co-Founder, Conscious Advertising Network


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Jake Dubbins

Co-Founder, Conscious Advertising Network


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John Moulding

Editor-in-Chief, Videonet

John Moulding is Editor-in-Chief at Videonet, where he has been covering the evolution of multiscreen TV, connected TV and advanced advertising, among other things, since 2010. He has been reporting on television business and technology since 1999, when digital multichannel TV started to take root in Europe.


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James Brown

Head of International, Magnite

Drawing upon his sixteen years of experience in the digital advertising industry, James Brown directs all UK and Nordic operations for Rubicon Project (NYSE: RUBI), which operates one of the world’s largest independent marketplaces for the buying and selling of advertising. This includes managing the teams working with the UK’s leading buyers - including DSPs, agencies, agency trading desks and advertisers - and sellers such as online publishers, mobile applications, and online broadcasters. Prior to joining Rubicon Project, he spent six years at The Telegraph rising to become General Manager, Digital Advertising where he was responsible for global digital advertising revenues. Commercial highlights include the development of the Telegraph Media Group Performance Network, Commercial Content creation business units, the conception and strategy for TMG’s programmatic trading and publisher trading desk. Before that James Brown was Trading Director of Aegis-owned Diffiniti (now iProspect), responsible for commercial trading relationships with media owners and the media strategy across a portfolio of brands including Ladbrokes, Auto Trader, Opodo and Betfair. He also spent a year as Chair of the Commercial Committee at the Association of Online Publishers, (AOP). Based in London, James enjoys playing golf, keeping fit and a glass of wine!


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Jerry Daykin

Senior Media Director, GSK Consumer Healthcare

Jerry is part of the global media leadership team at GSK Consumer Health, overseeing their media & digital activity across the EMEA region. Previously he has led global media partnerships at Diageo, digital strategy agency side at Carat and social media at Mondelez. An active contributor to the industry Jerry is a member of the WFA Media Board and was one of the authors of their Global Media Charter. He contributed to the recently published ‘Eat Your Greens’ book alongside Byron Sharp & Mark Ritson. Jerry is a vocal proponent of the power of inclusion within advertising, is an Outvertising Board Member and during his time at Diageo led their Rainbow Network, employee resource group.


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Kris Tait

Managing Director - US, Croud


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Ali Hanan

Founder & CEO, Creative Equals


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Dominic Williams

Executive Director - Advertising, Mail Metro Media

Dom joined Carat in 1997 as a graduate trainee after graduating from Sheffield University. Since joining Carat, he has worked in the press department, the media department and assisted in setting up Carat Direct in 2003. Dom has worked on a diverse portfolio of clients including A&L, Debenhams, Asda, Kelloggs, BMW, GM and Santander. His wealth of knowledge gained him the position of press and radio director, making him responsible for all press and radio trading at Carat. In May 2011 the newly formed Aegis Trading team was launched with Dom headed up Press and Radio, Digital, OOH and TV including VOD. In 2015 Dom took on the role of Chief Trading Officer of AMPLIFI in the UK alongside his existing responsibilities. AMPLIFI is the media investment arm of Dentsu Aegis Network. In July 2017 Dom joined Mail Advertising as Chief Investment Officer. Dom is responsible for all the money going into the Mail brands.


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Christopher Kenna

Founder & CEO, Brand Advance and Founder, Chapter Z


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Michaela Jefferson

News Editor, Mediatel News

Michaela joined Mediatel News as a reporter in 2018, before serving as News Editor from June 2020 to March 2021.


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Naren Patel

Founder, Media For All (MEFA)

Naren Patel joined the media industry in 1991. Under his leadership at Primesight he floated the outdoor advertising business on the London Stock Exchange in 1997, and in 1999 sold Primesight to SMG plc (now STV plc). In 2007, Naren teamed up with PE firm GMT Communications to lead an MBO of Primesight. Over the next 10 years Naren grew the business through acquisitions and organic development and made Primesight one the leading and most successful brands in the media industry. Primesight become the first Out of Home business to win the Media Brand of the Year in 2016. The company was also awarded Campaign’s Outdoor Sales Team of the Year for two consecutive year. In 2018 Primesight was awarded Campaign's Commercial Sales team of the year. The company also regularly featured in the Best Companies List. In September 2018 Primesight was acquired by Global Radio. Naren stepped down as CEO of Primesight in July 2019 and worked as a Consultant for Global assisting with the integration of the Outdoor businesses until the end of April 2020 Naren is a trustee for NABS (The charity for the Advertising industry) and sits on the Finance and Investments Boards. Naren is passionate about improving ethnic diversity in the Media sector and is an Advisor to Creative Access, a mentor for the Brixton Finishing School and speaks at inner city schools through Speaker’s for Schools. In 2018 Naren founded the social enterprise Media for All (www.mediaforall.org.uk), which provides mentorship and support for Black and Asian talent in media. The group has over 40 senior Black and Asian role models in and provides free mentoring and support to Charities, Businesses and individuals. This is keeping Naren busier than he expected! Personal Awards • World Out of Home Organisation - Leadership Award 2018 • EMPOWER 100 ethnic minority 2018, 2019 • Campaign A list • 2018 - 50 Male advocates for Equality in Marketing and Media


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Lindsey Clay

Chief Executive Thinkbox & President, Global TV Group


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Stephen Woodford

CEO, Advertising Association

Stephen was appointed CEO of the Advertising Association in September 2016. The Advertising Association’s mission is to promote the role and rights of responsible advertising and its value to people, society, business and the economy. Prior to joining the AA, Stephen held management roles in three agencies (Leo Burnett, WCRS/Engine and DDB/adam&eveDDB) He also currently chairs youth marketing agency Livity, a social purpose-driven creative business that seeks to transform young peoples’ lives, especially from BAME backgrounds. He is a Governor of Ravensbourne University in Greenwich, the UK’s newest creative university. Stephen is a past President of NABS and is on the board of the History of Advertising Trust. He was IPA President (2003-05) where he introduced professional qualifications for new industry entrants, which over 20,000 people have passed in the UK and around the world.


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Paul Bainsfair

Director General, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA)

Paul Bainsfair became Director General of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) at the end of July 2011. Paul is a Fellow of the IPA and also a graduate of IPA Stage 5 (Professor Peter Doyle). His 34 years of agency experience began at Saatchi & Saatchi where he started as an account executive and rose to being its CEO within ten years. After successfully steering the agency through the early 90s recession and with the agency at the top of the new business league table, he left to co-found Bainsfair Sharkey Trott with John Sharkey and Dave Trott. Widely recognised as one of London’s most successful independent agencies during the 1990s, BST was eventually sold to Omnicom and merged with TBWA in 2000. He then became President TBWA Europe. This included a merger and acquisition programme; direct responsibility for 35 offices and 3,000 staff; and TBWA being named Best Global Network in 2003 and 2006. In January 2009 he joined Iris, the UK’s largest independent integrated agency, first as Partner and CEO of Iris Europe and then as Chairman of Iris Worldwide. Paul studied advertising at Watford College and is a graduate of Omnicom’s Harvard Faculty Leadership Programme.


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Cephas Williams

Founder of 56 Black Men and The Black British Network

Cephas is the photographer and founder of the 56 Black Men movement, after taking a series of 56 portrait images he launched the campaign in December 2018 focusing on changing the narrative of black men in the media as an introduction to a much wider conversation. Utilising his degree in Architecture, Cephas also started working on Drummer Boy Studios in December 2017, his aim was to establish a creative hub in the community. Upon doing this Cephas was confused as to why things like this were not being spotlighted, after all the work and money he and his team put into creating this space within the community, he had also secured a partnership with BDP to become his official development partner for the business. Despite this, he was still facing opposition from people in authority and not being spotlighted for the positive work being done. This pushed him to think about how many more black men are doing great things but are never heard or spotlighted. Cephas started to question further, why is it that things like this never make headline news? Over the years Cephas has been instrumental in galvanising support for his business’ from key partners and high-level contacts including FTSE 100 Companies, GLA, The Guardian, Somerset House, Clear Channel, and others.


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James Wildman

CEO, Hearst UK & President, Hearst Europe

As CEO of Hearst UK, James has overall management responsibility for the company. He joined in April 2017 with a wealth of experience in transforming media companies, and was elevated to President, Hearst Europe in September 2019 adding oversight of Hearst in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany to his remit. Hearst is the UK’s leading premium content and experiences business, publishing 26 iconic brands including ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire. Hearst UK circulates more than five million magazines a month and its award-winning content is engaged with by more than 20 million monthly digital UK users. Every year over a million people attend Hearst’s highly acclaimed events such as the Country Living Fairs and Red Smart Women Week. At Hearst, James has led a business turnaround, culminating in a return to top-line revenue growth in 2018 after several years of decline. The company has gone from strength to strength under James’ leadership to accelerate its revenue diversification and digital development strategy, which has paid strong dividends. A relentless focus on cultural transformation has also driven strong gains in team engagement and business success. James has worked in the media industry for over 25 years and joined Hearst from Reach PLC (previously Trinity Mirror) where he was Chief Revenue Officer from 2014 with responsibility for commercial revenue across the group. From 2011, he was Yahoo’s Managing Director, UK & Ireland, responsible for leading Yahoo’s biggest market outside the US. Prior to that, James worked in TV, with stints at ITV and other commercial television businesses, working his way up to become Managing Director of Virgin Media’s television sales house from 2005.


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Kate Rowlinson

CEO, MediaCom UK

Kate is CEO of MediaCom UK and has been part of the MediaCom family for ten years. Having worked across EMEA and APAC regions, she brings a wealth of global experience; as well as her passion for the People First culture. Embodying this, Kate is dedicated to supporting female talent within not only MediaCom but the industry as a whole. She sits on the Stella Advisory Board – WPP’s women’s leadership group set up to increase the number of women in senior executive roles across the group – while also acting as a mentor on GroupM’s 50:50 programme - which aims to achieve an equal gender split at an executive level. A graduate of the University of Leeds where she studied English, Kate has worked across several MediaCom roles, from Head of New Business & Marketing for the EMEA region where she led successful global pitches for eBay Europe, Danone and the global Mars business, to her responsibilities as Managing Director of EMEA. Before becoming UK CEO, Kate expanded her responsibilities to Managing Director of the Worldwide Hubs, specialising in service capabilities across the different regions, as well as unifying client servicing. In this role, Kate worked closely with regional leadership teams across EMEA, North America, Latin America and APAC. In 2016 she was named an Agency Innovator by The Internationalist and was selected to join WPP’s X-Factor programme for talented women.


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Gurman Hundal

Global CEO, MiQ

Gurman Hundal is an ad tech entrepreneur, the CEO and co-founder of MiQ, and the 2019 winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence. In 2010, Gurman and his business partner Lee Puri saw the demand for more transparency and better insights in programmatic advertising. To meet that demand, they founded MiQ, a company driven by a desire to help clients get deeper insights from their data and achieve the maximum value from those insights through a better connected approach to marketing. Over the last decade, that vision has seen MiQ grow into a global business, with offices across EMEA, North America, and APAC, most recently expanding to commercial offices in China and India. The company has traded over 35,000 campaigns for over 500 advertisers in 54 countries. But Gurman is most proud of his achievements for MiQ’s people. Under his leadership, MiQ has maintained a 95% employee retention rate, more than twice the industry average, proving his long-held belief that the more you overdeliver for your people, the more they overdeliver for your clients. Gurman began his career at the Pan Euro ad network Adlink Internet Media, where he launched the company’s performance division just six months after joining the organization. There, he honed his expertise in ad tech, analysis and optimization. He subsequently led the establishment of online ad network A&NY Media for publisher group Associated Northcliffe Media.


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Rachel Forde

CEO, UM UK


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