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Associate Editor, The Guardian
Managing Director, Yahoo UK
Co CEO, Starcom MediaVest Group
Chief Digital Officer, Omnicom Media Group, UK
Managing Director, UK TV and Video Measurement, Kantar Media
Chief Executive Officer, mcgarrybowen London
CEO and Founder, Gleam Futures
Founder and CEO, SeedLegals
Managing Director, Somethin' Else
Chief Strategy Officer, Carat UK
Founder, Kate Burns Consulting
Editor at Large, Mediatel
Research Director, IPA
Managing Director of Media & Digital, Kantar Millward Brown
Head of Programmatic Marketing, Mindshare
VP, Platforms and Partnerships, Guardian Media Group
Creative Lead in The ZOO EMEA, Google
Director of Publisher Services EMEA, Videology
Story Director, Facebook Creative Shop
Chief Commercial Officer, News UK
Editor, Mediatel Newsline
Head of Vision, Havas Media
Managing Partner, Karmarama
Agency Head of Mobile, Google UK
Editor, WIRED Magazine UK
Managing Director, Total Media
Director, Mobile (Sales and Product), Adform
Global Marketing Director, Financial Times
VP Product and Audience Engagement - CNET, CBS Interactive
Head of Digital Research and Analytics, Middle East Broadcasting Center
CEO, Time Out Digital
Head of Digital Marketing, Europe, Clarks
Founder and CEO, ASTP / ContentCal.io
Founder and CEO, Scoota
Business Director, Mindshare
Chief Strategy Officer, VCCP Media
Client Strategy Director, News UK
Managing Director, GroupM Digital
Chief Executive Officer, APAC, Wunderman
Group CEO, The Sunshine Company
CEO, Johnston Press
Founder and CEO, Infinitum
Managing Director UK, MediaCom
Deputy Managing Director, Sky Media
Group Commercial Director, ITV
Media Journalist and Mediatel columnist
CEO, UK, Ebiquity
Director for UK and Ireland, Facebook
General Manager, UKTV Play and VOD, UKTV
Executive Creative Director, LIDA/M&C Saatchi
CEO, Carat, UK
Editor, Independent Digital
CEO, Beano Studios
Commercial Content Director, ITV
Managing Director EMEA, RadiumOne
Vice President, Europe, Spotify
General Manager UK Sales, Snap
Digital and Creative Leader, Channel 4
Jane Martinson's profile
Nigel Clarkson's profile
Nigel Clarkson joined Weve in November 2013 as the company’s Commercial Director. Nigel joined with extensive experience in the media industry working across outdoor, radio and online and a background in sales and marketing. Nigel’s focus is introducing and keeping Weve top of mind in the media community and developing long term commercial partnerships with brands and merchants across a host of media marketing and commerce services. Prior to joining Weve, Nigel has amassed 15 years of experience in sales management, most recently running the sales and marketing team for LivingSocial. Before joining Living Social, Nigel spent eight and half years at Primesight.
Catherine Becker's profile
Catherine joined VCCP Media following the adconnection/VCCP merger and is CEO of the joint operation, now a top twenty media agency focused on challenging the bad habits of the industry.
Prior to VCCP Media, Catherine co-owned and was CEO of adconnection, the independent media planning and buying agency.
She was also one of the founding shareholders of Fetch, the mobile marketing agency, which she helped build up to be a leading global mobile agency now sold to Dentsu Aegis. Catherine was a shareholder and board director of professional online dating website Lovestruck.com. She has also held senior media and management roles at ZenithOptimidia, Aegis and was a founding director of Mediapolis.
Catherine has been the recipient of several industry awards, including the coveted Campaign Magazine Media Awards for her work on Chip & Pin, and The Media & Marketing Awards for Ford. She was also a nominated finalist for the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Women of the Year award. Her companies have been in the Sunday Times Fasttrack, Companies that Inspire Britain and the Plimsoll Outstanding Companies for Business Excellence lists.
Pippa Glucklich's profile
Adam Pace's profile
Margo Swadley's profile
Margo is a frequent and award-winning speaker at media conferences in Europe and further afield. She was awarded the accolade of best paper at the 2014 asi Europe TV Symposium.
In her role at Kantar she is responsible for the agencies contracts to provide panel and census measurement services to BARB, the UK industry body for TV measurement. She works closely with BARB and its key stakeholder groups to lead Kantar Media’s implementation of BARB’s strategy, including the introduction of the TV player report and measurement of viewing on tablets.
Appointed Managing Director of UK TV & Video Measurement, Margo joined Kantar Media in Spring 2015 following a seven year tenure at the BBC. Whilst there she held several senior positions including Director, Marketing & Audiences, BBC Charter and Acting Director of Audiences, BBC.
Whilst at the BBC, Margo was involved in significant research milestones. These included stints in BBC Radio with the re-launch of Radio 7 as Radio 4 Extra; the development of a Share of Ear metric for total audio consumption and the launch of the RAJAR on-line diary as part of her role on the RAJAR board. In 2011 she moved across to television and worked on the impact of increased multi-tasking on engagement, the needs that television meets uniquely and the ways that audiences find content in the new media landscape.
Prior to the BBC, Margo held senior client-facing roles at Added Value and Research International across a variety of practices including branding, communications, innovation and customer satisfaction for clients in financial services, automotive and chocolate!
Jason Gonsalves's profile
Dominic Smales's profile
Having worked for 15 years in marketing and media Dom set up Gleam Digital to help brands and online communities connect for mutual benefit. More than just a 'social media agency'; Gleam manages 'Social Talent' a term we coined to describe a group of bloggers and vloggers who have achieved the kind of reach and influence usually associated with traditional celebrity or media ownership. Gleam's 15 channels drive over 50 Million views a month and attract 8m subscribers, a total that is growing at 1.5m subscribers each month.
Social Talent is the new 'super influence' online and Gleam is the only network agnostic broker for this hugely exciting engagement platform.
Anthony Rose's profile
Steve Ackerman's profile
Steve joined Somethin' Else in 2000 and became managing director in 2006. In that time he's been part of the team that has evolved the company into a BAFTA and Cannes Lion award winning content agency creating strategy and content across TV/video, radio and social media.
Current clients include Sky, the BBC, Channel 4, The BRIT Awards, Swarovski, Orangina and TopMan.
Starting life as a radio DJ, journalist and then producer, Steve has 20 years of branded content experience working on major projects for names such as French Connection, Boots, Inter Milan, Pernod Ricard and The Economist.
Steve is a West Ham fan, a plodding runner and Dad to Joe, Toby and Annie.
Dan Hagen's profile
Dan has worked in a variety of capacities within media agencies over the past 17 years. He started his career with CIA Medianetwork in international media on clients such as Microsoft, Novartis and Ericsson, before making an early move into digital in 1999; working in both London and New York. In 2002 he moved to MPG working on Intel and the National Lottery, launching their online, digital TV and mobile platforms. He subsequently ran MPG’s data and then strategy teams before moving to Carat to take on the Head of Planning role. After two years driving the planning product at Carat, Dan was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer. He is focussed on developing the process, product and culture driving the quality of work Carat produces for its client base.
Kate Burns's profile
Kate Burns is the General Manager for Europe, BuzzFeed and is responsible for developing and scaling business and growth for BuzzFeed in Europe. Kate is a well-respected Internet advertising veteran and was the first international hire at Google as Director of UK, Ireland and Benelux. Prior to BuzzFeed, Kate was Vice President & MD Europe at Bebo and then CEO of AOL Europe, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of AOL's UK and Ireland business. During her time at AOL, she successfully reset the strategy and rebuilt the business into a profitable model. Kate is a regular fixture in the digital marketing and advertising scene as she frequently speaks on future trends on digital and social advertising. Kate is also a keen horsewoman and regularly competes show jumping and evening at a national level.
Former Campaign editor and editorial director, Dominic Mills writes the weekly 'Mills on Monday' column for Mediatel's Newsline.
He regularly chairs conferences for Mediatel and other organisations, including ISBA and the IAB, hosts video shows, and is a consultant editor for the IPA and the Content Marketing Association.
He advises agencies and various industry bodies, and occasionally works with content agencies on pitches.
In previous lives (and before his beard went grey), he was once a financial journalist for Euromoney and then Reuters. He has also been a group editor for Redwood, and wrote a weekly column on advertising and media for the Daily Telegraph.
Lynne Robinson's profile
Jane Ostler's profile
Jane Ostler is Managing Director of Media & Digital at Kantar Millward Brown, leading the UK team’s work on media and digital effectiveness evaluation with publishers, agencies and clients. She is part of the global executive Media & Digital team.
Prior to this, Jane led creative and media digital units at Ogilvy, Mindshare and JWT before a spell in early-stage venture capital. She was then a clientside at Digital UK, owned by the BBC and commercial broadcasters, who led the UK’s successful switchover from analogue to digital TV. She led on marketing strategy, managed agencies, execution and audience support. She has also held the role of Communications Director at Digital Radio UK.
Jane is a qualified architect, runs, cycles and swims, and has two teenage sons.
Ruth Zohrer's profile
As Head of Programmatic Marketing for Mindshare UK, Ruth is responsible for the agency’s strategic vision and service offering in this area. Prior to Mindshare, she was responsible for building and running Technical Account Management across EMEA for AppNexus, the New York-based advertising technology company.
She has worked extensively across Americas and Europe, helping a wide-ranging client base (advertisers, agencies, trading desks, networks, etc.) develop their programmatic strategy and set up their trading operations.
Before becoming a programmatic specialist, she also held various roles across Search (Paid and Natural), Social and Content Marketing.
Tracey Follows's profile
Tracey is a highly respected strategist and marketer, with over 20 years’ experience working in agencies and as a client. Her work in telecoms, technology, retail and media has helped to shape the future strategies of brands such as T-Mobile, BT, O2, easyJet and John Lewis. While chief strategy officer at JWT, Tracey established planning foresight as a new discipline.
Before joining JWT she was executive planning director at VCCP, planning director at Lowe, head of consumer marketing at BT, and international advertising manager at T-Mobile.
She left advertising to retrain as a futurist at the University of Houston and set up her own futures consultancy, working with clients such as Google, Telefonica, Unmade and several major advertising agencies.
She is Marketing magazine’s resident futures columnist,and she writes and speaks extensively on the need for long-term strategies for business. She is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society. She was also chair of the Account Planning Group in 2014 and 2015, and is the co-author of 98% Pure Potato, a book about the origins of advertising account planning.
In early 2018 Tracey was also appointed the Head of Strategy at WIRED Consulting
Anna Bateson's profile
Anna Bateson is the VP of Platforms and Partnerships at the Guardian. She’s responsible for developing and building key global partnerships including managing the Guardian’s existing partnerships with Facebook and Google as well as overseeing all the company’s rights and licensing activity.
Anna’s had a long and varied career in media and marketing having spent seven years at Google and YouTube, resulting in a three year stint running global consumer marketing out of their San Francisco HQ. Prior to joining Google Anna led brand and viewer marketing at the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster ITV and before that was VP of Marketing at MTV Networks.
Patrick Collister's profile
A copywriter who cut his teeth at two of the UK's agency 'universities', Ogilvy and BMP, Collister says the core of his current role is to "bring ad thinking to Google" and help its in-house client-facing work closer with agencies.
Among his many roles in advertising before joining Google in 2013, he was creative director at Ogilvy and Mather and, in his own words, "executive bloody idiot" at EHS Brann.
He has also run his own creative consultancy, and a magazine and archive focused on unearthing examples of innovation in direct marketing from around the world.
On his LinkedIn profile, he has 91 endorsements for copywriting, and 71 for direct marketing.
Jana Eisenstein's profile
Jana is Videology’s SVP of Global Accounts, overseeing the company’s strategic client relationships at a global level. Since joining Videology at the end of 2010 as Managing Director UK, and as the company’s first European employee, she has driven the business to become a significant force in video advertising technology across UK, Ireland, France, Italy and Spain and a market leader globally.
Jana is an experienced senior executive in digital media, with more than 17 year’s direct experience in the media sector. She started her career in finance and banking with Commerzbank and EDC before becoming a specialist media and telecoms consultant with Deloitte & Touche and Gemini Consulting.
She moved into executive roles with emerging media companies, successfully building and selling two leaders in mobile marketing and advertising including ScreenTonic, which was sold to Microsoft in 2007.
Following that sale, Jana became Director of Publisher Services for Microsoft Advertising UK and later Director of Business Development and Partnerships at Microsoft Consumer and Online UK.
Jana is Canadian and has an MBA from Western Business School. She speaks four languages fluently and has worked in 12 different countries during her career.
Jill Gray's profile
Jill runs Facebook’s Creative Shop for the UK. She joined Facebook in 2013 from creative agencies Leo Burnett and Publicis, where she had worked in US and Global roles to develop big ideas for big brands, fueled by strong insights. Since joining Facebook she has helped up the level of meaningful creativity in the newsfeed, working with top clients across FMCG, travel, telecommunications, entertainment, retail and finance categories. Her recent work includes the industry-first, award-winning real-time World Cup campaign for McDonald’s, FryFutbol.
Dominic Carter's profile
Dominic joined News UK in 2006 as Trading Director of The Times and Sunday Times following several years as Group Advertising Director at Mirror Group Newspapers. He held the role of Trading Director until September 2011 when he was appointed Commercial Director of News UK.
David Pidgeon's profile
As editor, David oversees the full operation, publishing industry news, interviews, opinion and analysis on a daily basis. He has edited the platform since 2012.Contact David on: email@example.com / 020 7420 3252
Chris Allen's profile
Chris studied business at the University of Portsmouth, and then embarked on his media career as a trainee TV buyer at the, as then, Mediapolis. Then, after a spell at Starcom Motive, Chris returned to MPG Media Contacts in 2007 as broadcast director, and now leads investment across TV, video, sponsorship, and cinema for the combined Havas Media Group. Clients include Hyundai KIA, Nationwide, EDF Energy, LG, Just Eat, and AXA.
Lawrence Weber's profile
Max MacIntosh's profile
David Rowan's profile
David Rowan is editor of the UK edition of WIRED magazine, which won 2009 Launch of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards. He writes the monthly “Digital Life” column in GQ magazine, and has written tech and trend-watching columns for The Times. He has edited The Guardian's websites, made TV films for Channel 4 News, and written long features for The Telegraph Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine and The Observer. Trained at The Times, he edited The Guardian's op-ed, education, analysis and Saturday features sections. Most recently he edited The Jewish Chronicle.
His speaking engagements in 2010 have taken in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Geneva, Moscow and Shanghai, on topics ranging from the future of luxury brands to the new rules of business in a mobile-internet age. When not at airports he’s curated an exhibition of British creative talent for the UK Government’s Cabinet Forum conference, where he was a speaker, and was a judge in the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Awards and the 2010 Conde Nast Traveller design awards. Recent TV appearances include BBC Newsnight, BBC Breakfast News and Channel 4 News; radio appearances include Radio 4's Today Programme and The Media Show.
Jon Wilkins's profile
Stacey Anklam's profile
A customer-centric executive with over 15 years experience delivering innovative, award-winning and privacy-by-design customer propositions across media, broadcasting and mobile network operator companies. Stacey Anklam has led direct, data and digital marketing personalization initiatives and driven commercial value for various blue chip global firms including Sky, Vodafone and BBC. A strategy consultant and trend forecaster, Stacey has launched businesses including Sky AdSmart, Weve and SeeSaw (Project Kangaroo).
As autoGraph’s Chief Operating Officer, Stacey ensures autoGraph’s mobile operator clients deliver new ad revenue through autoGraph’s patented artificial intelligence and permission management platform. Clients of autoGraph have seen results such as 400% increases in content engagement, between 2 - 4x uplift in ad revenue and GDPR-compliant opt-in rates between 75 - 95%.
Tom Laranjo's profile
Tom has been MD at Total Media for 4 years. During his time with Total Media he has worked across a variety of roles, from an international media planner and buyer to heading up the agency's insight team. Tom is an extremely curious person and enjoys looking beyond the industry for inspiration and applying what he learns to the agency and it's clients’ business. He is very positive about the future of media, in spite of the record levels of anxiety in the industry, and thinks that agencies have a wonderful opportunity to redefine their roles and contribute more to clients' growth.
Tom is also responsible for the creation and propagation of the agency’s behavioural planning proposition. This includes the application of approach to clients and new business, staff training and external PR.
Bob Wootton's profile
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Sacha Bunatyan's profile
Sacha Bunatyan is the global B2C marketing director for the Financial Times since her appointment in March 2016. In this role, she is responsible for driving continued growth of the FT’s subscriptions business via acquisitions, audience development, CRM and e-commerce. She manages a 40-strong marketing team with bases in London, New York, Hong Kong and Manila.
Bunatyan adopts a marketing approach that understands readers’ needs, working with rich audience data to provide the highest standard of customer experience. The B2C marketing team’s aim is to build quality reach, ensuring a strong pipeline of potential subscribers, and increasing reader engagement.
Bunatyan sits on the FT’s marketing council, which was created to facilitate cross-departmental collaboration. Results include a joint effort between product, B2B and B2C marketing teams, which led to a 76% increase in readers using myFT, a personalisation tool, between November to December last year. More than 350,000 readers are now following at least one topic, a prime driver of customer retention.
Bunatyan has built her 20-year career at a number of top digital innovators, including Emap, AOL and Dentsu Aegis. She is passionate about building successful, highly-skilled teams that help grow businesses by driving technological innovation.
Laura Chaibi's profile
Laura has spent over 5 years at Yahoo building up an award winning research team and research programs focusing on visionary and strategic consumer and commercial insights. She began at Yahoo managing the European remit, and has expanded to cover EMEA, Latam, Canada and INSEA.
Well known industry studies she and her team have conducted include subconscious storytelling, the recent Hollis awards study for best sponsorship research 2013, shortcast: a contemporary and future view on short form video to 2015, Exposure & APPetite: about mobile media usage and advertising, and digital memories: a thought provoking piece focusing on the impact technology is having on our ability to remember things including advertising. Most recently, she filed her first patent application with the US patents and trademark office. She leads researchers across the globe who continue to push boundaries with their insights and have been consistently recognized by the industry with their award winning research studies and programs including: IAB, IAB Europe, the AOP, MRG, Campaign and the MRS. In 2014 she has been shortlisted for the IPA ‘women of tomorrow’ awards, an award that champions women in middle management identified as the female industry leaders of the future.
She is a qualified marketer holding an Advanced Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute in Marketing. In the last 15 years, she has held various brand marketing and research roles at Orange, the BBC, AOL UK and Tourism Australia. Laura is originally from Vancouver, Canada and has lived in the UK since 1998.
Bill Grimsey served as CEO at Wickes, Iceland and Focus, turning around and stabilising the former two in preparation for their sale. He’s since become a consultant and author, looking at what has happened in Britain’s high street and what’s next for retailers.
Bill’s first senior management role was as Tesco Customer Services Director. Then, after posts in Hong Kong and South Africa, he was invited to return to the UK to restructure the heavily indebted Wickes chain. His next task was to replace Stuart Rose and steady the ship at Iceland, before taking on another set of challenges in the DIY market just as the financial crash loomed.
Bill believes that high street retail is essentially doomed to fail in the face of changing customer behaviour, the growth of online and ‘US mall culture’ with large retail arenas like Westfield. Its only hope is to be reinvented as a community hub, with a handful of independent retailers taking advantage of limited footfall alongside housing and services for local people. In the meantime, many of the large retail parks are destined to turn into tumbleweed.
With challenging views on retail culture, the future of the customer experience and the economy they underpin, Bill offers a counter to those that seek to revive high street shopping.
He explores the lessons for businesses highlighting how retailers like Woolworth’s and HMV dying is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter.
As well as a look at the future of the high street, Bill looks more broadly at retail as it shifts into a multichannel world and seeks to compete with global online businesses. He also recounts his lessons from the boardroom on leading in challenging circumstances and turning around organisations. He applies his experience to customer services culture and gives his thoughts on management and growth strategy
Noel Penzer's profile
Naomi Hansford's profile
Alex Packham's profile
Michelle Cfas's profile
Michelle Cfas is an Executive Director at OMD International, having built a career in the content space from experiential to creative and ultimately to media agencies, having finally realised no idea is good enough without the means & plans for distributing it! At STREAM, TBWA’s branded content unit, she worked on partnerships and content creation & distribution for the likes of Heineken, Nissan and PlayStation. As part of Mindshare Worldwide’s Invention team, she supported the development of a global Unilever approach to content, and delivered a number of content initiatives, from Mazda’s Convention Challengers with Vice, to Rexona’s Do More initiative, with You Tube content producers.
Marie Oldham's profile
I am a 50 year old mother of 3 and have worked in media and full service advertising for the past 32 years. My experience spans fmcg categories such as cars, fast food and national newspapers in addition to 10 years working on brands such as Nationwide Building Society, the BBC and The National Lottery.
I studied advertising in Dublin before moving to London in 1985 to pursue my career at FCB and Leo Burnett. I began working in TV airtime buying but later developed my skills as a planner and strategist. I left advertising to work at the BBC but returned to media in 2000. For 13 years I led the Strategy team as at Havas Media before setting up my own consultancy working with brands such as Kew Gardens as well as a range of media and creative agencies.
In July 2016 I joined VCCP as Chief Strategy Officer (Media) and I love being back in an integrated agency.
I was made a Fellow of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in April 2013 following work on projects such as Behavioural Economics and acting as Convenor of Judges, IPA Effectiveness Awards 2012,
Fellow of Bournemouth University.
Member of WACL
Karin Seymour's profile
Paul Rowlinson's profile
Paul became Managing Director of GroupM Digital in the UK in February 2017. His team includes [m]PLATFORM, GroupM’s audience intelligence and activation solution, Xaxis and GroupM Supply Marketplace. GroupM Digital supports the UK agencies with expertise in technology, data, services and media.
Rowlinson, previously Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Mindshare UK, has 22 years’ experience in the industry, including 13 years at Mindshare, where he started as a Managing Partner in TV, before becoming Head of AV Media and then Head of Investment leading a team of 150 people and overseeing AV, Digital Display, Print, Radio, Search, Paid Social and SEO. In May 2013 he took on the role of COO, responsible for delivering business growth and advancing the digital operations at Mindshare UK. He worked as a media planner & buyer at IDK Media, Leo Burnetts and Starcom Motive in the early years of his career
Caspar Schlickum's profile
Mel Exon's profile
Mel joined BBH early in her career in 1997. Since then, she has led the development of award-winning and effective cross-platform work for clients as diverse as Levi's, British Airways, Boddingtons, Yeo Valley and Johnnie Walker.
Mel is also the co-founder of BBH Labs. Set up in 2008, BBH Labs is the agency's technology-driven R&D arm, focused on ensuring the agency and our clients are as smart as possible when it comes to change and the embracing of emerging platforms, processes and partners.
In 2014 Mel was a member of the Cyber jury at Cannes. She also sits on Google's Creative Council, is part of the IPA Strategy Group and writes a monthly technology column for Marketing magazine. She was included in Wired UK magazine’s Top 100 digital influencers 2011 and Drum Digerati 2013-14.
Mel spends most of her time working with brands to discover how they can benefit from the application of new technologies and new forms of storytelling. She writes about this and more at bbh-labs.com and tweets @bbhlabs and @melex.
Ashley Highfield's profile
Ashley Highfield was appointed CEO of Johnston Press in 2011. Highfield leads the multi-channel publishing giant to provide news and information services to local and regional communities through its portfolio of publications and websites – 13 paid-for daily newspapers, 195 paid-for weekly newspapers, 40 free titles, ten lifestyle magazines and 198 local news and e-commerce websites. Each month its news brands reach 24.5m people across eight publishing regions, with the largest monthly digital audience of any regional publisher in the UK.
Previously, Highfield worked for Microsoft as UK Managing Director of Consumer & Online, responsible for Windows Mobile, MSN, Hotmail, Windows Live/Instant Messenger and Bing.
He started his career at the BBC joining as the Director of New Media & Technology. In 2005, he was given additional responsibility for Broadcast and Production technology across the BBC. In July 2006 the BBC reformed its structure, turning the New Media department into the Future Media & Technology department (including BBC's Information & Archives business) with Highfield at its head. He also spearheaded the vision, strategy and development that saw the BBC create its revolutionary on demand platform BBC iPlayer.
Nick Bampton's profile
Claudine Collins's profile
Claudine Collins, MD of Mediacom, will be sitting between the two doyens of media commentating, Torin Douglas and Raymond Snoddy at MediaTel's The Year Ahead on the afternoon of January 15th, 2014
The invite-only event is always one of the hottest tickets in the MediaTel events calendar as we look back on 2013's key media moments, then look forward to upcoming issues and make a few predictions for 2014.
With Torin (MBE) having left the BBC after 25 years as its media correspondent this year; and Ray (OBE) no longer hosting the BBC's Newswatch, we are very fortunate to have a current broadcaster on the stage in Claudine, who now seems to have established herself as the "nice guy" alongside all those rather abrasive interviewers on The Apprentice.
Jamie West's profile
Jamie is currently the Deputy Managing Director Sky Media UK & Group Director of Advanced Advertising Sky PLC.
Jamie has over 20 years of TV and Online commercial and product strategy experience. Having joined Sky Media five years ago as Head of Futures, Jamie oversaw the development of Sky AdSmart into an award winning technology offering advertisers unique targeting power.
In just over a year, Sky AdSmart has delivered over 2000 campaigns from nearly 500 advertisers, helping major advertisers better target their campaigns and also made TV more accessible for niche brands and SME’s, allowing them to compete on a level playing field with national advertisers. Today as Deputy Managing Director at Sky Media, Sky AdSmart is still central to his role, along with responsibilities for the development and monetisation of emerging advertising opportunities across TV, Online and Mobile platforms for Sky Media’s advertisers. Following Sky’s investment in ShareThrough in 2014, Jamie acts as Board Observer. ShareThrough, is a leading native advertising software for publishers in, a leading native advertising and in feed ad solution for publishers.
Jamie’s career path has taken him from NBC Universal to Channel 5 and Viacom Brand Solutions and now to the world’s largest multi-channel sales house. Sky Media is the advertising sales arm of Sky, offering an exciting array of opportunities on TV, online and on the go. Sky Media represents all Sky’s channels and sites, and also sells advertising on behalf of a range of broadcasters including Viacom, Discovery Networks, FOX International Channels, NBC Universal, A+E Networks and Sony Pictures Television Networks. Sky Media’s portfolio of channels reaches 50 million people on average in the UK every week.
Jenny Biggam's profile
Jenny set up the7stars in 2005 with business partner Mark Jarvis. In ten years the agency has grown to be the UK's largest independent media agency with clients including Iceland Foods and Suzuki Cars. In 2015 the7stars was voted the third best company to work for in the Sunday Tines, and one of the Telegraph's 1,000 companies to inspire Great Britain.
Simon Daglish's profile
After leaving school Simon joined the Army.
This was followed by work in Venezuela, America and Australia before returning to the UK in 1991 to start work on the ‘new’ Daily Telegraph, which had recently been purchased by Conrad Black. Having managed the launch of the Saturday Magazine in 1995 he decided to set up his own publishing company, and in 1998 sold it to Tony O’Riley’s Independent Magazines.
Simon then joined the fledgling Classic FM and within 4 years it had grown into the biggest commercial radio station in the UK and the most profitable. In 2005 Classic FM and its parent company GWR merged with Capital Radio and Simon became the Group Commercial Director. On the sale of GCap Media to Global, Simon left and joined the early social media revolution working for MySpace as Commercial Director. Simon joined ITV plc in January 2011 as Group Commercial Sales Director and was promoted to Deputy Managing Director, Commercial December 2014.
In his free time he has rowed across the Irish Sea and walked to the South Pole, unsupported on both trips.
He has also led an expedition to the North Pole with 4 wounded soldiers and HRH Prince Harry. Simon completed his second South Pole challenge in December 2013 for Walking With The Wounded, a charity which he founded and he has raised nearly £10 million for various charities.
Raymond Snoddy's profile
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.
Morag Blazey's profile
Steve Hatch's profile
Steve is Facebook’s first Regional Director for the UK & Ireland. Facebook is used by over 26 million people in the UK everyday and also owns Facebook Messenger, Instagram and is in the process of acquiring WhatsApp and Oculus Rift.
Prior to joining Facebook Steve was lucky enough to work in some of the UK's most creative agencies, BMP DDB, Y&R and PHD, before finding his long-term home at the WPP media agency MEC.
In the last four years, MEC doubled in size and won many awards for its client work as well as Media Week, Campaign and Marketing Agency of the Year. MEC is the first ever media agency to become IPA Effectiveness Agency of the Year and in 2013 was voted Media360’s Agency of the Decade.
A passionate advocate of creativity and ideas, Steve's co-authored 'Rigorous Magic' in 2007 (published by Willey and Co).
Steve lives with his wife Sophie and their two children Fred and Phoebe and when time allows follows his passions of movies, running, yoga and cooking. He would like to be a chef but isn’t good enough.
Emma Boston's profile
Emma Boston is General Manager at multi award-winning media company UKTV, with responsibility for its award-nominated on demand service UKTV Play.
Since Emma’s appointment in 2014, UKTV Play has seen a 26% year on year increase in views and has launched on a number of platforms and devices including PC, iOS, Android, Virgin TV, BT TV, YouView, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. In her role Emma oversees the editorial strategy for the service which provides viewers with access to on demand content from UKTV’s portfolio of 10 linear channels.
Emma joined UKTV in 2008 as Head of Research & Insight & moved into the role of Director of Network Performance & Scheduling before making the move to General Manager.
Before joining UKTV, Emma held insight & strategy roles with Channel 4, Turner Broadcasting, GMTV & Starcom. Emma started her career as a TV planner & buyer at Saatchi & Saatchi.
Nicky Bullard's profile
Nicky has spent the last 20 years writing across every discipline. Now Executive Creative Director at Direct agency LIDA, she has helped strengthen the agency’s creative reputation both at home and abroad.
A fierce champion of the Direct discipline, Nicky has had the honour of judging many shows including D&AD (she was last year’s Direct Foreman), Creative Circle (she is this year’s Direct Foreman), and the Caples to name but a few.
She’s also picked up quite a few shiny objects along the way, but passionately believes that awards are the happy consequence of brilliant work, and work created for awards isn’t work.
In the last twelve months, Nicky’s agency LIDA has held events and debates, and Nicky herself has written many articles, about the blurring of lines in the Direct space; challenging whether this is a positive and celebrating great Direct work from around the world
Nicky’s inspiration doesn’t come from the obvious places, but from her kids. They just want to play. And are utterly fearless.
Rick Hirst's profile
As Chief Executive Officer of Carat, Rick is responsible for redefining the role of a media agency in the digital economy and helping clients bridge the gap between creative and media to deliver impactful and effective communications.
Previously CEO of creative agency mcgarrybowen, Rick led that business through its greatest phase of growth. Since 2013, when Rick joined, the agency added clients including Sky Bet, Western Union, adidas and monster.com. It also saw unprecedented success in the creative awards, winning at Cannes for two consecutive years.
Prior that that, Rick was Client Services Director at Engine running the BMW, Warburtons and Global Radio accounts. Before Engine, Rick worked at BBH leading the global FMCG Unilever Lynx business; Fallon where he made the multi award-winning “like no other” campaign for Sony; and Lowe, where he learnt his trade on the Orange Mobile business.
Rick was elected as a member of the IPA Council in 2015 and now serves as chairman of the IPA Talent Board, tasked with bringing brilliant young talent into the industry and growing the reputation of the advertising / marketing industry.
Rick loves nothing more than being a husband and a dad. Lego, football, cycling and Sonos are all staples of his life outside London at the weekends. Just not at the same time.
John Armah's profile
John Armah is the international digital director of CNBC. He is responsible for international digital strategy and operations. This ranges from social and mobile strategy, content creation, data and analytics to audience and product development. Prior to CNBC, he was a social and mobile specialist. At Betapond (now StitcherAds) , he led the team delivering Dove’s global social strategy and campaigns and the ground breaking Waterworks project for Unilever. At Masher Technologies, he delivered the multi-award winning Show Your 5 campaign for Nike. This followed a ten year career at the Financial Times that included leading the launch of FT.com in the US and the launch of mobile and subscription products.
Christian Broughton's profile
Christian Broughton was appointed Digital Editor of The Independent and i in October 2012, having previously worked at a number of other departments of the paper – from news to magazines – and held positions including Features Editor, Sports Editor and Assistant Editor, running the night desk. He has also worked for other publications including the Daily Mirror and Time Out. Under his leadership, independent.co.uk has grown fast, with an expanding team; the site now attracts more than 50 million monthly unique visitors. On brief absences from a screen he can be found despairing at the plight of West Ham and spending time with his wife and three children. He likes to hear from people with great ideas…
Mark Cross's profile
A leading practitioner of behaviour change, evaluation and change management for business and marketing challenges with a track record in both the public and private sectors. Mark has recently completed a major project on Security behaviours for the Cabinet Office, and continues to work across sectors with projects in the media and tech sectors including applying cognitive intelligence in the online environment.
He has worked in government as the COI’s Communications Planning Director – where he led and developed government’s strategic planning, evaluation and media capability.
Mark is a Fellow of the IPA, having worked for twenty five years in the agency sector, including at the PHD Group, sitting on the IPA’s Media Futures Group for a number of years and representing the IPA as a BARB board director. He also helped the IPA launch and establish the IPA TouchPoints Survey an is a visiting tutor at the BPP University.
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Greg Grimmer's profile
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.
Rupert Staines's profile
Rupert is the European Managing Director for RadiumOne Inc. Prior to joining RadiumOne, Rupert was responsible for creating, expanding and scaling the European online media operations for Specific Media (now VIANT), and Conversant Media (recently acquired by Alliance Data Systems).
With 25 years of international business experience, the last 17 in digital, he has successfully developed and driven the strategic plans for US ad-tech companies, building and motivating high performance teams in the process.
He has a passion for the startup culture and digital disruption and states his mission as being ‘to help articulate and demystify digital advertising as information and consumer technologies collide’.
Rupert holds a BA in German Language and Management Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Marco Bertozzi's profile
Performics is the performance operation at Publicis Media, working with all agencies in the group as well as direct with external clients. As Global Chief Revenue Officer, Marco is responsible for growing the Performics business globally. In this role, he works across marketing, new business, the product roadmap, commercialization and driving an innovation strategy in the performance space.
With twenty years’ experience in media, fifteen in digital, Marco is a leading authority on digital strategy. He has held a number of senior leadership roles across Publicis Groupe and before joining Performics he led Starcom Mediavest Group’s performance unit globally. Prior to this, he was part of VivaKi’s global leadership team, where he led VivaKi’s market-leading programmatic media buying practice across EMEA and the US.
Marco is a regular conference speaker and industry commentator. He was named the fourth most influential person working in digital in The Drum’s top 100 ranking of UK digital professionals.
Marco also enjoys mentoring at UCL University and being part of the Speakers4schools project which entails presenting on the industry to sixteen - seventeen year olds in schools all over the UK.
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David Amodio's profile
David is responsible for growing Channel 4’s digital business as well as delivering a creative strategy across the 4 sales operation.
Channel 4 was the first European broadcaster to pilot a data-led programmatic buying option on its TV on-demand platform, All4, last year. This year it has launched the Premium Video Ad Xchange (PVX) which gives all advertisers the opportunity to programmatically buy targeted audiences on All 4 across both mobile devices and shared TV platforms. David is working with Channel 4’s agency and advertiser partners to enable them to take advantage of this latest digital innovation.
Following the recent launch of PL4Y, David and his team are rolling out the new creative strategy across the wider sales function to build on 4 Sales’ reputation for creating innovative ad campaigns for brands with access to the full power of the Channel 4 brand and its award-wining data strategy with over 13m registered viewers.
David was previously an Agency Principal at Channel 4, where he was responsible for an integrated sales team working with agencies and clients across their trading, partnership and digital needs.
Before Channel 4, David worked at Haymarket Media Group as a senior advertising manager.
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