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EVP & CEO - UK & Europe, Sky
Founder, Media For All (MEFA)
Executive Chairman, S4 Capital
Marketing Director, Northern Europe, Commercial Director, Beauty, Northern Europe, P&G
Chief Strategy Officer, VCCP Media
Chief Customer Officer, Childs Farm Ltd
General Manager UK, DACH and Netherlands & Nordics, Snap Inc.
Founder, The Barber Shop
Brand Advertising/Marketing, SEAT Germany
Media Director, Europe, Adidas
Managing Director, Twitch
Historian & Author
Vice President, Europe, Spotify
CEO, Channel 4
Chief Executive Thinkbox & President, Global TV Group
Chief Revenue Officer, Bauer Media
Head of Response Digital & Board Director, PHD UK
CEO, WPP Specialist Communications
Managing Director, Saatchi & Saatchi
CTO and SVP Technology, Tele2
Global Brand Director, Hiscox
Head of Media and Sponsorship, Vodafone
Chief Digital Officer, Diageo
Senior VP - TV, Video and Entertainment portfolio, Orange
Author, The Black Pound Report
CEO, Foxtel Media
Director of Commercial Sales Strategy and Transformation, JCDecaux UK
CEO, GroupM Canada
Founder of 56 Black Men and The Black British Network
Non-Executive Director, GVC Group
Head of Brand Advocacy, MADE.COM
Group Head of Effectiveness, adam&eveDDB
Senior Media Director, GSK Consumer Healthcare
Head of Group Commercial Marketing, Direct Line Group
CEO, MediaCom UK
Chief Marketing Officer, Confused.com
CEO, Neuro-Insight UK
CEO, Hearst UK & President, Hearst Europe
Senior Vice President Strategy, RTL Group
Director of Brand Marketing, lastminute.com
Chairman, Advertising and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal
CEO, Havas Media Group
Anti-Ad Fraud Consultant, Cybersecurity
Director General, ISBA
CEO & Founder, Brand Advance
Media Director, L'Oreal Australia and New Zealand
Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Australia
Head of Digital Business Initiatives and Esports, F1
Head of Media, Lidl UK
Sports & Culture TV & Radio Broadcaster and Founder, Blakademik
Chief Creative Officer, BBDO Toronto
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.
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!
• 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
Sir Martin Sorrell is Executive Chairman of S4 Capital plc, which is building a purely digital advertising and marketing services business for global, multinational, regional, local clients and millennial-driven influencer brands
Sir Martin was CEO of WPP for 33 years, building it from a £1 million “shell” company in 1985 into the world’s largest advertising and marketing services company. When Sir Martin left in April 2018, WPP had a market capitalisation of over £16 billion, revenues of over £15 billion, profits of approximately £2 billion and over 200,000 people in 113 countries. Prior to that, Sir Martin was Group Financial Director of Saatchi & Saatchi plc for 9 years and worked for James Gulliver, Mark McCormack and Glendinning Associates before that.
S4 Capital plc merged with MediaMonks, its content practice, in July 2018 and MightyHive, its programmatic practice, in December 2018 and has added eight further content programmatic and data companies to both practices in 2019 and one in 2020. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange under SFOR.L and after a little over one year, S4 Capital plc has over 2400 people in 30 countries, with a market capitalization of over $1.2 billion.
Sir Martin supports a number of leading business schools and universities, including his alma maters, Harvard Business School and Cambridge University and a number of charities, including his family foundation.
With over 17 years’ experience working at some of the UK’s top agencies including AnalogFolk, AKQA, Tribal DDB, Modem Media (Digitas) and SixandCo; Ete’s gained experience across varying sectors from Financial Services, to Technology, Retail, Health, FMCG and Automotive; leading and working across innovative and award-winning projects ranging from global digital campaigns to business transformation, as well as digital products, platforms and services.
Prior to joining ENGINE, Ete was Managing Director of AnalogFolk, hired to take the agency from “start-up to scale-up”, where he led the agency towards a period of unprecedented growth and built the agency’s recognition for innovation and creative excellence. He also took AnalogFolk London from a UK-centric business to a regional (European) offering and spearheaded the agencies expansion into Europe, culminating in the opening of AnalogFolk Amsterdam.
Away from the industry, Ete is a leading protagonist in driving diversity, inclusion and equality across the creative industries, especially for the BAME community, he was one of the original co-founders of WeAreStripes, is the founder of CultureHeroes, both are initiatives whose missions are to create opportunities for Black ,Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent, across the creative industries. He also sits on the advisory boards of several other diversity initiatives.
A Drum Digerati “Top 100 people in UK Digital” 2017 and 2018 Alumni, Ete was recognised in the BIMA 100 in 2017 (‘Champion for Good’) and in 2018 (‘Leaders and Visionaries), as well as Creative Pool’s ‘Top 100 Influencers’ 2018 and Campaign Magazines 'Top 10 Trailblazers’ in 2017 and 2018.
Katharine Joy Newby Grant leads P&G’s Northern Europe Brand function. She also holds the dual role as Commercial Director for P&G’s Beauty business in Northern Europe reflecting an extensive career in the category. Under Katharine’s leadership, Brand in Northern Europe is focused on delivering inclusive brand building and nurturing people to be brilliant leaders.
Throughout her career at P&G, Katharine has led multiple capability and community programmes at both a European and local level to step-change P&G’s marketing organization. She is deeply passionate about diversity and inclusion, reflected in the work she delivered in Northern Europe during her time as Head of Media in making P&G’s advertising more accessible for those with sight loss through the introduction of audio description. She has worked across several geographies during her time with the business and has played an active role in the industry through her work with ISBA and the Advertising Association.
Outside of P&G, Katharine is married with two children. She is passionate about the outdoors and is an avid surfer, skier and sailor. She has back packed around the world, sailed from England to Alaska, climbed Mont Blanc and was part of the winning team for the World’s Coldest Adventure Race.
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
Jeetendr Sehdev is widely recognised as one of the most influential, global thinkers in the world of business, branding and culture transformation. Sehdev has been a keynote speaker at the United Nations and at Lambeth Palace. He has been named “the best in the business” by Variety, and the most relevant voice of the social media era” by Harper’s Bazaar.
Sehdev explores how ideas outperform and spread, how the most effective leadership decisions are made, and the new rules of success for innovation and creativity in the 21st Century. By revealing the key themes that ignite human behavior, Jeetendr Sehdev delivers a bold and dynamic message that motivates people to be free, fearless and live up to their greatness. Most recently Sehdev’s insights have been credited as the inspiration behind the Nike and Colin Kaepernick campaign; one of the most successful advertising campaigns in recent history.
Jeetendr Sehdev is the author of the New York Times bestselling sensation, The Kim Kardashian Principle. He has written numerous opinion pieces for the world’s leading publications from The Guardian to The Economist, and his thought leadership has filled thousands of publications from the New York Times to China Daily. He is a recurring face on shows like the Today show, CNN Tonight, and Good Morning Britain.
Sehdev is an extraordinary speaker: always on target, aware of the context and the concerns of the audience, eloquent, entertaining and funny. He has an unsurpassed ability to be both thought-provoking and inspiring.
Ed Couchman's profile
Ed Couchman is the General Manager of Snap in the UK, DACH and Netherlands & Nordics, leading the camera company’s largest European sales office’s, Ed works hand in hand with advertisers, helping them to best leverage Snapchat's innovative ad formats, as well as unpacking the tangible business impact and ROI they provide.
He has over two decades of experience building meaningful and sustainable relationships within the media and advertising community, serving as Director of Agency Partnerships at Facebook, where he worked for over six years. Prior to this, he was Head of Digital and Future Media at Channel 4 and he also led the display team at Associated New Media.
He serves on many industry bodies including the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and the Industry Advisory Panel to the Advertising Association, as well as serving as an active member of National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS). He is a trustee of the MediaTrust, a National charity that uses the power of media to give charities a voice and change lives.
Dino Myers-Lamptey's profile
Dino Myers-Lamptey is the Founder of The Barber Shop, a strategy-led creative company that aims to solve the biggest business problems through data, distribution and disruptive ideas. They work with businesses that are driven by a purpose and which strive to enrich culture through the pleasure that they bring. Their clients include Karma Cola, The Athletic, Tobefrank and Parkinson’s UK. Dino is also a board member of the UK Effies and a NED for the Brixton Finishing School. In 2019 Dino was recognised as a Top 10 Media Planner by Campaign. Dino is also a founding member of MEFA (Media For All), and has recently founded Diverse Speakers.
Melanie is a digital media expert with over 7 years of experience in designing and delivering media campaigns at both agency and brand side. She is a strong advocate for digital change, data driven insights and focus on the customer experience and currently responsible for 360° marketing strategies at SEAT and CUPRA Germany.
Andy Pilkington's profile
Andy began his career as a macroeconomist but traded one set of unreliable numbers for another when he entered the world of marketing. As a social media consultant in the early days of earned media, he helped companies like P&G, Vodafone, 20th Century Fox and Samsung explore and leverage this emerging area. Social media gradually became a “pay to play” model, and following this trend Andy moved to Dentsu Aegis Network to lead global media strategy for adidas. He later moved client-side with the brand, with the ambition of turning adidas into a world class advertiser. Now based in Amsterdam as European Media Director, he leads adidas’ media agency relationship, campaign planning process and overall media strategy for the region.
Blair Imani is a critically-acclaimed historian, outspoken advocate and activist, and dynamic public speaker. The author of two historical books: Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream (2020), she centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. She is the co-host of America Did What?!, an educational podcast and anti-racism initiative with Kate Robards. Blair has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, presented at colleges and universities, spoken at conferences around the world, and delivered powerful talks for organizations and brands including TEDx and GLAAD.
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.
Alex Mahon's profile
Alex Mahon is CEO of The Foundry. Alex joined The Foundry to spearhead the next stage of its development following the company’s acquisition by HgCapital for £200m in July 2015. She leads the team at a time of dynamic change and rapid growth.
Prior to this, Alex was Chief Executive Officer of Shine Group for three years where she successfully completed the sale of the company into a new joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management. She joined Shine as Managing Director in 2006 and built the group through M&A and organic growth into an organisation with 27 creative labels in 12 countries and £700m in revenues alongside founder Elisabeth Murdoch. Ahead of this she had an extensive career in media organisations across Europe, at Talkback Thames, FremantleMedia Group and RTL Group.
Alex started her career as a PhD Physicist and then worked at strategy consultants Mitchell Madison Group as an internet retail expert before leading the European Young Astronauts. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Ocado Plc and The Edinburgh International Television Festival, Chairman of the RTS Awards, serves on the DCMS advisory panel on the BBC and is also Appeal Chair of The Scar Free Foundation, a national charity pioneering and transforming medical research into disfigurement and lives in her London home with her four noisy children.
Simon Kilby's profile
Rankin is a British photographer, publisher, film director and cultural provocateur.
He heads the eponymous agency RANKIN, an 80+ strong team that puts strategy, creative and production all under one roof. RANKIN is known for work that is on the cultural cusp and leading future trends. They have made rule-breaking campaigns for brands such as Rolls Royce, Unilever, L’Oreal and Samsonite, charities including Women’s Aid and Macmillan, music videos for Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora and Kelis, as well as recently guest editing leading marketing magazine The Drum.
Rankin’s personal portfolio ranges from portraiture to documentary. He has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner and The Queen to name only a few.
Rankin co-founded the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1992, and has since published the likes of AnOther and AnOther Man, alongside over 40 books and the biannual fashion and culture print and digital platform, Hunger.
His photography has been published everywhere from his own publications to Elle, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Wonderland, and exhibited in galleries globally, including MoMA, New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Rankin lives in London with his wife Tuuli and their dogs.
Lauren is the Head of Response and Board Director at PHD Media part of Omnicom. Lauren’s core focus in her role is helping clients with strategic digital media planning and activation in the performance space; Lauren’s role is also focused on supporting PHD Media with growing its digital capabilities, through leveraging technology, and intelligent use of data science in digital.
Lauren started her career in digital 16 years ago after studying computing and deciding not to become an engineer but focusing on the marketing side of digital. She has worked client-side, as a consultant and agency-side and has been a practitioner across all forms of digital.
Lauren is a huge advocate for digital transformation, innovation and re-engineering process through leveraging ML & AI.
Lauren is passionate about paying it forward to help young underrepresented individuals discover and thrive in a career in advertising by recently joining MEFA; focused on growing diverse representation in the advertising industry.
Lauren is also passionate about being a voice of change affecting policy that marginalises underrepresented individuals.
Alison first worked as a reporter for the Harlow Star weekly newspaper before going to Leeds University where she was editor of Leeds Student.
She was then a trainee at the Evening Argus in Brighton before joining Connors News Agency and Woman magazine.
She came to Trinity Mirror (now Reach) in 1998 as a feature writer on the Sunday People magazine. She moved to become Features Editor on the Daily Mirror in 2001.
In 2016 she was made Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Trinity Mirror papers and in 2018 was named as the Editor of the Daily Mirror, making her its first female editor since its very first editor in 1903. In February 2020 she was made Editor in Chief of the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.
Alison has also written a weekly column in the Mirror since 2012 and in 2018 was named “Columnist of the Year” at the National Press Awards.
She is chair of Reach plc’s Reaching Gender Equality group and Deputy Chair of Women In Journalism.
She has three children aged between nine and 15.
Alison is also a regular media commentator and has appeared on such programmes as Question Time, BBC Politics Live and ITV's This Morning.
James is the CEO of DAZN, the first global pure-sport live and on-demand streaming service that is changing the way the world sees sport.
He has been involved in the creation of DAZN from the very beginning – based on a fan-first philosophy that lets them watch their sport, their way. With access to the world’s best sports including top European football, US sports, tennis, darts and more, fans can watch their favourite teams, leagues and players anytime, anywhere for a monthly affordable price and no lengthy contract.
Using cutting-edge streaming technology, DAZN is available in Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and the U.S. and is accessible on most connected devices including smart TVs, smartphones, PCs, tablets and games consoles.
James joined Premium TV in 2003, prior to its merger with Inform Group in 2007 to become Perform. Previously, he has held multiple senior roles within Perform including Managing Director of APAC, Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand and Managing Director of ePlayer. Before joining Perform, James held the position of Commercial Director at Birmingham City Football Club. He holds an MBA in Business Administration and Management from the University of Birmingham.
As CEO, Nicolle and her team are working to build a smarter, more effective television ecosystem by partnering with and empowering brands to seamlessly connect with audiences wherever and whenever they watch content.
Nicolle previously served as Global Chief Operating Officer at GroupM’s mPLATFORM where she was responsible for global product management, strategic partnerships, and technology development across the largest media investment management organization in the world.
Prior to mPLATFORM, Nicolle was a central figure in the success of Xaxis, a pioneering programmatic digital media business, serving first as Global Chief Revenue Officer, followed by Global Chief Operating Officer. During her tenure as CRO, Xaxis grew revenue to over one billion dollars. As Global COO she oversaw product and technology development, business operations, human resources, and strategic partnerships. Key highlights include leading the audience data activation platform and launching the company’s machine learning technology. She also played an instrumental role in the sale of Open AdStream to AppNexus.
Prior to Xaxis, Nicolle was the President of 24/7 Real Media where she led the company’s business in North America and Europe. Earlier at 24/7, she served in the roles of VP, SVP, and EVP, Global Media and Technology Product Management, with responsibility for the overall health and growth of the global business. In these roles, she drove the evolution of one of the industry’s most significant publisher technology platforms and the development of the first global data management platform suite for agencies. She also led the deployment and integration of the joint venture partnership between WPP and Dentsu across Asia.
A recognized leader in the media industry, Nicolle is a member of the Ad Council Board of Directors and has been named to the Adweek 50 list, AdAge’s 40 Under 40, Business Insider’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Mobile, Crain’s 40 Under 40, Cynopsis’ Top Women in Media and Multichannel News’ Women to Watch. She has been honored as a Working Mother of the Year by both Working Mother Media and Advertising Women of New York. She is an active supporter of SOS Children’s Villages and Step Up Network, and an extremely proud Girl Scouts Brownie troop leader.
Sarah joined Saatchi & Saatchi in December 2019. and drives the day-to-day agency as well as running client business including Britvic and GSK Previously a 9 year veteran of Grey London where she was responsible for some of the agency’s flagship creative accounts - including The British Heart Foundation and Lucozade. Sarah has worked in both global network agencies and start ups and across organisations as diverse as Mars, GSK, P&G and the Home Office. A staunch believer in the need for greater diversity of talent at all levels across advertising, Sarah helps lead the industry wide Advertising Diversity Task Force, She is also a Trustee of the Historic Royal Palaces so has a side hustle looking after the Crown Jewels.
Thomas Helbo's profile
Stofa is the second largest Danish service provider working within Cable TV and FTTH, and being a customer oriented CTO I have been part of the Stofa journey from a technical driven to a market driven organization. As part of my role I have been working with high growth and product development of popular services for many years.
Stofa has a very innovative approach to new services and have been frontrunner in Europe, with launching a fully interactive STB in 2007 and multiscreen solutions in 2010.
Experience within operations and management, good at creating high-preforming and enthusiastic teams. Focus on ensuring goals are set and tracking KPIs. Working with business critical operational objectives as well as revenue generation enhancements and cost savings has allowed me to critically prioritize what is most important for the business.
Annabel Venner's profile
Annabel is CMO of DirectAsia and Hiscox Global Brand Director. In these roles Annabel is responsible for driving the effectiveness of marketing across the Hiscox Group and DirectAsia, specifically in key markets of UK, US, France, Germany, Thailand Singapore. Her key deliverables are; running and sustaining the 'Hiscox Marketing Excellence' programme, owning the Hiscox & DirectAsia brand architectures and ensuring its local activation, and providing technical support, guidance and best practice to all markets.
Annabel joined Hiscox in January 2009, as Head of Marketing and prior to her current Global role was UK Marketing Director, and sitting on the UK Leadership Team
Previous to her time at Hiscox, Annabel was at Coca-Cola for nine years working across a number of brands including; MyCoke, Schweppes, Powerade and Oasis, and on both GB and European projects. She led projects including the launch of the UK loyalty programme, consumer activation of Beijing Olympics, and a pan European promotion with i-Tunes.
Annabel holds a chemistry degree from the University of Bristol and is a Fellow of The Marketing Society, member of the Financial Services Forum, and a Tech London Advocate. She is married, with two young boys, and lives in West London.
Jakob Nielsen's profile
Jakob is Global Chief Executive Officer at Finecast. Jakob is a founder of the company, which is part of GroupM, the leading global media investment management company for WPP’s media agencies, leading the development of GroupM’s Addressable TV strategy together with Irwin Gotlieb.
Formerly UK Managing Director of GroupM Digital, Jakob was instrumental in changing the trading strategy of the UK; changes that are being rolled out worldwide.
Jakob has held key roles within various companies including Microsoft, as well as founding two digital marketing start-ups following his Masters of Science degree from Copenhagen Business School. He is a husband and father with a passion for F1, football, travel, good food and wine.
Ben Sutherland's profile
Ben Sutherland is Diageo’s first Chief Digital Officer, having joined the drinks business in 2016 to shape its digital future. His role covers technology, global media partnerships and digital talent, running Diageo’s Centre of Digital Excellence and overseeing strategic investment for the business, whose brands include Johnnie Walker, Baileys, Smirnoff, Guinness and Captain Morgan.
Ben started his career at MindShare in 1998, before spending over six years at Tri-Direct and nearly five at Rapp. He then worked jointly at Vizeum and iProspect from May 2013, before taking up the role of Chief Performance Officer at iProspect in May 2014, from where he took up the role at Diageo.
Ben considers himself an ‘aging jock’, a keen sports fan with an Msc in Sports Physiology from Loughborough University. These days he spends more time sipping Tanqueray than scoring tries, and has a young daughter who keeps him on his toes!
Lydia Amoah is recognised as Britain’s leading authority on diversity and cultural inclusion. An award-winning business coach, TV presenter and campaigner she has helped thousands of people transform their lives and improved many businesses.
Her clients have included the BBC, ITV, Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, Channel 4, Bank of Ireland, EY and the NHS. She is well known on the speaking circuit as a keynote speaker and frequently appears in other media.
Lydia is also a researcher. She pioneered and authored The Black Pound Report, which explores the spending power of the Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic consumers and how these communities are underrepresented in our current advertising landscape.
Lydia is also the architect of the STOPIT Protocol, a new policy to protect employees from online and offline racism and hate crimes.
Kate Tovey is Director of Commercial Sales Strategy and Transformation at JCDecaux UK, working closely with the Executive Board to define the strategic direction of UK commercial activity and ensure it is aligned to market needs. Kate was previously Head of Agency Sales at JCDecaux UK and has fourteen years’ commercial experience in Out-of-Home media.
Kate is chair of JCDecaux UK’s Sparking Conversation initiative which is an exciting social impact project to tackle loneliness within UK communities: https://www.jcdecaux.co.uk/sparking-conversation-resource-hub. In 2020 Kate became a WACL Future Leader Award winner. She is also a member of the ‘Balance in OOH’ committee that was set up to nurture talent from a diverse range of backgrounds within the sector and she is passionate about driving positive cultural change through the power of mentoring.
Stuart Garvie's profile
As President, Bell Media Sales, Stuart Garvie oversees Bell Media’s integrated multi-platform sales force. An industry visionary, Garvie has 18 years of international experience in the media industry, most recently with GroupM. He served as Chief Commercial Officer, negotiating $2 billion in advertising spending across Canada’s largest advertising agencies and was Deputy Global Trading Director for Maxus, a GroupM Agency.
Prior to joining GroupM Garvie was Danone’s Media Purchasing Manager for the UK and Ireland. Early in his career he was Reckitt Benckiser’s Media Manager of Northern Europe.
Garvie has a breadth of agency experience having held positions with Manning Gottlieb OMD, IDK, and Optimedia.
Garvie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Nottingham.
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.
Jette Nygaard-Andersen's profile
Jette has more than 20 years’ experience working with media and entertainment, digital and telecommunications industries in Nordics and Europe. Jette has been an Executive with Modern Times Group (MTG AB) since 2003. She was appointed MTG Executive Vice President, CEO of the Group’s Central European free-TV, radio and local digital operations (in the Baltics, Czech Republic and Bulgaria), and CEO of MTG Broadcasting Products & Technology in May 2015, and is part of MTG AB’s executive management team.
Jette previously served as Executive Vice President and CEO of MTG’s Nordic pay-TV broadcasting operations, where she directed and oversaw the management of MTG’s pay-TV operations across the Nordic and Baltic regions, which included the Viasat pay-TV channels, the Viasat satellite pay-TV platform, and Viaplay online pay-TV service, B2B area. Jette has also served as CEO of Viasat Denmark, as well as COO of MTG Denmark, and she holds several Board positions.
Before joining MTG, Jette was a strategy management consultant at Accenture working within the Telecommunications & Media industry in Europe, and also held positions at the Maersk Group. During her career, Jette has obtained experience from most areas of the media and entertainment industry, covering broadcast, pay-TV, digital, technology as well as from the telecommunication industry and other ‘converging’ businesses. Jette graduated with an M.Sc in Business, Finance and Economics from the University of Copenhagen, supplemented with studies at Insead and Columbia University.
Les is a world-renowned expert in the field of marketing effectiveness, and has probably won more effectiveness awards than anyone else. In 2014, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising awarded him The President’s Medal, the highest honour it can bestow, in recognition of his achievements.
Les has written extensively on how advertising works, how to make it work better, and how to evaluate it. In particular, his work with Peter Field has attracted international attention. As Unilever CMO Keith Weed put it, “Les and Peter have made a huge contribution to our understanding of how marketing driver growth and profit for brands. Marketers everywhere should pay close attention.”
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.
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.
Sam is Chief Marketing Officer at Confused.com. Sam’s 20-year marketing career has given him a wealth of experience heading up customer acquisition, retention and loyalty strategies for major tech, finance and motoring brands. Prior to joining Confused.com, Sam delivered profitable marketing and business transformation initiatives for motoring and tech giants such as RAC, Microsoft, AA and HSBC.
James Wildman's profile
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.
Rhys Noelke's profile
Rhys Noelke is Senior Vice President Strategy at RTL Group’s Corporate Center in Luxembourg. RTL Group is leading European entertainment network with 52 TV channels, 29 radio stations across Europe and South-East Asia, the worldwide production company FremantleMedia. With 36 billion video views in 2014 and counting RTL Group is the leading European media company in online video, holding majority stakes in the multi-channel networks BroadbandTV, Stylehaul, Divimove as well as the video advertising market place SpotXchange.
Rhys joined RTL Group in Luxembourg as Executive Assistant to CEO Gerhard Zeiler in 2007. Previously he worked at RTL Interactive in various positions, e.g. building the video-on-demand platform RTL Now. Rhys studied Political Science and History at the University of Cologne and started his work in media as freelance journalist.
Dr. Augustine Fou is a digital marketer with over 25 years of in-the-trenches experience. Dr. Fou was the former Chief Digital Officer of Omnicom’s $100 million Healthcare Consultancy Group and taught executive courses on digital strategy at Rutgers University and New York University. Today marketers seek his expertise to identify ad fraud and optimize their digital marketing campaigns.
Phil is Director General of ISBA, the voice of British advertisers. His broad marketing and general management career spans packaged goods, grocery retail, consultancy and marketing technology start-ups.
He spent 10 years at Kraft, latterly as Vice President, Strategy for Western Europe. He was Marketing & Trading Director for Kwiksave before joining the board of Somerfield as Group Marketing Director. He joined Camelot, the National Lottery operator in 2002, becoming Commercial and Operations Director before being appointed Managing Director of Musgrave GB in 2007.
He was Commercial Director for the 1,000 boat Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012.
Phil has also worked on a number of early stage and start-up digital businesses, most recently with Ecrebo, the Point of Sale marketing specialist.
He has a degree in Classics from Jesus College, Oxford and is married with five children.
Lyndall has spent 30 plus years in media and during her career long has worked on a large range of commercial sectors: motor vehicles, financial, entertainment, retail, FMCG, as well as setting up a media company and running it.
Highlights include Group Media Directorships for the two largest agency groups in South Africa: the Ogilvy & Mather Group and Omnicom Group. A real highlight was working on the first democratic elections in South Africa with Nelson Mandela and the previously exiled ANC government. Following this, she was appointed by Nelson Mandela as the first industry representative to the Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
In Australia, Lyndall has worked at a number of agencies, MindShare, Mediacom and UM. She has run large accounts, including Ford, Holden, and Coles Myer which was made up of Myer, Target, Coles, Kmart, Officeworks and Liquor group. In addition, Lyndall ran the L’Oréal media account for a number of year, before joining L’Oréal as their Media Director for Australia and New Zealand.
She found her niche and passion in the beauty industry working at L’Oréal.
Lyndall is a lover of wildlife and birdlife and has undertaken 43 different safaris and completed a birdwatching course.
Jan Gooding's profile
Jan Gooding is known to be one of the UK’s most experienced marketing leaders and is outspoken on a range of subjects from building global brands to inclusive leadership.
She has enjoyed a successful marketing career during which time she has worked with blue chip corporates such as BT, British Gas, Diageo and Unilever and, most latterly, as the Group Brand Director at Aviva. In her final role at Aviva, as their first Global Inclusion Director, she was responsible for introducing the ground-breaking policy of equal parental leave.
Jan now pursues a portfolio of interests as an executive coach, non-executive Chair of PAMCo and Given and is President of the Market Research Society. She is also an Ambassador and former Chair of Stonewall. She is regular columnist for Mediatel and an Honorary Fellow of the Market Research Society.
Mark Cameron was appointed to the post of Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Australia, in July 2018.
Prior to joining Jaguar Land Rover Australia, in a career spanning more than 25 years, Mark was an experienced Director of Sales & Marketing with a broad history in a range of positions within Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda Motors and Ford Motor Company, including a secondment to a large motor retailing group in the UK.
Most recently Mark was a senior director within the global marketing function at Jaguar Land Rover HQ with responsibility for sponsorships and partnerships, global events and auto shows, drive experiences and motorsport (Jaguar Racing).
Having joined Mazda Motors UK at the time of transition from distributor to national sales company, his responsibilities as Sales Director included sales of over 50,000 vehicles in both retail and fleet channels, retailer network development strategy and retail operations.
Mark now leads the Australian business at a very busy and exciting time, with the introduction of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV late in 2018 and a commitment by 2020 to offer a portfolio of electrified products across the Jaguar and Land Rover model range.
Dr. Julian Tan, from Malaysia joined Formula 1® in 2017. He is responsible for leading Formula 1’s digital strategy, transformation & growth including F1’s global esports business, redefining how fans engage with the sport through digital and esports. Prior to this, Julian was a Senior Consultant at global management consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group. Here he helped some of the world’s largest and most important organizations spearhead their commercial strategies and digital transformations. Julian holds first class bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Oxford and a PhD in the micromechanics of carbon fibre laminates from the University of Cambridge.
Sam Gaunt's profile
Sam Gaunt has 15 years’ media and digital agency experience working with brands including McDonald’s, Kellogg’s, and Heinz. Since joining Lidl as Head of Media in 2015 Sam has focused on delivering Lidl’s ethos of quality and price to maximise ROI across every area of media investment. Since 1994 Lidl has experienced continuous growth in Great Britain and today has over 20,000 employees, 650 stores and 10 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales. The family supermarket takes pride in providing its customers with the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices.
Jordan is currently a Sports Reporter for Channel 4 News, Presenter on TalkSport and creator of YouTube show It’s All Blakademik.
He was a Reporter and Presenter for Channel 4’s award-winning coverage of the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, reporting on the Wheelchair Basketball.
In 2018, Jordan started up a YouTube show It’s All Blakademik, to have honest, needed and intelligent discussion around issues affecting the black community.
YouTube show It’s All Blakademik is a debate show with an all-Black panel of guests, debating issues relating to the Black community.
It’s an honest, engaging and progressive discussion with the intention of giving Black people a platform they might not have otherwise, but also challenging why people think what they think.
This is an important show for the Black community, but also wider audiences and communities. It’s important that Black people, especially young black people, see intelligent, successful, aspirational figures from a variety of industries. In order to be it, you have to see it and seeing our guests give their expertise from a position of expertise, will hopefully inspire our Black viewers that they can be Doctors, Lawyers, Business leaders, entrepreneurs, Athletes, Newsreaders, Nutritionist, Artists and Social Workers. It’s equally as important to show our Black audience the art of debate and navigating your opinion through a difference of opinion, with intelligence and maturity.
But it’s essential that people who aren’t Black see this show as well. Firstly, because where else will you see smart and successful Black people debating issues of politics, business or culture? There are also many people who aren’t Black who want to hear a perspective on a particular subject from articulate and academic people.
He also noticed, I knew so many talented creatives, that weren’t given the platform to showcase and improve on their skills and talents. We’ve been inundated with camera operators, Videographers, editors, producers, photographers, graphic designers, sound men and more and all have said they’ve noticed a difference in their ability.
Denise enjoys the distinction of consistently being one of Canada’s top 10 creative directors. Her work has been recognized in every national and international award show for clients as varied as Pepsico, Wrigley, Johnson and Johnson, Labatt Breweries, Mars, Subaru. and most recently Paralympics and Right to Play. Prior to BBDO she worked at DDB where she was part of the team that brought home the title of Agency of the Year for 4 years. She has also won the Grand prix for the most effective campaign in the country.
An internationally recognized industry leader, Denise has been twice asked to judge the Cannes Lion festival of Creativity, along with the One Show, LIA, the Clios and this year will be President of the D&AD radio jury. As well as sitting on several advertising panels she was recently a moderator for Women of Influence and was honoured to be on the See It Be It Panel. Being a mom of twin 11year-old boys she would love to do a campaign that changed the world for the better.