A world-class mix of the industry's best and brightest.
Simon Daglish
Deputy Managing Director Commercial
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After school Simon joined the Army, followed by work in Venezuela, America and Australia, returning to the UK in ‘91 to start work on Conrad Black’s ‘new’ Daily Telegraph. Having managed the launch of the Saturday Magazine in ‘95 he set up his own publishing company and in ‘98 sold it to Independent News & Media.
Simon then joined the fledgling Classic FM and within 4 years it had grown into the biggest and most profitable commercial radio station in the UK. In ‘05 Classic FM and parent company GWR merged with Capital and he became Group Commercial Director. Simon left when GCap Media sold to Global and joined MySpace as Commercial Director. Joining ITV in Jan ‘11 as Group Commercial Sales Director, he was promoted to Deputy MD, Commercial Dec ‘14.
Simon has walked to the South Pole twice and led an expedition to the North Pole with 4 wounded soldiers and Prince Harry and has raised nearly £10m for various charities including Walking With The Wounded, which he founded.
Kate Dale
Strategic Lead: Brand and Digital
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Started life as a journalist and have evolved into a brand and digital specialist. At Sport England I'm working out how to use our own channels to improve and encourage participation in sport. This currently means I'm focused on This Girl Can - a groundbreaking campaign to get more women and girls playing sport - not to win medals but because it's fun.
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Business Development / International Account Manager
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Business Reporter
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Neil Davidson
Managing Director and Managing Partner
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Neil joined Hey Human in 2008. He established the agency’s strategic offer and developed its new positioning, built on the agency’s proprietary study into new brand relationships.

Neil has led, launched and re-positioned agencies in the UK and in Europe, including being a Board member of Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R;, Strategic Planning Director of The Farm and Managing Partner of Rapp.

Neil believes that brands and agencies need to reconsider many of the fundamentals they hold dear to reflect the realities of the changing brand relationships and people’s engagement with technology and communications now.

Matt Davies
Managing Director, Content
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MD of Content, Matt Davies leads the evolution of MEC’s content offering, to ensure it continues to deliver brand experiences at the points on the customer journey where they can have most business impact for clients.

Previously Global Managing Partner at Carat with responsibility for driving content opportunities across the global Mondelez account, Matt’s career comprises a number of senior roles in the content arena over the past 13 years, including building ZenithOptimedia’s Newcast division where he was Head of Social Content and Mobile. Prior to that he launched the digital content agency Ramp Industry and the TWBA backed start-up, Velo. He has also worked as a consultant at Vice.
Paul Davies
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Paul leads the marketing activity for famous technology brands including Windows, Lumia, Surface, Bing, MSN, Office, Internet Explorer and Band.
With 20 years’ experience, he is noted for creating pioneering work that challenges convention, and for nurturing and developing talent to create future marketing leaders.
Paul has a strong track record in marrying the world of art, culture & entertainment with the digital capabilities of Microsoft, through unique talent collaborations such as the multi-awarded Brandon Generator online crowd-sourced interactive drama curated by Edgar Wright.
Paul is Chair of Institute of British Advertisers (ISBA), was recognised as one of the Hot 100 Digital Marketers (British Interactive Media Association), and was Awarded Marketer of the Year in 2011. He is a sponsor and mentor at the Marketing Academy, supporting the development of emerging talent in the industry.
Paul is a Board Trustee for Punchdrunk and Board member of the Featured Artist Coalition.
Tracy De Groose
CEO, UK & Ireland
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Tracy was appointed UK CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network in May 2014, having previously held the position of UK CEO of Carat. At Carat, Tracy grew the agency into a £1billion billings business and one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For, which in 2013 was named the fastest growing network by RECMA. Her earlier career saw her tackle some of the UK’s biggest marketing and communications challenges, both agency and client side. From 1992-1998 at Whitbread, Tracy transformed Stella Artois into a top ten FMCG brand and FMCG brand of the year in 1998. She went on to hold senior positions at Starcom and Naked Communications, before joining Dentsu Aegis in 2009. Tracy is also an executive member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications, London), and regularly volunteers her time to guide and nurture the next generation of talent as a Marketing Academy Mentor.
James De Souza
Head of Customer Analytics
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James is a customer insight obsessive and an avid fan of driving personalised customer experiences through data-led planning and decision making. Following 10 years working with world-class behavioural analytics in client solutions roles at dunnhumby, James is unlocking the potential of customer data at Post Office.
Gonzague de Vallois
SVP of Publishing
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Gonzague de Vallois is Senior Vice President of Publishing for Gameloft, a leading publisher of digital and social games. In this role, Gonzague is responsible for driving worldwide sales and marketing of the company’s games and ad revenues.

Gonzague began his career at the French mobile carrier Bouygues Telecom as a marketing product manager and joined Gameloft in 2000 as Sales Director for France. He became the VP of Publishing in 2003 and rapidly extended the distribution and marketing network across the globe. Gameloft has now sales and marketing operations in over 40 markets. Signing prestigious partnerships with all the major Hollywood studios, toy companies and sports celebrities allows the Group to balance its catalog of home grown brands.

In 2014, Gonzague launched the strategic advertising initiative for the Group, building a sales and marketing force to build partnerships with major agencies, trading desks and ad tech players around the world.
Claudia De Wolff
Director, Creative Content & Programming
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Thomas Desramaut
VP of International Sales & Marketing
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Founder & CEO
Jarrod Dicker
Head of Ad Product and Technology
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Jarrod Dicker is the head of ad product and technology at The Washington Post and founder of RED, The Post’s ad research experimentation and development team. Dicker works closely with The Post’s world-class engineering team, helping drive ad tech innovation and strategy across the entire organization. While focusing on the best user experience, Dicker's team is building new product innovations that connect brands with The Post’s growing global audience on and off the platform

Before joining The Washington Post, Dicker was head of product and operations at RebelMouse where he was responsible for managing the commercial engineering, product operations and project management teams on ideation, production and execution of the RebelMouse product. In 2013, he was named to Business Insider's list of the 30 most creative people in social media marketing.

Prior to RebelMouse, Dicker served as director of product at Time Inc. Working across a portfolio of 21 Time Inc. brands as diverse as Fortune and InStyle, Dicker leveraged his unique vision to create scalable products and to evangelize innovation.

Dicker spent two years at the Huffington Post where he helped establish native advertising and led the Social Marketing team to huge wins including IBM's Smarter Ideas, TNT's Armchair Detective and individual programs with Sony, Dell, Disney, Coke, Unilever, Chase, Pepsi, Levi's, P&G;, Kraft, and GE.

He is active with universities, lecturing about the future of social advertising and working directly with students to identify and solve problems in the social space. Currently, he is involved with a Carnegie Mellon University program on the value of social advertising in publishing.

Dicker began his career on the editorial side as a writer for Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. and contributed to several digital-based music publications including Relix Magazine and Jambase.com.
Alex Dimiziani
Head of Marketing EMEA
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Alex is an entrepreneur at heart, who thrives on challenge and taking calculated risks to capitalise on fleeting opportunities, and flourishes in an ethical and creative environment.

Her ‘lattice’ career path is a reflection of her deeply held belief that most innovation arises from extracting lessons and approaches from one area and applying them to another. Thus, her experience runs the gamut from luxury brand strategy and communications for brands such as Ralph Lauren, to marketing highly-subsidized health products, like condoms, to the most vulnerable populations in central Africa; from conceiving and incubating new brands to producing global integrated marketing campaigns for Coca-Cola; and from lobbying government officials for tax exemptions to managing internal change and investor relations in a technology company.

Alex joined Airbnb in 2014 to build out the team in Europe.
Alesha Dixon
Singer and TV personality
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There is a moment in every artist’s life when, with a little nod to Janet Jackson, fairy godmother of the modern diva, they feel the irresistible urge to step it up and take full control. For Alesha Dixon, that time is now. In a glittering career that has transformed her from Home Counties hopeful to household name Alesha has earned her stripes in the music business. Now it’s time to prove it, front of house and behind the scenes.
Alesha Dixon has worn many hats over her astonishing 16 year career. She opened her musical hand as a finger-snapping Rude Girl, one third of the brilliant Mis-Teeq, part of the original bedrock UKG scene that went on to the take the world (nobody brrrrrapped better than Alesha). Next she was the sleek millennial solo proposition, a finely tuned groove machine. In an unexpected career diversion – seriously, who takes the career swerve from 2step to the Ballroom? – she fashioned a brilliant second career as Saturday teatime TV royalty, first
at Strictly then Britain’s Got Talent. For her re-entry to pop’s top sphere in 2015, she is all about doing it her way.
Alesha Dixon has taken creative and business control of every aspect of her fourth solo record. It will be the first release on her Precious Stone Records label. Alesha has channelled a little of the energy from the propulsive TV record label drama Empire and will henceforth be her own Cookie Lyon. This time she’s the boss. ‘It feels great. I find the whole thing funny, in a way. Precious Stone Records? Little old me? But I also take it very seriously.’ ‘I feel like in many ways, I’ve done it all,’ Alesha says. ‘The whole music industry, the craziness, the pressure, the politics, you do get a buzz off it and want to be a part of it. I’ve been lucky that I’ve experienced small independents and huge majors, platinum albums and albums not coming out. I’ve been round the block on what the industry can do with you. But what I’ve never done is taken complete control of it all.’
Alesha is the singer and author of nine Top 10 singles and three platinum albums. Her musical gifts have been rewarded with MOBO awards and Brit nominations. Her effervescent single, ‘The Boy Does Nothing’, is a million seller and reached the Top 10 in 12 global territories. Her album, ‘The Alesha Show’ was one of only five platinum albums in Britain in 2010. She has proven time and again that British musical talent, delivered sincerely, from the heart and on point, can slay on the world stage. Now is the time to do everything on her terms. ‘I’ve got all that wealth of knowledge and I’m in the best place emotionally that I’ve been in my entire life. Put the two together and it’s added up to making the best and most personal record of my life which is all about doing it for the love. It’s all come back to the music.’
Alesha first thought about heading back into the musical milieu as long ago as 2012. ‘Then I fell pregnant with my little girl and that put it on hold for two years. You can’t seriously hope to give everything you need to a record while you’re breast-feeding,’ she says, letting out one of British pop’s most distinctive and defining laughs. After wrapping the 2014 series of BGT she stepped stridently back into the studio. ‘I just wanted to feel that buzz again. Writing is second nature to me. I think most songs are pre-written, without wanting to sound too mystical about it. The good ones are, anyway. Going into the studio is just a way of downloading them. You can only take into the studio your own life experience and the people you’ve met along the way. You’re accessing
something. Your soul has already decided what it is you want to say. You just have to be open to it.’
Because she’s the kind of artist that always needs her music to sound fresh and of a moment, she scrapped all previous work and started with a clean slate. In a tiny studio in Sweden she first hit musical gold-dust on a song that sounded in exactly the mould of her frame of mind, that reminded her why she was so in love with music in the first place. The big, bold, current sound of ‘Do It For Love’ sounded exactly where she wanted to be musically. This wasn’t music being made to major label instruction, it was intuitive and delivered from the heart. It slots seamlessly into a modern house sound honed in the musical universe of Clean Bandit, Keizsa and Jess Glynne only because these artists share a frame of reference on British pop/dance music, of which Alesha has been a long-term and key figurehead. ‘People will think it’s a love song but it’s actually about my love of music and how much I worship it and that’s what I’m doing it for now. After I had that one, I knew there was an album bursting to come out of me.’
Setting up business by herself was not an easy decision to make. Once she’d made sense of the move, it panned out perfectly for Alesha. ‘The traditional route of signing to a label as an artist doesn’t appeal to me so much because I’m not an 18-year-old trying to get my first break. I’ve got more of a business head now and I don’t want to sign away a 360 degree deal in order to catch the breaks. That’s the practical reason. But on a more personal and creative level I didn’t want to have to answer to anyone about the record. I’ve done the whole thing. I’ve been across everything creatively and taken it by the reigns. I do love the thrill and the chase of the music industry machine but the days of me needing my song to go top 10 are long gone.’ Something in the change of her frame of mind, this new confidence running clearly through the album is attributable to the changes in Alesha since becoming a mother. She’s even named and dedicated the mid-paced beauty Azura to her daughter.
Much as she’s immensely proud of the opening single from the suite, the brand new equality anthem ‘The Way We Are’, she won’t be disquieting herself with its stats. ‘That gauge of commercial success is not what I’m going to bed at night thinking about anymore.’ As well as the countless triumphs Ms Dixon has enjoyed in her brilliant career, there have been lows, too. ‘I’ve been there, believe me. I’ve lived it. I can remember getting a phone call from my manager when a radio station didn’t play a song from my first solo album. I remember crying on the phone, that feeling that this can’t happen without that support. That sucks. You’ve worked on this thing for a year and a half, it’s all you care about, it’s all you really know in that time and suddenly it’s all gone. I said to myself I refuse to ever feel like that again.’
If she’s thankful for the good times, she has to be grateful for the bad, too. ‘I can weirdly look back at that time quite fondly. It was an important thing for me to go through, it shifted something. I do think every single experience you have in life sets you up for the next one. What I did say, from that moment was that I had to empower myself and get myself into a position where I would never go back to that feeling.’ Her outlook has flipped 360 degrees into positivity. ‘I’ve made a record I love, I’ve funded it, I’ve put it out and I’ve kind of got the attitude of whatever will be, will be. First and foremost I had to love it. It’s scary, but I did it.’
Throughout it all, she’s kept her sense of humour. ‘I have been on a journey and what I’m very good at doing is putting life into perspective. There are so many people out there doing jobs that they don’t love. There are so many people struggling. I don’t want to get too deep but every day I
give thanks that I’m doing something I love, with a roof over my head, with security and these things I never take for granted. And I’ve done that through music. Music has always been my salvation, right from the beginning.’ Her new album is Alesha’s favourite yet. ‘This sounds like the future.’
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Director of Mobile
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Chris Duncan
Chief Customer Officer
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Chris Duncan was appointed Chief Customer Officer for News UK in December 2015. He is responsible for sales and marketing for The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun, and oversees audience insight, marketing operations and creative production.

He was previously Chief Marketing Officer and before that Director of Customer Sales. He joined News UK in 2007 from Alchemetrics Ltd where he was Managing Director of a start up agency working in cloud based CRM tools for publishers, having previously worked with American Express in Australia.

He is a mentor for The Marketing Academy.
Richard Dunmall
Chief Revenue Officer
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Richard is Global Chief Revenue Officer of Media iQ and key member of the board of directors. Richard is responsible for the global sales and marketing strategies.

Richard is well-known as a media and marketing leader globally, with extensive experience within media owner, agency, creative and digital businesses.
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Chief Strategy Officer
Dominic Dunne
Managing Director
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As UK Managing Director, Dominic is tasked with overseeing the planning and execution of the go-to-market strategy and business objectives for Drawbridge in the UK. Dominic brings over 18 years experience in media, technology and data-driven marketing to the company.

Prior to Drawbridge, Dominic served as the International Sales and Partnerships Director at Perform Group, a multi-national sports media technology company, where he led award-winning campaigns with major global brands, including MasterCard and Heineken. He started with the company as the UK Sales Director at Perform during the IPO on the London Stock Exchange, where the company debuted with a market cap of $1B in 2011.

Dominic spent the first 10 years of his career working for leading UK based media companies including market leaders Emap Advertising and GCap Media, holding a range of management roles. Dominic holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of London.