Speakers
A world-class mix of the industry's best and brightest.
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Sam Baker
Co-founder, CEO & editor,
THE POOL
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Sam Baker grew up in Hampshire and after a degree in politics at Birmingham University became a journalist. She has edited some of the UK's biggest magazines, including Cosmopolitan, and was Editor in Chief of Red for six years. In 2015, she co-founded The Pool, the online platform that makes inspiring and original content for busy women, with broadcaster Lauren Laverne. Approaching its first birthday, it has been described as "a vision of women's media that goes beyond the glossy" by JWT Intelligence, and was cited by FIPP as one of the top ten media moments of 2015, alongside the launch of the Apple watch and Snapchat Discover. She is also a regular commentator on women's issues and the author of five novels. The latest, The Woman Who Ran is out now in pbk.
Simon Baker
Head of Branded Content
ITN PRODUCTIONS
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I am a progressive marketing, branding and communications strategist focusing on cross platform content campaigns. I am also a pioneer of 'always on' brand publishing models.

I'm passionate about breaking down production and distribution models and building them up in an approach that works for today's audiences.

From producing the UK's most awarded TV ad break, to creating the UK's first 'always on'​ branded content studio and helping to establish ITV's branded content offering 'ITV AdVentures'. My aim is to help brands make their content work harder.

Through creative direction and production expertise I help redefine what is possible when using video to market, communicate and tell great stories. I'm lucky enough to work with some of the best talent in the industry, together producing content that our clients are proud of, and that's recognised by our peers.
Marie-Claire Barker
Chief Global Talent Officer
MEC
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With a global talent manifesto of “Don’t just live, Thrive”, Marie-Claire has a global ambition to change the face of talent management in the industry through innovation, and to create a culture where every employee has the opportunity to thrive in their own unique way. She is responsible for driving change globally with the investment of innovative initiatives focused on the growth of MEC’s people such as happiness and mindfulness workshops, The Thrive Spirit, My Family Care Program and The Inspiration Fund.
Marie-Claire sits on the advisory board of the HR Management Institute in the US, and is the Chair of the 4 A's Talent Committee, where she is leading the initiative to change the face of talent management in our industry.
Prior to MEC, Marie-Claire served as Global Chief Talent Officer for Ogilvy & Mather, where she was responsible for all aspects of the company's human resources capabilities.
Marie-Claire is a Brit based in NYC with her husband and son.
Nathan Barling
Global Data Technology Director
DENTSU AEGIS NETWORK
Emma Barnett
Women's Editor
THE TELEGRAPH
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Susan Credle
Emma Barnett
Roger Bootle
Emma Barnett
Yigal Baron
Director General
ISRAEL ADVERTISING ASSOCIATION
Felix Barrett
Artistic Director
PUNCHDRUNK
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Artistic Director of Punchdrunk and a graduate and Honorary Fellow in Drama, University of Exeter, Felix has conceived, designed, and directed all of Punchdrunk’s productions since founding the company in 2000. He is a Critics’ Circle Drama Award winner and one of the first recipients of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund Award, which supports exceptional arts practitioners in the development of their vision. He has worked with brands such Louis Vuitton, Stella Artois, Playstation and most recently Absolut Vodka. Felix also designed and directed Punchdrunk’s award-winning New York debut production of Sleep No More, which has been playing to sell out audiences since 2011.
Oli Barrett MBE
Co-founder
COSPA
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Oli is a co-founder of Cospa, a social innovation agency working with companies and causes to create cross-sector campaigns which make money and make a difference. A recent example is Volunteer It Yourself, which helps young people to fix their own youth clubs, with Wickes, the DIY chain. He started Tenner (now run by Young Enterprise), the UK's largest schools enterprise scheme, which has challenged over 150,000 pupils to see what they can achieve in a month, starting with £10. He brought speed-networking to the UK and has led 11 international trade missions to the US, India and Brazil helping British companies (in health, clean-tech and web) to explore business opportunities. Oli’s entrepreneurial career started as a student and has included an events business in nine cities, an international language practice website & a sock subscription website. He spent two years on the Prime Minister's Council on Social Action & co-founded the national, business-funded campaign StartUp Britain.
Anna Bateson
Director of Digital
CHARLOTTE TILBURY BEAUTY
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Anna Bateson is the new Director of Digital at Charlotte Tilbury, a fast growing British based start-up. She is responsible for ecommerce, social, content, customer service and any manifestation of the digital customer experience.

Prior to this she was director of global consumer marketing at YouTube. She joined Google in 2009, leading YouTube marketing in EMEA, and moving over to the US in 2013 to take on this global role.

Previously, Anna was director of viewer marketing at ITV, where she was responsible for all programme and channel brand communication.

Before ITV Anna spent 4 years at MTV Networks UK, where she finished up as VP marketing across all the nine channel brands. She started her career at Bloomberg – where she ran all the European marketing and sponsorship programmes, and worked for Mike Bloomberg personally.
Nick Baughan
CEO
MAXUS
Matthew Baxter
Chief Media Officer
LIVERPOOL FC
Claire Beale
Editor-in-chief
CAMPAIGN
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At the beginning of last year Claire was appointed the new position of brand editor of Marketing. Prior to this Claire edited the Campaign title for eight years and has worked for the title since the mid-1990s. She has written extensively on advertising and marketing for the national press, including a column in The Independent, and is a regular media commentator on the industry.
Graham Bednash
Director of Consumer Marketing, EMEA
GOOGLE
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Graham is Google's Director of Consumer Marketing for EMEA and is responsible for Google Search, Maps and Chrome. He works in close collaboration with Google Creative Lab to ensure Google is pushing the boundaries of creative excellence and digital innovation. Before Google, Graham worked at some of the most influential and award-winning agencies in the communications industry including Michaelides + Bednash, HHCL and R/GA.
Ravleen Beeston
Head of Sales, Bing UK
MICROSOFT
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As Head of Sales for Bing UK, I lead an organisation of regional Sales Directors, Account Directors and Account Managers. In this role I hired and set up the entire UK Strategic Accounts Team for Bing as we migrated our Search business from Yahoo in late 2015.
Martin Belam
Social & New Formats Editor
GUARDIAN NEWS & MEDIA
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Martin Belam is Social & New Formats Editor for the Guardian in London. He helped set up UsVsTh3m and Ampp3d for the Daily Mirror, has worked at Sony and the BBC, and was previously Lead User Experience Architect at the Guardian
Nick Bell
VP, Content
SNAPCHAT
Nina Bibby
Marketing & Consumer Director
02 (TELEFONICA UK)
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Nina has commercial profit and loss accountability for the consumer mobile business at 02. She also has responsibility for brand, marketing communications, customer experience & strategy, devices and sustainability.
She joined Telefonica UK from Barclaycard, where as CMO she sat on the Executive Committee and oversaw the launch of innovations such as Payband and Bespoke Offers.

Prior to Barclaycard, Nina was SVP of Global Brand Management at IHG, where she led the successful re-launch of Holiday Inn, the largest of its kind in the hospitality industry. Before that, Nina held a variety of roles at Diageo over 9 years including Commercial Strategy Director, Brand Director for Baileys and Pimms and Global Brand Director of Reserve Brands.

Nina has an MBA from INSEAD. Nina is also a NED of Barratt Developments plc, a member of the British Airways International Business Advisory Board, a member of WACL and a fellow of the Marketing Society.
Nicolas Bidon
Managing Director
XAXIS UK
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Jenny Biggam
Founder
THE 7 STARS
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Jenny is a leading figure in the media industry. She set up the7stars in September 2005 along with her business partner Mark Jarvis. Previously she held a Board position at Carat - and prior to that was at ZenithOptimedia. Jenny has led the7stars to become the largest and fastest growing independent media agency in the UK. In the last year, she is very proud to have steered the agency to become both Campaign Magazine and Media Weeks’ Agency of the Year 2015, The Sunday Times’s 4th Best Company to work for (ranking in the top 5 for the last 4 years) and listed within The Telegraph’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. Her aim 10 years ago was to create a business that not only delivered great ideas and fantastic work for clients but that was also a nice place to work. She has achieved this by creating a unique workplace that places people above process, banishing cumbersome rules and processes and spending a lot of time creating a different way of working.
Bethan Bishop
Head of Innovation & Industry Engagement
HEART OF ENGLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
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Bethan is a strategic leader in health innovation with a specific interest and knowledge digital technology enablement. She is passionate about developing talent and is expert in creating partnerships to accelerate the adoption of innovation. Bethan has developed a distinctive 20 year career within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, and is working with a number of health related businesses on their innovation strategy and product development. She provides strategic insight, maximises collaboration opportunities and delivers successful adoption of healthcare innovation through the exploitation of new business models.

Bethan joined the NHS from the pharmaceutical industry 15 years ago to strategically lead innovation, research and industry engagement.

Prior to joining the NHS, her work in the pharmaceutical industry spanned the whole lifecycle of clinical drug development. Bethan is an NLP practitioner, coach & mentor and an active blogger, www.bethanbishop.com.
Hannah Blake
Open Innovation Director
MEC GLOBAL
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Hannah is Open Innovation Director for the media agency MEC. Here she is responsible for helping the agency and its clients to collaborate and partner with start-ups and early stage technology in addition to harnessing a more entrepreneurial culture within the organisation. Prior to this she ran BBC Worldwide Labs, BBC Worldwide’s award winning start-up accelerator. Hannah is experienced in identifying and forging commercial partnerships for a number of large organisations and digital media start-ups, which means she has insider knowledge of how young companies, can scale and grow through a networked model and how established organisations can adopt new, innovative ways of working. Hannah has a unique ability to quickly understand start-up business models and translate them for the corporate world, enabling two very different companies to work closely together and collaborate on profitable, long-term partnerships.
Dr Simon Blyth
Founder
ACTANT
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Simon founded Actant in 2011. Prior to this he was Practice Head at the design and innovation consultancy IDEO. Over the past years his clients have included: SAB Miller, Mondelez International, Bacardi Global Brands, Department for International Development, Nestle, Unilever and Premier Foods.

With a PhD in Sociology, he’s passionate about identifying ‘cultural opportunities’ and designing new ‘social practices’ for his clients. Simon is regularly invited to write and speak on sociology of consumption, design thinking and behaviour change. He has a special interest in masculinities, feminism and gender politics.

Recent publications include ʻDesign Thinking and the Big Society: From Solving Personal Troubles to Designing Social Problemsʼ, ʻThe Dig: Is Archaeology the New Ethnography?ʼ and ʻRe-thinging (typo intended) Market Researchʼ.

Simon has taught at the universities of Bath, Oxford and Southampton.
Michael Bonner
Associate Editor
UNCUT
Roger Bootle
Economist, Journalist
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Lindsay Pattison
Peter Foster
Paul Bosher
Global Head of Research
WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE
Stuart Bowden
Chief Strategy Officer
MEC
Mark Boyd
Co-Founder
GRAVITY ROAD
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Mark Boyd is the Co-Founder of Gravity Road, an agency bringing together the best of the advertising, communication and entertainment sectors in new ways. Gravity Road exists to create things people that want to spend time with. At only two years old it has created BAFTA & Cannes Lions winning work for the likes of Bacardi Global, Sainsbury’s, Huffington Post & Cadbury’s.
Mark joined from Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) where he was Creative Director/Head of Content and Partner. Mark has worked across various sectors in the media and entertainment business: brands (mobile operator, 3), media owners / content creators (Virgin Media) and agencies (BBH, TBWA, Drum PHD). This breadth has allowed him to pioneer new content opportunities for clients beyond traditional advertising.
Rick Boyko
Founder
SPARKSTARTERS
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Rick is the founding member of Sparkstarters, an executive creative collaboration training program comprised of renowned entrepreneurs, marketers and advertising leaders. Their mission is to help companies become more competitive by liberating the creativity that’s hidden within every organization.

In 2012, after ten years, Rick stepped down as Director and Professor at the VCU Brandcenter, where under his leadership the curriculum evoloved to include five tracks and doubled in size. The VCU Brandcenter Master's program, part of VCU's School of Business, has been recognized by the 4A's, Ad Age and BusinessWeek as a top graduate program in advertising, marketing, digital media, and business.

Prior to the Brandcenter, Rick spent 30 years creating advertising for major brands at agencies including Leo Burnett, Chiat/Day, and Ogilvy & Mather. As Co-President, Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy North America, he integrated Ogilvy’s North American offices leading the agency to be named Agency of the year by Advertising Age in 2000.

Throughout his career, Rick has been dedicated to improving the industry he loves, having served on the Boards of the 4A’s, Art Directors Club (ADC) and One Club. Currently, he sits on the Board of Advertising Week where in 2011 he conceived and helped produce the video Pursuit Of Passion, Diversity in Advertising.

In 2012, in honor of his many contributions to the industry, Rick was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of fame.
Nick Bradley
Commercial Director
FACTORY MEDIA
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Nick is commercial director of Factory Media EMEA overseeing all advertising operations.
Nick joined the business in October 2014 and prior to his appointment held senior leadership positions at Microsoft, Time Inc UK and News UK.
Rob Bradley
Global Director, Digital Ad Revenue & Data
CNN
Jeff Brazier
TV Presenter, Life & Business Coach
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Jeff Brazier first hit our screens in 2001 when he took part in Shipwrecked, one of the UK’s first reality TV shows. A hugely successful career ensued that saw Jeff appear on the likes of Celebrity Wife Swap, The Farm (which he won) and Sky One’s The Match and Celebrity Soccer Six.

As well as his television career, Jeff has forged a new career as a life coach, specialising in areas ranging from bereavement, separation and single parenting through to sports performance, time management, business development and youth development. On top of this, Jeff continues to feed his passion for football as a coach.

Jeff has found great satisfaction in sharing his experience as a single parent of children dealing with grief with other recently bereaved families and is a Patron of Grief Encounter. His latest venture is set to be the launch of a new 14 day online personal improvement course, Jeff Brazier’s ‘Increase Your Positivity, Confidence and Happiness.”
Mike Brett
Producer
ARCHER'S MARK
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Mike Brett, along with & Steve Jamison are co-founders and managing directors of award-winning independent production company, Archer’s Mark. The pair’s debut feature Next Goal Wins won the Moët British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary in 2014, earning them recognition as two of BAFTA’s 2014 Breakthrough Brits and as Screen International Future Leaders for 2015.
Kerris Bright
CMO
VIRGIN MEDIA
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Kerris is the Chief Marketing Officer at Virgin Media, appointed in January 2015 to lead an expanded marketing department with a remit which now adds data, insight and analytics to brand management and customer marketing.

Previously, she held a number of senior marketing roles at companies including Unilever, AkzoNobel and British Airways, where she led the airline’s 'To Fly: To Serve' brand campaign.

She is a commercially and digitally savvy business leader with creative flair. She has a talent for crafting brands and driving profitable growth gained through working with both global ‘superbrands’ and local ‘jewels’ alike.
Jamie Brighton
Strategic Marketing Manager EMEA
ADOBE
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Jamie has worked in digital marketing for 15 years, and has experience client-side, agency-side and working for technology vendors in EMEA and South East Asia. He has been with Adobe for 9 years getting passionate about digital marketing optimisation with clients – helping them to get return on investment from personalisation, behavioural-targeting and cross-channel analytics programmes.
Matt Brittin
President, Google EMEA
GOOGLE
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Matt heads up Google’s business and operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa helping consumers and businesses make the most of the digital opportunity.

Joining Google in 2007 to help build its business in the UK, he became MD of Google UK two years later. In 2011, he was promoted to VP of Northern and Central Europe, before taking over as President in EMEA in 2014.

Matt is a non­executive director of Sainsbury’s, and a Trustee of charities The Climate Group and The Media Trust. Matt has had a long career in media and marketing, joining Google from the newspaper industry, where he led commercial and digital operations at the biggest UK publisher. He previously worked at management consultancy McKinsey.

Matt lives in London, near the Thames, with his wife, teenage sons and small dog.
Dan Brooke
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
CHANNEL 4
Ian Broom
CEO and Founder
FLIPLET
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Ian Broom is CEO at Fliplet. Fliplet is an app development platform with the goal of making enterprise apps easier and more cost effective for companies to build and maintain. Since its launch in 2013, some of the world’s leading brands including Marriott, Mars and Deloitte have used Fliplet to build and maintain their own enterprise apps.

Ian founded Weboo, the company that created Fliplet, in Australia in 2002 and opened the London office in 2009. Initially a digital agency undertaking web design projects, Weboo has attracted clients including Google, Cancer Research UK and Vodafone.

In parallel to Weboo Ian co-founded Launch48 in 2009. Launch48 is a series of events designed to help potential entrepreneurs create ideas, build products and form their own start-ups within 48 hours. After working with over 1,500 entrepreneurs at over 25 events he sold the company in 2012 but remains involved as a board member.
Christian Broughton
Editor
INDEPENDENT.CO.UK
Michael Brown
Managing Director
PSLIVE UK
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Michael has 15 years’ experience as an MD working across event marketing, PR and experiential.

Since 2013 he has been building new UK experiential agency – psLIVE, and has carved out a major foothold, with significant year on year growth in the very competitive experiential sector. This was achieved by trading on robust use of data and the amplification of the live experience in the digital/social space. Increasingly psLIVE is achieving its vision of putting experiential at the heart of a media plan and leveraging bought, owned and earned channels around content created from their live work. An enviable portfolio of award winning work includes adidas, British Airways, 20th Century Fox and Microsoft.

In his time Michael has flown a hot air balloon through Tower Bridge for Disney, hired a US Navy aircraft carrier to launch X Men, and painted a 200ft tall Homer Simpson in his pants next to the Cerne Abba chalk giant heritage site: The world's greatest PR stunt according to the BBC!
Alan Brydon
CEO
OUTSMART
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Karen Buchanan
CEO
PUBLICIS LONDON
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Karen was appointed CEO of Publicis London in 2011. During this time she has focused on delivering new kinds of thinking and creativity, utilising the diverse range of talent and skill sets now present in the agency. This has led to the launch of the ground breaking Depaul Box Company, Brian the Robot for Confused.com, as well as work across clients as varied as Renault, P&G;, Beefeater, UBS and Nescafé.
Prior to joining Publicis London, Karen was Managing Director of The Red Brick Road, where she also spent five years running all aspects of the UK Tesco business. Before that Karen spent 15 years at DDB where she gained extensive food sector experience working across the Knorr portfolio of brands and rose to become part of the management team. Here she oversaw many creatively awarded and IPA Effectiveness winning campaigns for famous brands including Marmite, Channel 4 and Hovis. Karen is currently Chairman of the IPA Value of Creativity Group and a proud member of WACL.
Jerry Buhlmann
CEO
DENTSU AEGIS NETWORK
Sacha Bunatyan
Global Marketing Director
FINANCIAL TIMES
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Sacha has built her 18-year career exclusively within the world of digital innovations, working at the Financial Times, Emap, AOL, and now Amnet. Sacha is passionate about growing businesses by driving technological innovation and building successful teams that are high-skilled at navigating the ever-changing world of digital advertising.

At Amnet Sacha has overseen the roll-out of programmatic buying for majority of Aegis clients and across the web, mobile, social and video, ensuring the right technology solutions are engaged and used to their full potential.

She is an inaugural member of the Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG), driving trading principles that reflect the standards and requirements of Aegis clients across the industry.

Originally from Kiev, Sacha lives in London with her husband and 2 year old twin boys. Sacha possesses an MBA from London Business School.
Dave Buonaguidi
Chief Creative Officer
CP+B LONDON
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Dave started in advertising in the mid 80’s.

Working at a variety of agencies, was employee number 6 at HHCL before founding St.Luke’s in the 90’s, the worlds first advertising co-operative.

He then worked client-side as creative director at Channel4 laying the egg that became 4 Creative.

He founded Karmarama in 2000. And resigned in July 2014 to do something new. In 2015 he joined Crispin Porter + Bogusky as the agency's London Chief Creative Officer.

Dave’s got 4 motorcycles. 1 wife. 1 lizard called Gary, 2 kids. 2 cats. 1 dog, 5 guns and used to play cricket for Italy.
Tim Burge
Associate Director
JOIN THE DOTS
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Tim has over 10 years experience in research in both the UK and Australia where he spent 5 years. He has worked both clientside and agency side, specialising in Qualitative research. Tim has a keen interest in brand strategy and comms development.
Patrick Burgoyne
Editor
CREATIVE REVIEW
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Patrick Burgoyne has been the editor of Creative Review magazine since 1999. Before joining the magazine (as Staff Writer) he worked in marketing, first for the Body Shop and later for the University of Westminster, whilst also moonlighting as a writer for magazines such as The Big Issue. He is also the author of several books on design and visual culture and has written for many publications, including The Guardian, The Independent, Scotland on Sunday, Arena and La Repubblica.
Kate Burns
BuzzFeed General Manager, Europe
BUZZFEED
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Kate Burns is the General Manager for Europe, responsible for developing and scaling business and growth for BuzzFeed across the region. Kate is a well-respected internet advertising veteran and was the first international hire at Google as Director, UK Ireland and Benelux.
Prior to BuzzFeed, Kate was Vice President & Managing Director, 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, frequently speaking on digital and social advertising future trends. Kate is also a keen horsewoman (show jumping) and regularly competes at national level.
Justin Byam Shaw
Chairman
ESI MEDIA