Michael has been immersed in the world of brand communications for over 25 years. He developed the first integrated offerings within the Havas and WPP Global networks, and then spearheaded the disciplines of Retail and Digital Marketing as WPP Regional Director, EMEA. He then took on the role of VP Global Brands for the world’s largest coffee company, JDE.
He has worked with major clients locally and globally, including Coca-Cola, Sara Lee, SAB Miller, P&G, GSK, Heineken and Carlsberg. Given his extensive background, Michael provides unique understanding and insight into the communication challenges facing agencies and client businesses alike.
FRANCO REDA | THE CREATIVE LAB
Franco has been at the forefront of branding, design and communications for over 25 years, working in some of the largest agency groups in the UK. These appointments saw him deliver a vast array of creative solutions for clients such as Coca-Cola, Swatch, P&G, British Airways, SAB Miller, Little Beer Company and Renault, in the process earning a number of prestigious awards.
He is the co-founder and Executive Creative Director of the Creative Lab, and is dedicated to to the growth and development of brands in the digital space.
GARETH DIMELOW | LIFTd
Formerly the Executive Director of Strategy and Planning at George P. Johnson, Gareth is the founder of LIFTd, a new strategic communications consultancy. Building on almost twenty years of experience, working with many of the world’s most recognisable brands, Gareth is now helping clients to engage their employees, unlock the DNA of their business, and build brands through the collaborative story-telling process. Used to bridging the gap between knowledge and creative expression, Gareth has developed insights and robust communication platforms for a wide variety of clients, ranging from BBC, Samsung and GSK, to IBM, Toyota and Zumba.
He is also a prolific blogger on popular culture, politics and technology, as well as a keen ‘early adopter’ of all things digital.
KEVIN JACKSON | EITM
Kevin has been an influential thought-leader with some of the world’s most respected marketing services groups, including Interpublic, Grey and Saatchi. Working with a vast range of brands, from Adidas to Zumba, he has explored every discipline within the marketing mix. Although this world has evolved over the last thirty years, his singular focus has remained unchanged. In short, he makes growth happen.
Cutting through the complexity and confusion that tends to inhibit business success, Kevin brings a rare perspective on every touchpoint between a brand and its most valuable audiences, as he targets his clients' strategic objectives, and finds creative ways to solve their problems. As a natural disruptor, industry visionary, and innovator, with an unrivalled track-record of success behind him, he has a passion for helping businesses to achieve their true growth potential.
KATIE OLDHAM | EITM
Content creator, editor and brand author, Katie’s journalistic background allows her to effortlessly identify that previously nameless magic at the heart of the business, and translate it into quotable little nuggets of gold.
With experience writing for some of the nation’s top magazines and blogs, Katie’s passion and enthusiasm for a great story comes through clearly in her words, combining a refreshing and exciting approach with a truly unique voice.
TIM JENKINS | WHEELSPINNER
Tim is a sales and procurement expert, with over ten years of experience, leading teams in multinational organisations across a range of industry sectors. His clear vision, innovative thinking and resourcefulness have been instrumental in driving increased revenues, robust processes and improved people retention for a host of blue chip clients.
He firmly believes in making integrity a cornerstone of effective negotiation, while also giving individuals the tools to make a real impact within their organisation and career.