As Group Business Director, I currently run WCRS’s Unilever portfolio as well as the Churchill and Privilege insurance accounts.
Highlights so far on Unilever include the global relaunch of the Radox brand that included a TV ad whose performance against all measures has been outstanding…..
….and also the Radettes, the brand’s very own all-singing, all-dancing band of ingredients who bring facebook posts to life. Check out the facebook app here.
Working on Churchill I have delivered and optimised the consistently popular Churchill dog campaign working with Martin Clunes and Dawn French….
….as well as developing the Churchill dog from an irritating brand mascot into a much-loved social media character who recently beat Spiderman in a successful Guinness World Record attempt to gain the most signatures on a birthday card.
I have also played an instrumental role in initiating an Innovation Programme within parent group Engine, with a remit to grow and flex the company’s innovation skills.
I currently work four days at WCRS and use the fifth day to fulfil non-exec and other extra-curricular responsibilities/interests.
In 2010, a shared passion for our country and its communities led to a discussion with the Big Society Network. At that time they were incubating an idea called Your Square Mile with a vision of a UK in which more people do more things in their community more often. In early 2011 I joined Your Square Mile Ltd. (now an independent company limited by guarantee) as Managing Director leading a core team, running the business day-to-day, liaising regularly with cabinet ministers, funders, corporate partners as well as hundreds of individuals across the UK.
The project consisted of three key strands:
1. A series of 16 pilots in communities across the UK that brought together engaged and disengaged residents to talk about the changes that they would like to see happen in the places that they call home. They came up with ideas and nominated project leaders. My team and I then worked with these communities to turn those projects into realities. You can watch this video to see one of the pilot workshops and you can access all 16 here.
The following video showcases some of those projects, how they evolved and the role that we played.
2. I led the development of a one-stop website full of really useful things for anyone who wants to, or thinks they might want to, do things in their community. You can view it here.
3. I have constituted and built a business model for the world’s first (as far as I know) Citizen’s Mutual. This is effectively a buying club for people who want to do stuff in their community. The forecasted membership base has been used to negotiate best-in-market value on products and services relevant to our members; such as public liability insurance at a fraction of the price of the nearest equivalent product. You can find out more about the Mutual here.
Your Square Mile is a project that I feel very passionate towards and I continue to support it in my role as an unpaid non-executive Director.
During the London Riots of August 2011, I set up a campaign called Let’s do something nice fo Ashraf. I was outraged by the video footage of a Malaysian student, a guest in our country, who was robbed as he lay bleeding in the street. I wanted to find a way to do something nice for him to a) cheer him up a bit and b) show the rest of the world that the UK was appalled by this. I set up a quick website with a poll on it asking visitors what nice thing could be done and I pushed it out through twitter and facebook. It started to get a bit of traction amongst friends and so I decided to put a PayPal button up to start raising funds so that something could actually be done. And then it went massive. Within a matter of hours #somethingniceforashraf was trending in London; I was being covered by various on and offline titles and I had been invited onto BBC Radio 5 and BBC’s One Show. By the Friday morning - two days after the campaign launched - £20,000 had been raised from thousands of supporters across the UK and around the world. I decided that that was enough to do something nice and there were other people/organisations who needed support so I closed the fundraising buttons. The final figure raised was £23,221 which was then donated to Ashraf at the Malaysian Embassy. In a very kind gesture he asked me to keep £5k to give to other victims of the riots.
For more information about the campaign just google somethingniceforashraf.
I joined Adam & Eve as a Consultant Business Director initially to deliver a brand relaunch for save the Children. This was led by a cinematic TV ad complimented by a high profile PR launch and then a TV programme called Born to Shine.
I also worked with the recently acquired YouView Client to develop comms plans and creative work for launch and I enjoyed pitching, successfully, for the massive Halifax account.
During my time at Adam & Eve we won both Marketing and Campaign Agency of the Year Awards. A unique success that I am very proud to have been a part of.
I left Beattie McGuinness Bungay to set up soak media a not-for-profit enterprise built on a similar model to the Metro newspaper. I give something away for free - cool bottles of water - to people who need it - London commuters during the summer - and sell space on that thing - the label - to advertisers. soak media was put together in partnership with the One Foundation so that all of its profits could fund play-pumps in Africa.
I was Group Account Director at Beattie McGuinness Bungay. I pitched for and won the following accounts: Christian Aid (the only new business won without partner involvement), Cobra Beer and Yorkshire Tea. I led the delivery of some of the agency’s signature work including the ground-breaking John Shuttleworth campaign for Yorkshire Tea. I led a strategic project to launch a new global single malt whisky brand - The Singleton - for Diageo and I also directed the npower account to maintain the brand’s reputation during a very difficult time for the energy provider category.
I am very proud to have been a part of the team that won Marketing magazine’s Agency of the Year 2008 award.
I took a long honeymoon after getting married in 2005. I spent part of it living and working in Sydney. I worked at Lavender*, a creatively-led direct marketing agency. It was a temporary position, I worked there for two months. This was the first time I had worked in a founder-led agency environment and I learned a lot, particularly in terms of how a strong set of values can energise and direct a business.
The highlight of my short time at Lavender* was a campaign for Fujitsu consulting. I am particularly proud of this work because it is based on a real consumer insight and succeeded in treating business audiences as human beings, something that B2B campaigns almost always fail to do.
I joined JWT London in 2000 as a Graduate Trainee and was a Board Account Director when I left the agency in 2007. During my time at JWT I gained valuable experience working with a broad range of Client organisations including: ntl:, Jaguar, Kit Kat, Persil, P&O Ferries, Playboy and Diageo. I also benefited from a six month secondment to Marketing Capital - a WPP marketing consultancy - which taught me a lot, at an early stage in my career, about the broader marketing picture.
Highlights from my time at JWT were the Smirnoff Sea TV commercial, winning the Playboy Fragrance brief (I forfeited a trip to The Mansion when I moved to BMB!), launching the UK’s first sex magazine for women and running a series of Master Class sessions with the likes of Greg Dyke, Piers Morgan, Paul & Christine Hamilton and Kelvin McKenzie.