Richard EyreRichard Eyre CBE, Chairman

Richard Eyre's career began with 16 years in advertising, where he specialised in media planning and became the first Media Director of BBH.

He has been Chief Executive of three companies - Capital Radio plc, ITV and Pearson Television. And he was a founding director of RTL plc, the largest commercial broadcasting and content group in Europe. Since 2001 he has operated in non-executive roles, including time as a Director of the Guardian Media Group and Chairman of RDF Media, I-play, Rapid Mobile and the Eden Project.

He has also completed a number of advisory roles for the government and Ofcom. He is now Chairman of the IAB, and Next 15 plc. He is also a Director of Paywizard plc, Results International and a member of the Board of Grant Thornton.

He loves music and having founded and sold a radio station in Cornwall, he has founded an internet radio station ( from his shed. He also loves snow. He walked to the North Pole in 2004, and in 2013 he skied 225 kilometers to the South Pole as mentor for the British 'Walking with the Wounded' team.

In 2013, he was awarded The Mackintosh Medal, the highest award of Britain's marketing communications industry for 'outstanding personal and public service to advertising.' The medal has been awarded 38 times since 1951.

Richard was awarded a CBE for services to media and advertising in the Queen's 2014 New Year's Honours List.

Sarah DavisSarah Davis – Group Commercial Legal Director, Guardian Media Group plc & Company Secretary of Media Trust and Community Channel

Sarah started her Legal career as an “out door clerk” at Media law firm Stephens Innocent before qualifying at the same firm as a Solicitor in 1995.  After many enjoyable years working for clients in the Arts and media sectors Sarah left private practice to take up an in-house role as Legal Counsel at NDS Ltd before joining

Guardian News & Media Limited in 2000.  In 2006 Sarah became General Legal Director at GNM followed by a move to Group Commercial Legal Director for GMG plc in April 2010.

Sarah is a trustee of Poet in the City a charity committed to bringing poetry to new audiences, a Director of theatre company Border Crossings as well as a governor of University of East London.

Shirley WatsonShirley Watson – Honorary Treasurer & Chair of Finance and Audit Committee, Media Trust and Community Channel

After leaving university in 1977, Shirley joined one of the Big 5 accountancy firms (Ernst & Young) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After spending 7 years in audit in 984 she was poached by one of her clients and became Finance Director of a Marketing Consultancy Company. That company was bought by BMP Plc in 1986, and Shirley moved into the Group Company, where she stayed, until the acquisition of BMP by Omnicom in 1989.

She then spent 25 years at the Advertising Agency as Chief Financial Officer, currently known as adam&eveDDB and became the longest serving Omnicom Finance Director.

She retired in August 2014 and after taking some time off to travel she has started a consultancy company in order to share her financial expertise and Omnicom were quick to secure her services to help her mentor some of their younger Finance Directors. She is Fellow of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and served for 6 years on the IPA Finance Committee.

Andy DuncanAndy Duncan - CEO, Camelot UK Lotteries: Former Chief Executive, Channel 4

Andy Duncan was appointed as Channel 4's fifth Chief Executive in July 2004. Before departing Channel 4, he launched the Next on 4 strategic blueprint of the enhanced public service role Channel 4 aims to play in the fully digital media future.

During his time as Chief Executive, investment in programming and content grew to over £600 million annually and Channel 4 has also built the most successful free to air digital TV portfolio of any terrestrial broadcast group. Under his direction Channel 4 also pioneered a number of new digital services including becoming the first broadcaster in the world to launch a full video-on-demand service, 4oD. Digital expansion is continuing including the launch of the 4IP digital innovation fund.

Prior to joining Channel 4, Andy was a member of the main Board at the BBC, as Director of Marketing, Communications and Audience, overseeing the launch of digital TV and radio services and Freeview, which he also chaired for its first 2 years. Andy joined the BBC from Unilever where he worked for 17 years including as a Senior Global Executive in general management and marketing.

Andy served as Chairman of Media Trust between 2006-2014 and is National Chair of RTS Futures.

Matt BrittinMatt Brittin - Google, President, EMEA Business & Operations

Matt was appointed Vice President of Google for Northern and Central Europe in October 2011, he was previously Managing Director of Google in the UK & Ireland.

Google’s products are enjoyed by millions of people throughout the UK and help thousands of businesses succeed online.  Matt and his team aim to help UK consumers and businesses make the most of the internet.

Before joining Google at the start of 2007, Matt spent much of his career in media and marketing, with particular interests in strategy, commercial development and sales performance.  This included Commercial and Digital leadership roles in UK media.
Matt has an MBA from London Business School and an MA from Cambridge.

In 2008 New Media Age readers voted him the greatest individual contributor to New Media and in 2010 he was voted Wired magazine’s ‘Most Influential Person in the Digital World’. He rowed in several boat races for Cambridge and has won medals for Britain in the World Rowing Championships. Matt lives near the Thames with his wife and two energetic sons.

Rupert HowellRupert Howell - Trinity Mirror, Group Development Director

Rupert started in advertising at the Ogilvy Group in 1979 and after spells at Grey and Young & Rubicam, founded his own agency Howell Henry Chaldecott Lury in 1987. It was sold 10 years later to Chime Communications plc and was voted Agency of the Decade in 2000. Rupert became CEO of Chime and helped build it into the UK's largest independent communications group. In 2003, he left to join the world's largest advertising agency McCann Erickson as President EMEA and Chairman UK & Ireland Group. In 2007 he moved to ITV as Managing Director Brand and Commercial, with a seat on the plc Board.

Ian PearmanIan Pearman - CEO, AMV BBDO

A graduate of Clare College, Cambridge and the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School, Ian joined AMV BBDO as a trainee in 1996, and since then has worked on pretty much every one of the 88 brands that the agency works with. He joined the management team in 2005 and was made CEO in 2010.

Since taking the helm of the agency, AMV has become the most creatively and strategically awarded agency in the UK, won the inaugural global Grand Prix for Creative Effectiveness at the Cannes Advertising Festival, and was ranked as the 17th "Best Company to Work For" in The Sunday Times annual survey. In that survey, Ian was personally ranked as the 4th “Most Trusted” and the 6th “Most Inspiring” leader amongst all of the UK mid-size companies that entered the survey.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, Ian was one of 190 individuals nominated and honoured as a “Young Global Leader”. He will serve a five-year term working with the YGL Forum on a variety of projects.

He also serves as a trustee and Chairman of NABS, the advertising industry charity.

Jerry BuhlmannJerry Buhlmann - CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network

Jerry has over 25 years’ experience in the media and advertising industries. Jerry started his career at Young & Rubicam before moving to WCRS. In 1989 he founded BBJ, later renamed Vizeum, in the UK and built the agency business before it was acquired by Aegis Media in 1999. From 2000 to 2003 Jerry held the position of CEO of Carat International, responsible for the network's international clients. He was promoted in 2003 to the position of CEO Aegis Media EMEA until May 2008 when he was promoted again to the position of CEO Aegis Media taking global responsibility for the largest of the two divisions of Aegis Group plc, at the same time as being appointed as a PLC Board Director.  Jerry was appointed Chief Executive of Aegis Group plc in March 2010.

In 2010 Jerry, who lives in Surrey, England, oversaw the largest acquisition in Aegis Group history when Mitchell and Partners became part of Aegis Media and in 2011 he led the transformational disposal of Synovate, the market research company to Ipsos S.A for £528 million. This saw Aegis become the world’s leading focused media and digital communications specialist.   Following the acquisition of Aegis Group plc by Dentsu Inc. in 2013, Jerry was appointed CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network which covers all of Aegis Media and Dentsu operations outside of Japan.  In July 2013 Jerry became only the second non-Japanese Executive Officer of Dentsu Inc.

John RyleyJohn Ryley, Head of Sky News 

Unusually, John has worked for all of Britain's news broadcasters, the BBC, ITN, and Sky News, producing news and current affairs programming on public service, commercial and digital channels.

For the past nineteen years, he has helped to transform Sky News into a world class, multi-media news organization and is responsible for the news organisation's strategy, journalism, finances and people. The UK Press Gazette has described him as ‘the most talented news executive of his generation’. 

John has a track record of leading successful change, challenging convention and championing innovation. In 2009, he launched a successful campaign for Britain's first live televised Leaders’ Debates in the run-up to the UK General Election in 2010. The other broadcasters took up the campaign, which succeeded in galvanising the political engagement of the British public and significantly altered the way that General Election campaigns will be run from now on. He was recognised by the British television industry with Broadcast’s 'Individual Achievement Award'.

He has also driven Sky News’s big expansion into digital content for the web, mobile and tablet. He strongly believes digital technology offers a golden age for journalism in the 21st Century. He has worked on almost all of the major domestic and international stories of the past thirty years winning numerous awards including three BAFTAS.

Kamal Ahmed Kamal Ahmed, Economics Editor, BBC News

Kamal joined the BBC in 2014 as business editor and was promoted to the role of economics editor in December 2015, replacing Robert Peston. 

He previously spent four and a half years as business editor of the Sunday Telegraph's award-winning team, also helping to launch the Telegraph's annual festival of business for small and medium sized enterprises. Between 2007 and 2009, Kamal was Group Director, Communications, at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Prior to that, he worked at The Observer as head of news and earlier as the Sunday newspaper’s political editor. Kamal also worked at The Guardian, in roles including Royal Correspondent and Media Editor, and at Scotland on Sunday, where he was deputy news editor.

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