About WACL

The history of WACL

Women in Advertising and Communications, London (WACL) has been in existence since 1923. It currently consists of 265 of the most senior women from the fields of advertising and communications, marketing, media and associated trade bodies. Current members include Dame Carolyn McCall CEO of ITV, Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA Facebook and Dame Cilla Snowball, Retired Group CEO & Group Chairman AMV BBDO, among others.

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Past Presidents

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WACL Talent Awards

The WACL Talent Award (previously known as the Future Leaders Award) is a grant scheme for emerging future female leaders working in media, marketing, advertising and communications. It’s awarded by WACL in partnership with NABS.

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NABS

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WACL Gather

WACL’s sell-out annual conference

WACL’s Gather 2019 conference came to London’s Kings Place this year with a typically eclectic mixture of sessions: provocative keynote speakers, training, live music, panel discussions and speed mentoring sparked by the theme of Changemakers.
Gather 2020 is on May 21 next year at Kings Place.

About Gather

Spokespeople

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Members List

Full Members

Alessandra Bellini

Tesco PLC
Chief Customer Officer

Alex Goat

Livity
CEO

Alex Mahon

Channel 4
Chief Executive

Ali Bucknall

Ali Bucknall Planning and Research

Ali Hanan


Aline Santos

Unilever
Global EVP of Marketing and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Alison Hoad


Chief Strategy Officer

Alison Jones

Co-op
Customer Director

Alison Lomax

Google
Director, Lifestyle Retail

Amanda Farmer

VMLY&R UK
Managing Director

Amanda Farmer

VMLY&R UK
Managing Director

Amanda Metcalfe

The Crown Estate
Place, Brand & Marketing Lead

Amanda Rendle

Various - Tesco Bank, The British Buisness Bank
Portfolio NED -various

Amelia Torode

Independent
Founder, The Fawnbrake Collective

Andria Vidler

Centaur Media Plc
CEO

Ann Francke

CMI (Chartered Management Institute)
Chief Executive

Anna Hickey

Wavemaker UK
Chief Operating Officer

Anna Jones

The Allbright Group Ltd
Co Founder

Annette King

Publicis Groupe UK
CEO

Avril Gallagher


Consultant

Becky Brock

John Lewis
Marketing Director

Belinda Rowe

O2 / Telefonica
Director, Brand & Marcoms

Bella Vuillermoz

Sky
Director of Advertising Partners

Caitlin Ryan

Facebook
Regional Creative Director EMEA

Camilla Harrisson

Anomaly
CEO & Partner

Carol Reay

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Chair

Caroline Foster Kenny

MBWW
CEO. EMEA

Caroline Marshall

Caroline Marshall & Partners
Founder

Cat Davis


Chief Marketing Officer - Freelance / Consultant

Catherine Becker


CEO, Investor, Founder

Chaka Sobhani

Leo Burnett
Chief Creative Officer

Charlie Parkin

Conker
Associate

Charlotte Oades


Portfolio Non-Executive Director

Cheryl Giovannoni

The Girls Schools Trust
CEO

Cindy Yendell

Leonardo Advisory
Founding Partner

Claire Beale

Campaign
Global Editor In Chief

Claire Enders

Enders Analysis
Founder

Claire Hilton

Virgin
Global Brand and People Experience Director

Claire Sadler

Direct Line - Business
Marketing Director

Claire Valoti

Snap Inc
VP, International

Claudine Collins

MediaCom
Chief Client Officer

Daryl Fielding

Various
CEO of The Marketing Academy Foundation

Davina Barker

Digital Cinema Media
Sales Director

Dawn Paine

The Extraordinary Club
Co-Founder -

Debbie Klein

Sky
Group Chief Marketing and Corporate Affairs Officer

Debbie Morrison

Ebiquity
UK Managing Director

Deborah Mattinson

Britain Thinks
Director

Deborah Parkes

Bish Bosh Bash
Founder Partner

Diana Tickell

NABS
Chief Executive, NABS

Donna Birkett Baida

The Walt Disney Company
Vice President Marketing, Media Networks, Europe & Africa

Elizabeth Fagan

Boots
Chair, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

Ella Dolphin

The Stylist Group
CEO

Emily Somers

Emily Somers Ltd
Marketing and Communications Consultant

Emma Isaac

NatWest Group (formerly RBS)
Brand Marketing Director

Emma Sergeant

DAS Group of Companies
President Europe

Fiona Parashar

Leadership Coaching Ltd
Director

Fiona Stewart

Hamptons International
Head of Marketing & PR

Frances Ralston-Good

Hearts&Science
Chief Executive Officer

Francesca Ecsery

Various
Portfolio Non-Executive Director

Gayle Noah

L'Oreal
Media Director

Gemma Atkinson

Active International
COO - International Division

Gemma Greaves

Nurture and Partners
Co-Founder

Gill Huber

MKTG and PSI
Chief Client Officer Posterscope

Gill Whitehead

Informa plc, Camelot, Oxford Internet Institute
NED

Hannah Matthews

Karmarama
Managing Partner

Heather Alderson

Adam&eveDDB
Global Planning Partner

Helen Calcraft

Lucky Generals
Founding Partner

Helen Normoyle

Boots UK & ROI
Marketing Director

Helen Stevenson

Reach PLC, St Ives PLC and Skipton Building Society
Non Executive Director

Helen Warren-Piper

Mars Pet Nutrition UK
General Manager

Helen Weisinger

Tag & Weiser Works
Chief Marketing Officer, Tag EMEA & Co-Founder, Weiser Works

Ita Murphy

SYZYGY
CEO

Jackie Stevenson

The Brooklyn Brothers
Founding Partner & CEO

Jan Gooding

Executive Coach, Non-executive Chair, Columnist

Jane Asscher

23red
Founding Partner & Chief Executive

Jane Frost CBE

MRS
CEO

Jane Lingham

BBC
Brand Director

Jane McNeill

IAB UK
COO

Jane Ratcliffe

MediaCom
VP EMEA and Chair of MediaCom Sport & Entertainment and KR MediaCom

Jane Wakely

MARS Global chocolate
CMO

Jane Wolfson

Hearst UK
Chief Commercial Officer

Janet Hull OBE

IPA
IPA Director of Marketing Strategy and Chair AA/DIT Promote UK

Jayne Barr

Creative Consulting
Head of Brand & Creative, Middlesex University;

Jennelle Tilling

Marketing With Insight
Non-Executive Board Director and Board Advisor

Jenny Varley

HSBC
Global Head of Digital Communications

Jessica Burley

M/SIX Agency
CEO

Jo Arden

MullenLowe London
Chief Strategy Officer

Jo Bacon

Reach plc
Chief Marketing Officer & Director of Invention

Jo Blundell

Big Green Door
CEO (Acting)

Jo Coombs

Publicis Groupe UK
Chief Operating Officer

Jo Hagger Royce

Brilliant & Different Ltd
Digital specialist, advisor, consultant, coach

Jo Kenrick

Welsh Water
Non Executive Director/Chair

Joanne Parker

Chime
COO

Jodie Fullagar

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment
Managing Director

Judy Mitchem

JCM Consulting
Director

Juliet Simpson

Stripe Communications
Founder & CEO

Justine Roberts CBE

Mumsnet & Gransnet
CEO and Founder

Karen Blackett OBE

WPP
UK Country Manager, WPP + Chairwoman, UK+ Ireland, MediaCom

Karen Buchanan

McCann Manchester
CEO

Karen Flavard-Jones

L'Oreal
General Manager

Karen Fraser MBE

Weiser Works
Co-founder

Karen Martin

BBH
CEO

Karen Stacey

Digital Cinema Media
CEO

Karina Wilsher

Anomaly
Partner, Global CEO

Kate Stanners

Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide
Chairwoman & Global Chief Creative Officer

Kate Waters

ITV
Director of Client Strategy and Planning

Kathleen Saxton

The Lighthouse Company
CEO/Founder

Kathryn Jacob OBE

Pearl & Dean Cinemas Ltd
Chief Executive

Katie Lee

Lucky Generals
CEO

Katrina Lowes

Vodafone Global Enterprise
Head of Marketing

Kerris Bright

BBC
Chief Customer Officer

Kerry Chilvers

Direct Line Group
Brands Director

Kerry Glazer

AAR
Chair

Larissa Joy

Chair and NED
Chairman, The Foundling Museum; Non-Executive Director, Saxton Bampfylde; Non-Executive Director L&Q Group; Non-Executive Director, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Larissa Vince

Now
CEO

Laura Jordan Bambach

Grey
Founder/Chief Creative Officer

Leigh Thomas

Facebook
Director. Global Categories and Clients

Lesley Exley

Exley Hervey Ltd
Chief Executive

Linda Smith

NED/Consultant
Independent

Lindsay Pattison

WPP
Chief Client Officer

Lindsey Clay

Thinkbox
CEO

Lisa Thomas

Virgin Management
Chief Brand Officer

Liz Jones

Conker
Founder

Liz Wilson

Karmarama
Chief Operating Officer

Lori Meakin

jointlondon.com
Founder

Louise Ainsworth

Kantar Media
CEO, EMEA

Louise Johnson

Fuse
CEO

Lucy Jameson

Uncommon Creative Studio Limited
Founder Uncommon

Margaret Johnson OBE

Leagas Delaney
Group CEO

Marie Oldham

VCCP Media
Chief Strategy Officer

Mary Say

Brand Potential
Founder & CEO

Mel Edwards

Wunderman
Global CEO

Mel Exon

Writer / Trustee
CEO

Michelle McEttrick

Tesco
Group Brand Director

Michelle Whelan

Geometry

Nadine Young

Starcom
CEO

Nadya Powell

Utopia
Co-Founder

Natalie Cummins


CEO

Natasha Murray

The Guardian News and Media
Director of Client Leadership and Vertical Sales

Nicki Hare

Taking a career break

Nicky Bullard

MRM McCann
Chairwoman/CCO

Nicola Mendelsohn

Facebook
VP EMEA

Nicole Lonsdale

Kinetic

Nikki Crumpton

The Active Strategist / Eve Sleep
Brand storydesign consultancy / NED

Nina Jasinski

Ogilvy UK
Chief Marketing Officer

Nishma Robb

Google
Marketing Director

Penny Herriman

Pentland Brands
Chief Marketing Officer

Philippa Brown

UK
CEO

Philippa Snare

The Trade Desk
SVP EMEA

Pip Hulbert

Wunderman Thompson UK
Chief Executive Officer

Pippa Glucklich

Dentsu Aegis
CEO, Amplifi UK

Rachel Barnes

M&C Saatchi
Communications Director

Rachel Bristow

BskyB
Director of Partnerships - Sky UK

Rachel Forde

UM UK
CEO

Rania Robinson

Quiet Storm
CEO and Partner

Reemah Sakaan

ITV PLC
Director of Marketing & Media- ITV Network

Rita Clifton CBE

BrandCap
Portfolio Director and Chairman

Roisin Donnelly

Portfolio
Non Executive Director

Rudi Symons

My own consultancy
Culture and Inclusion Specialist

Ruth Mortimer

Advertising Week
Managing director, global education & development

Sally Weavers

Craft Media London
Founder

Sam Phillips

UK
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer with CMO background - taking a break

Sara Bennison

Nationwide Building Society
Chief Product & Marketing Officer

Sara Tate

TBWA
CEO

Sarah Ellis

Amazing If
Co-Founder

Sarah Golding

The&Partnership UK
CEO and Partner

Sarah Jenkins

Saatchi & Saatchi
Managing DIrector

Sarah Parkes

Global
Partnerships Director

Sarah Speake

Speake Up Ltd
Founder

Satin Reid

MediaCom

Shelley Macintyre


Sheryl Marjoram

McCann London
CEO

Sophie Devonshire

The Marketing Society
CEO

Sophie Maunder

VCCP Ignite
CEO

Su-Mei Thompson

Media Trust
Chief Executive

Sue Frogley

Publicis Media UK
Chief Executive Officer

Suki Thompson

Oystercatchers
Executive Director Xeim, Chair Oystercatchers

Syl Saller

DIAGEO
Chief Marketing Officer

Tammy Einav

adamandeveDDB
CEO

Tanya Joseph

Tanya Joseph Consulting
Founder and director

Tove Okunniwa

London Sport
CEO

Tracy De Groose

Newsworks
Executive Chair

Vanella Jackson

Hall & Partners
Global CEO

Vanessa Clifford

Newsworks
CEO, Consultant, NED

Verica Djurdjevic

Channel 4
Chief Revenue Officer

Vicki Maguire


Executive Creative Director

Vicky Bullen

Coley Porter Bell
CEO

Victoria Fox

AAR
CEO

Yvonne Adam

Young's Seafood Ltd
Marketing Director

Zoe Clapp

Google
Director, YouTube Marketing UK & YouTube Originals EMEA

Zoe Harris

Go Compare
Chief Marketing Director

Zoe Howorth

Water Babies International
Board Director

Associate Members

Aileen Taylor


Now Retired & Consulting Occasionally

Ali Large

Let's Talk FRESH Ltd
Managing Director

Alicja Lesniak


Amanda Walsh

Artdirectyourlife
Managing Partner

Ann Murray Chatterton


Anne Nash


Annick Devillard

The Rooster Ltd
Director

Annie Rickard


Barbara Nokes


Creative Advertising Consultant

Breffni Walsh

BrandsAreBest Ltd
Consultant

Bridget Hall


Carol Fisher


Carole Butler


Caroline McDevitt

Sun Tzu Associates
Management Consultant

Caryl Harris

Caryl Harris Associates
Managing Director

Christine Walker

Walker Media
Ex - Chairman

Dame Dianne Thompson


Denise Larkin


Diana Kelsey

Discover-London-on-foot.com
Consultant

Elizabeth Bloom


Elizabeth Kershaw

Women Interest Group
Executive Group Publishing Director

Jackie Boulter


Jackie Newcombe

Dalmore Communications
Founder

Jessica Elliott


Jo Grummitt


Advertising & Marketing Consultant

Jo Smith


Independent Consultant and Founding Member 7after6

Joan Rembridge


Kate Marber


Consultant

Kathryn Michael


Kathy Jones


Retired

Linda Grant

Goldpollen
Non-Executive Chairman & Board Advisor, Founder Goldpollen Strategy & Leadership Consulting

Liz Nelson

Archive of Market and Social Research
Chairman

Lorna Hudson (Winstanley)


M T Rainey OBE


Deputy Chair, Channel4

Maggie Stevens


Marilyn Baxter


Retired

Marion Pitman


Mary Stow


Merry Baskin

Baskin Shark
Planning Consultant

Merville Spiers

Rhetoric

Miranda Kennett

The Kennett Consultancy
Founder

Muriel Kaye


Pamela Dimmock


Pat Doherty

Creative Counsel
Founder

Patricia Morrison


Special Projects Director Freelance

Ros Todd


Sally Cartwright

ABC
Chairman

Sharon Baylay

Various Publicly Listed and Private Companies
Non-Executive Chair and Non-Executive Director

Sue Farr

Chime Communications ltd
Special Advisor

Sue Green

The Virgo Consultancy
Consultant

Susan Peters


Consultant

Tara Macleod

The Commonland
Director

Zoe Morgan


Non-Executive Director

Zoë Osmond

LeMay Consulting
Director

Honorary Members

Dame Carolyn McCall

ITV plc
CEO

Dame Cilla Snowball


Portfolio Director

Joan Barrell


Judith Salinson


Lyndy Payne CBE


Stevie Spring CBE

The British Council
Chairman

Tess Alps

Thinkbox
Chair

International Members

Gayle Tait

Google
Director of Global retail partnerships, Google Play

Ida Rezvani

Ogilvy
WPP Global Client Leader, Team IHG

Lee Leggett

Consulting in 2017/18 to: Publicis Groupe, Havas, We Are Social and WPP

Ros King

Publicis Groupe
EVP Global Clients

Tamara Ingram

J. Walter Thompson Company
CEO, Worldwide

WACL Support Team

Iman Fadaei


James Whayman

WildPress
Director

Jill Schnura

WACL Ltd
Financial Administrator

Mihai Gheorghe

MihaiCode.com
Web Administrator

WildPress

WildPress
Web Developer