WACL members are frequent speakers on topics such as leadership, advertising, marketing, gender equality, resilience and diversity and inclusion. If you are a journalist or event organiser interested in contacting any of our members about a speaker engagement, please use the contact form linked to each profile.

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Kate Waters
Kate Waters
Director, Client Strategy and Planning, ITV
Creativity | gender equality | TV
Kate has 25 years experience of creating award winning ads for brands as diverse as BT, NatWest, the British Heart Foundation and Public Health England. As WACL President, she championed an agenda of 'leading for change', in particular, new models of leadership and flexible working. Kate is a frequent speaker/trainer for industry bodies including APG, IPA and the Advertising Association.
Carrie Timms
Carrie Timms
Director of Global Customer Marketing, Meta
advertising | DEI | social media
Carrie is the head of business marketing for Meta in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Her team of over 100 is responsible for marketing to companies that advertise on Meta’s platforms – from neighbourhood shops to startups to multinationals. Prior to this, Carrie was Vice President of Global Media, Categories and Partnerships at Unilever. "
Collette Philip
Collette Philip
Founder and Lead Strategist, Brand by Me
Anti-racism | Brand strategy | DEI
Collette Philip runs award-winning brand and strategy consultancy, Brand By Me. Brand by Me help organisations harness the power of brand strategy to embed anti-racism, drive equity and tackle injustice. Collette is also a celebrated writer and speaker having featured in Third Sector, Campaign, Forbes and on BBC Radio 4. Her business, Brand by Me was named a “Small Business of 2021” by Lloyds Bank and The Times.
Lizzie Shupak
Lizzie Shupak
Co-Founder and CEO, Curve
Creativity | innovation | Leadership | sustainability
Lizzie is Co-Founder and CEO of Curve, a creative leadership company working with senior leaders to create more humane organisations based on communication, collaboration and trust. Clients include Accenture, Publicis Groupe, the United Nations University, Bang & Olufsen and the Greater London Authority. She was previously Head of Innovation at Digitas, following an agency-side career between London and New York spanning brand, digital, creative strategy and service design. She's a former TEDx speaker and author of the Amazon best-selling book Closer Apart: Designing and Delivering Brilliant Workshops Online.
Melanie Chevalier
Melanie Chevalier
Creative Culture, Founder and CEO
Culture and community | Inclusivity
Melanie has built a career on challenging the status quo of internationalisation and traditional models to offer a much more effective and qualitative approach by bringing local cultures back to the fore to feed globally-led initiatives. A proud award winner of the 2021 Female Frontier’s Championing Change category, Melanie is an active champion of DEI "
Debra Sobel
Debra Sobel
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Verity London
Employee engagement | ESG | sustainability
Debra Sobel is an experienced strategic communications consultant and specialist in Sustainability, co-founding and leading her Strategy & Communications Agency for Responsible Business, since 2006. Debra and her team offer a unique combination of strategic advisory, high-impact communications and award-winning creative campaigns to help ambitions organisations authentically define their long term Responsible Business goals, tell their unique stories and drive positive change for people and planet.
Katie Traxton
Katie Traxton
Founder, Good Vibes Only Talent
Inclusivity | talent
Former sports and entertainment executive (Chief Communications Officer, Formula E; Managing Partner WeAreFearless), now founder of talent collective Good Vibes Only Talent. Passionate about inclusivity having campaigned in workplaces, industry and personally for over a decade.
Gemma Atkinson
Gemma Atkinson
Active International, Chief Operating Officer
Corporate culture | learning organisation
I am an experienced business leader and COO of an International Division covering 8 countries. I have responsibility and a passion for people, strategy and delivery. I am guided by a love of learning which has led to an MBA, Executive Coaching and accredited NLP Practitioner. I am a firm believer that great teams are build by great people, and if you have a strong culture you have a scalable business.
Helen Normoyle
Helen Normoyle
Co-founder My Menopause Centre
DEI | menopause | sustainability | womens health
Helen co-founded femtech start-up My Menopause Centre in 2021. Helen has held Chief Marketing Officer roles across the healthcare, beauty, broadcast, furniture and property sectors with Boots, the BBC, DFS and Countrywide respectively. Helen is also a NED of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c, where she chairs the Sustainable Business Advisory Committee, and Travelodge, where she is the Board point person for ESG.
Lori Meakin
Lori Meakin
Author, 'No more menemies'
gender equality | men and gender equality | Representation
Author, leader, strategist and mentor. 'No more menemies' is about building a more gender-equal world where men don’t feel like the enemy. I'm driven by understanding all kinds of people - what really matters to them, why they behave as they do and how they express and share ideas & identities in any medium and across any platform. Continuously exploring and learning, to create maximum value for clients' business and for the customers their brands serve.
Mel Exon
Mel Exon
Writer, Portfolio Non Exec Director
flexible working | gender equality | Leadership
I am a writer, Board Trustee and CEO with 25 years’ experience in the UK creative industries.I sit on the Advisory Board of The Writer and was appointed a Trustee of Literacy Pirates in 2021 and Media Trust in 2022, having been made a Trustee of Doteveryone, the responsible technology think tank founded by Martha Lane Fox, in 2019. Previously I was the Group CEO of Sunshine, the London & Los Angeles-based brand and entertainment company, and the Managing Director of the creative agency, BBH. My expertise lies in the leadership of creative companies; primarily by fostering strong, creative cultures where difference and change are sources of creativity and growth. I'm committed to creating equity and equality for all.
Hanisha Kotecha
Hanisha Kotecha
Chief Client Officer & Partner at Creature London
Authenticity | Corporate culture | Creativity | Representation
I've spent almost two decades driving business transformation, campaigns and results for clients including global brands, renowned charities, and disruptive social enterprises. Special interest subject for me are around representation, being who you say you are and finding a way to lead with creativity. Shortlisted for Future is Female awards 2022, Pitch 100 winner and some others I've forgotten!
Selma Nicholls
Selma Nicholls
Founder and Casting Director at Looks Like Me
Leadership | Representation
Selma is founder and Casting Director of Looks Like Me, which raises the profile of underrepresented people featured in mainstream content. Selma, also co-founded The So White Project – an initiative to reverse the lack of diversity in commercial photography. To date Looks Like Me has worked with businesses as diverse as LEGO, Nickelodeon, Tesco, George Asda, Dove, Google and Grammy award winning video Brown Skin Girl video by Beyonce. Selma is a board member of Punchdrunk Enrichment, creating transformational theatre for education, community, and family audiences.
Katie Lee
Katie Lee
Chief Operating Officer, Wavemaker UK
Authenticity | mental health
Katie is an experienced leader with a breadth of experience across a diverse range of advertising and media businesses. She is currently COO of Wavemaker. Before this, she was CEO of ad agency Lucky Generals and CEO of Clementine, a hypnotherapy app for women, where she scaled the business post-seed funding.Katie is a passionate advocate for diversity and focuses on creating open, inclusive and sustainable working environments. "
Nadya Powell
Nadya Powell
Co-founder, Utopia
Corporate culture | inclusive leaderhip | Thriving organisations
Nadya is co-founder and partner of award-winning, culture change business Utopia and also co-founded Millennial Mentoring - an initiative to link leaders with aspirational talent so they could benefit from diversity’s wisdom. The Great British Diversity Experiment - a social experiment to prove once and for all the link between creativity and diversity. And The So White Project - an initiative to reverse the lack of diversity in commercial photography. Nadya is a contributing author of Creative Superpowers and is also on the advisory board of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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