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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Rachel Forde
Rachel Forde
CEO, UM
DEI | Leadership | media | Representation | social inclusion
I'm an experienced media practitioner, spending over 20 years in the advertising world. I still relish finding new ways to modernise the fundamentals and apply them in a disruptive, dynamic way. I've worked across most sectors; from automotive and pharmaceutical, to entertainment, luxury and FMCG, each with its unique challenges but similar in their quest for innovation. I'm passionate about media and even more passionate about driving brands and nurturing talent. I'm also heavily involved in the wider industry through WACL, mentoring and regularly judging awards.
Marie Oldham
Marie Oldham
Exec Chair
Consumer trends | media
I have worked in media and full service advertising for the past 32 years. I joined VCCP in 2015 to develop the media offering within the VCCP partnership. I love being back in an integrated agency working on brands that form the fabric of British life. My passion is helping businesses grow by bringing consumers to life and identifying where to connect with them in media so that communications investment has the biggest impact on the business.
Rania Robinson
CEO, Quiet Storm
advertising | DEI | marketing | Representation
Rania is CEO of Quiet Storm and current President of WACL.She is a passionate exponent of empowering women in the workplace and a diversity champion. In 2020 she relaunched Create Not Hate, Quiet Storm's initiative to get under-represented young people into the creative industries by unlocking their creative potential to tackle social issues that they live with every day. Rania is an active participant in DEI initiatives, a regular commentator on BBC Radio and features in the IPA’s 2022 iList, was listed in Campaign’s Top 3 Trailblazers of 2021, is a member of the Alliance, and is on AdAge’s Leading Women list of 2021.
Dawn Paine
Dawn Paine
CEO and Co-founder, Aurora Agency
bravery | metaverse | social inclusion
Dawn is the Co-Founder and CEO of global creative experience agency Aurora – an agency designed for the metaverse generation. She was VP Marketing at Universal Pictures and UK Marketing Director at Nintendo UK. An active and regular commentator on the marketing industry, Dawn has published articles in The Drum, Campaign and Marketing Week and is a regular keynote speaker and panellist at leading global marketing and business events. She guest lectures on strategic marketing at the University of Liverpool. "
Gill Huber
Managing Partner, Oystercatchers
advertising | Leadership | media
Gill is the Managing Partner at Oystercatchers pitch consultancy. With 20 years experience in media, she is a frequent speaker on advertising and media.
Jo Royce
Jo Royce
Creativity | Inclusivity | Leadership | Resilience
A commercial & creative leader, with twenty years of managing, leading and coaching in the creative, media and tech industries. Jo's passion is for unlocking emotionally intelligent & successful leadership, building effective teams, and growing healthier organisations & business practice. Jo is a regular speaker and contributor for the IPA, Google Digital Transformation and Digital Academy, Bloom, Help for Heroes and Creative Equals
Pip Hulbert
Pip Hulbert
CEO, Wunderman Thompson
inclusive leaderhip | innovation | Leadership | Transformation | Wellbeing
Pip is the CEO of Wunderman Thompson U and Chair of the IPA Effectiveness Leadership Group and a member of the WPP Advisory Board for Women, Stella. Pip has been named in the Campaign A List, Pitch Fanzine’s Superwomen List, Creativepool’s Top 100 Influencers, Campaign’s Female Frontiers list and one of 50 women globally to be named as AdAge’s Leading Women for 2022.
Francesca Ecsery
Francesca Ecsery
NED Air France, F&C Investment Trust, CT Automotive, Haffner Energy, AIC
DEI | Future boardroom competencies | NED
Francesca is a Portfolio Non-Executive Director with expertise in Marketing and 30+ years’ experience in directing in both blue-chip companies and start-ups in the Digital / Retail / FMCG / Leisure Travel industries and works as a Mentor to several digital entrepreneurs and senior executives. Francesca is passionate about all matters relating to women in the workplace and gender equality.
Lesley Exley
Lesley Exley
Chief Executive; Exley Hervey Executive Search
Executive search | fundraising | NED | recruitment
A business leader with first class global brand marketing credentials. Deep knowledge of the luxury sector with experience across categories including accessories, apparel, footwear, high-end jewellery/watches and the arts. Exceptionally well connected at the highest level in global prestige brands and high quality cultural institutions. A compelling communicator who wins respect for proposals underpinned by sound commercial acumen
Sue Frogley, CEO Publicis Media UK
Sue Frogley
CEO, Publicis Media UK
advertising | flexible working | inclusive leaderhip | media
As CEO of Publicis Media UK, Sue leads 1800 people across its £1bn+ billings operation which includes media agencies Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith She is a passionate advocate of gender equality and has championed a number of initiatives to empower women in the workplace, including rolling out flexible working, which has resulted in a 50/50 board and women leading both Publicis Media's Starcom and Zenith as CEO. Sue has also committed to a range of broader diversity programmes and introduced a successful apprenticeship scheme in 2018 which has since welcomed over 100 truly diverse non-graduates into the business. Sue was named ‘CEO of the Year’ by Management Today in 2021, one of ‘Europe’s Leading Women’ by AdAge in 2021, and was named in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list in 2019 as one of ‘London’s Most Influential People’.
Lianre Robinson
Lianre Robinson
CEO, Codec
Culture and community | Inclusivity | Leadership | Team-building
Lianre is CEO at Codec, a cultural intelligence platform and a award-winning digital marketer, who is passionate about technology, culture, communities and their impact on brands. She is passionate about talent development, DE&I and increasing team happiness and performance.She is a proud mentor for the She Says ‘Who’s Your Momma’ program.
Karen Fraser MBE
Karen Fraser MBE
Chief Brand Officer, Ipsos
economic value of advertising | politics | public opinion | society
Karen Fraser MBE specialises in monitoring the political, cultural and societal trends that will impact a brand's future. She’s a regular speaker at industry events and has been interviewed on Radio 4 Today programme, Radio 5 Live, BBC online, The Economist, New Statesman, the FT. Her work has also featured on BBC 2's Newsnight. She has an incomparable track record in setting the agenda for the UK ad industry, having led industry think tank Credos for 10 years.
Louise Johnson, CEO Fuse, WACL speaker
Louise Johnson
CEO, Fuse
gender | Leadership | sport marketing | women's sport
Louise is CEO of Fuse, a leading sport and entertainment marketing agency within Omnicom Media Group. Louise has over 20 years’ experience in sport and entertainment marketing having worked both client and agency side, including Vodafone’s global portfolio which comprised of Ferrari F1, McLaren F1, Manchester United FC, David Beckham, and the UEFA Champions League, working across 100+ markets. Louise was named one of the Sports Leaders Under 40 class of 2018, on Ad Age’s Women to Watch Europe 2019, was highly commended in Management Today’s Inspiring Women in Business Awards 2020 and was included on the IPA inaugural 2020 iList of diversity and inclusion trailblazers. She has most recently been Highly Commended in the Change Maker Category for the 2022 Global Women in Marketing Awards. Louise is a Board Director for Omnicom Media Group UK, sits on Omnicom’s Diversity & Inclusivity Steering Committee and is a member of the purpose marketing organisation One Hundred.
Tracey de Groose, founder Brilliant Misfits
Tracey de Groose
Founder, Brilliant Misfits
Creativity | Leadership | Resilience | Wellbeing
I launched Brilliant Misfits in lockdown to support leadership in a creative economy. Armed with 30 years of experience across the creative industries, I work with innovators, creators and changemakers to unleash their creative talents and guide their journey to authentic and effective leadership. I have learnt more lessons from my failures and built resilience in my darkest times. I am able to incorporate insights as a reiki master into my coaching practice where energy and resilience are part of the challenge. I have been a speaker for schools for a number of years and advised WEF Global Futures Council on innovation and entrepreneurship 2014-2016.
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