The Advertising Association has announced the agenda and speaker line-up for its 8th annual LEAD summit – the only event in advertising to bring together leaders from the political, brand, media and agency sectors. LEAD will take place on 30 January 2019 at King’s Place in London.
Billed as the forum where politics meets advertising, LEAD will explore the key themes of public trust in the advertising, the importance of international trade for the UK ad industry and how the sector is undergoing a transformation for the future. Up to 300 leaders from across the advertising landscape are expected to attend and, with Brexit approaching, it has never been more crucial for industry to make its voice heard.
Renowned journalist and broadcaster Mary Nightingale will chair the day and highlights of the speaker list include:
- Baroness Fairhead CBE (Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Department for International Trade)
- Tom Watson MP (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
- Paul Bainsfair (DG, IPA)
- Karen Blackett OBE (Country Manager, WPP)
- Lindsey Clay (Chief Executive, Thinkbox)
- Evan Davis (Economist, Journalist, and Presenter)
- Mark Evans (Marketing Director, Direct Line)
- Ronan Harris (VP & MD UK & Ireland, Google)
- Steve Hatch (VP Northern Europe, Facebook)
- Dr Pippa Malmgren (Founder, H Robotics; Economist; Author; and former US Presidential Advisor)
- James Murphy (Chairman, Advertising Association and Founding Partner, adam&eveDDB)
- David Pemsel (Chief Executive, Guardian Media Group)
- Steve Richards (Political Columnist and Broadcaster)
- Keith Weed (President, Advertising Association and CMCO, Unilever)
Keith Weed, CMCO, Unilever & president of the Advertising Association said: “LEAD is a unique event where UK advertisers, business leaders and politicians come together as a united force to discuss the issues of the day and the future of advertising. By engaging and collaborating on the upcoming challenges and opportunities of the year ahead, we can collectively build trust and make a positive impact for the industry and society.”
Stephen Woodford, chief executive, Advertising Association, commented: “We are proud to announce a truly impressive range of speakers for LEAD 2019, representing a diverse and inspiring cross-section of experience from advertising, politics and the media.
“I am certain they will share invaluable insights into the present and future environment for the advertising industry as we tackle the opportunities and challenges of the changing political, economic and social landscape in 2019.”