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David Pattison

David Pattison


Non-executive director (COI); freelance research consultant



Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7399 7100


Elsley Court, 20-22 Great Titchfield Street, London, , W1W 8BE


25th June 1956



Career highlights

Masius, DDB, Grey, TBWA, John Ayling & Associates, WCRS, PHD, (IPA president,) ILG. In 34 years, there have been a lot. The highest highs mostly had something to do with Nick Horswell, Jonathan Durden and Tess Alps.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career


Best thing about your job

Being surrounded by smart people who make things happen.

Worst thing about your job

No matter how good a job you do, lack of client retention surety makes medium- to long-term planning very difficult.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Don't worry about it and it will happen.

If you could be anyone else in this business, who would it be?

Robert Senior (Fallon) – spiky, passionate, lots to do and the world at his feet.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Absolutely no idea.

Your USP?

Again, no idea.

What would you change about yourself?

Bigger feet.

Favourite media

The Times, Radio 2,

Favourite shop

Farlow's fly-fishing shop.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?


How many toilets do you own?


What can’t you live without (apart from family)?

My intuition.


The enormously respected PHD founder has had a great year, steering i-level to a deal with the private equity group EC1. His significant shareholding in the business meant a decent return for a year's work at the agency – good enough to raise a rare smile.

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