David Wheldon and Siobhan Kenny recognised in New Year Honours List

Pair honoured alongside likes of Daniel Craig, Chris Whitty and Joanna Lumley.

David Wheldon OBE and Siobhan Kenny MBE
David Wheldon OBE and Siobhan Kenny MBE

Former adland and marketing chief David Wheldon has been made an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List, with ex-Radiocentre chief executive officer Siobhan Kenny made an MBE.

Wheldon was the chief marketing officer of Royal Bank of Scotland from 2015 until March 2020, when he retired. The role was then split in two, with Nigel Prideaux appointed as corporate affairs director and Marg Jobling as CMO.

He was also named president emeritus of the World Federation of Advertisers in 2021.

His career spanned 35 years in the industry. He joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 1983 as an account executive, attaining the post of group account director by 1988, and in 1989 was apppointed managing director of creative agency Lowe Howard Spink.

Other career highlights include his time on the brand-side at Coca-Cola, where he was vice-president and global director of advertising.

While chief executive of CIA UK and chairman of Tempus Partners, Wheldon led the team which won the Vodafone account in 1999. When WPP acquired Tempus in 2002, he became CEO of Team Vodafone at WPP and later moved to the brand itself, becoming global director of brand at Vodafone in 2004.

In 2012, he assumed the role of head of brand, representation and citizenship at the Barclays Group.

Kenny was made MBE for services to commercial radio and young people. She stepped down as CEO of Radiocentre in the summer of 2021, after seven years.

In the role, Kenny  was credited with coming up with a clear policy statement to unite the industry when talking to government and regulators, launching initiatives highlighting mental wellbeing and championing young talent.

She said: "I was totally surprised and completely delighted to receive this MBE.

"I loved every minute of my time in the radio industry, during a period of huge change and innovation and, of course, this award is for the amazing team at Radiocentre as much as for me. 

"Opening the industry up to a broader audience, especially young people, was a particular driver for me, which makes it all the more special that the citation mentions services to young people."

Kenny previously held communications roles in a range of blue-chip organisations from Downing Street to HarperCollins.

Julius Wolff-Ingham, head of marketing and fundraising at The Salvation Army, UK and Republic of Ireland, was also made an OBE for "services to charitable fundraising".

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