School Reports 2019: Meet the star players

Find out about adland's visionaries, rising stars and superheroes.

School Reports 2019: some of the star players
School Reports 2019: some of the star players

As part of Campaign’s School Reports, we asked agencies to highlight their star players. These are the visionaries, rising stars and superheroes of adland.

Click through the agencies to read their full report cards, including wins and losses, billings information and comments from Campaign global editor-in-chief Claire Beale.

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

Will Hooker, new-business account director

"Will has taken to new business like a duck to water. We love him!"

Adam & Eve/DDB

Ezat Ahmadi, dispatch controller

"Unfailingly helpful. Relentlessly cheerful. The self-effacing superhero who keeps our building ticking over like a Swiss watch."

AKQA

Yazminca Woodward, associate planning director

"Future industry leader, trusted partner to our clients, dedicated mentor to the next generation."

Amplify

Joe Brailsford, managing director, Seed

"Joe’s quickly grown into MD, engaging the love and loyalty of team and clients alike."

AnalogFolk

Morag Bruce, editor-in-chief

"Campaign x Creative Equals Future Leader, redefining creativity and editorial at AnalogFolk."

And Rising

Julie Herskin, creative

"Hilarious, rock-star creative. High five!"

Anomaly London

Camille Yin, design director

"Our acknowledged hero of the year for an outstanding performance whilst embodying the Anomaly values."

Atomic London

Charlie Berry, project manager

"Charlie has turned herself upside down and inside out this year and was instrumental in the production of Royal Opera House."

BETC London

Sue Patrick, EA and office manager

"Without her, we’d all have a lot less fun and be a lot more disorganised."

Blue 449

Lindsay Turner, managing director

"Rising through the ranks, Lindsay was promoted to MD this year and has excelled."

BMB

Hannah Bennett, receptionist

"Hannah embodies the best of BMB and bakes awesome themed cakes for client meetings."

Bountiful Cow

Lucy Markham, instrumentalist

"Shortlisted for Media Week’s rising star, Lucy’s work was the driving force behind the agency winning seven awards for Movember."

Brainlabs

Sophie Newton, chief operating officer

"Champion of workplace equality, collector of awards, and genius strategist."

Brothers and Sisters

Seb Roskell, head of project management and production

"Totally committed to his job and work."

Carat

Ellie Westbrook, insight executive

"Delivers the work of two people in half the time and keeps us all smiling."

Cheil London

Sandra Perriot, senior planner, retail specialist

"Sandra epitomises retail – hard-working, fast-thinking, innovative, digital/tech-first ideas."

Creature

Bex Pizzata, office wrangler

"Let’s just say we take a LOT of wrangling…

Crispin Porter & Bogusky London

Jamal Scarlett, front-of-house

"Funny. Friendly. Head of the family."

Digitas

Rafe Blandford, chief product officer

"One of the loveliest people you’ll meet. Equally adept across tech and strategy. A true unicorn."

Droga5 London

George Bowie, senior account manager

"So posh she has single-handedly dragged us up three tiers of the social strata."

Engine

Maggie Clynshaw, head of post room

"Longest-serving member of staff – getting people their post on time for nearly 40 years!"

FCB Inferno

Trudy Hardingham, operations director

"Trudy is the real backbone and the unsung hero of the agency."

Fold7

Molly, third office puppy

"You don’t want to get on the wrong side of Molly."

Geometry Global UK

Debbie Ellison, head of digital commerce

"Extraordinary, innovative champion, who delivers brilliant creative, tech and solutions."

George & Dragon

Oli Mather, account director

"Oli steps up for the agency, and kneels before his future wife."

Goodstuff Communications

Sara Donovan, head of people engagement

"Sara is the closest you’ll get to rock ’n’ roll in HR. We love her."

Gravity Road

Prachi Virani, business director

"She never stops smiling. And she’s also brilliant, obvs."

Grey London

Katie Jackson and Jessica Tamsedge, joint heads of account leadership

"Ambitious, visionary, driven, forceful, commercial, reflective, brave, collaborative, influential and kind, with truly epic energy."

Havas Group Media

Nick Wright, managing director, Jump

"Leading energised content division (Jump) to produce noteworthy work including 'TGTCML' for O2 and 'Off the grid' for Emirates"

Havas Helia

Tim Waskett, senior data planner

"Twenty-six years of creating simple, highly creative, commercial data solutions, successfully meeting our clients' needs"

Havas London

Claire Petzal, account manager

"Key member of team DfE and our B Corp champion – it wouldn't have happened without her."

Hearts & Science

Simon Carr, executive head of planning

"The art & science of Hearts & Science. Considered, passionate, brilliant."

Initiative

Charlotte Eagland, head of insights and analytics

"Charlotte is instrumental in developing our product suite and injecting cultural insights into award-winning work."

iProspect

Elizabeth Darley, group planning director

"Libby embodies iProspects's core values, demonstrates exemplary digital knowlege and is an integral member of the agency."

Iris

Gabi Mostert, creative director

"For knocking it out of the park working on Samsung, a well-deserved promotion to creative director and being a true force of nature."

Isobel

Emily Powers, account manager

"Nothing's ever too much to ask. Everything has an upside. Life is wonderful. That's Emily."

Jack Morton

Caroline Wurfbain, senior vice-president, client services director

"Clients drive our business and Caroline drives our brilliant relationships with our awesome clients."

Joint

Neil Craddock, head of design

"Expert, collaborative and experienced, with a modern, fresh view of the world. Ideal Jointer."

Karmarama

Paul Older, group IT manager

"Where technology can be competitive advantage or embarassing downfall, Paul is our long-suffering rock."

Krow Communications

Sophie Ayers, executive assistant to founding partners

"Sees all, knows all, controls all and all with a smile. The boss."

Leagas Delaney

Pete Bell, creative director

"Ex-Burberry head designer creates visual worlds for brands that consumbers dream of and clients drool about."

Leith

Charlotte Morgan, senior account manager

"Charlotte blazed a trail in 2018. Tenacious, unflappable, sharp and a joy to work with."

Leo Burnett London

Siobhan Mulcahy, project manager

"Keeping everybody going during some big pitches this year – couldn't have done it without you."

Lida

Margaux Sloan, business director

"Simply a swan-like wonderwoman. Everyone should be more like Margaux."

Lucky Generals

Rakeem Russell, designer

"He delivered a spellbinding performance as 'Brandon' in our Amazon Super Bowl spot."

M&C Saatchi

Abbie-Allen Powell, senior account manager/account manager

"M&C Saatchi at is industrious, ambitious, audacious best."

MBA

Megan Hallinan, head of social and PR

"Social, smart, curious, expert, prolific and a hugely positive nurturing force for everyone at MBA."

McCann UK

Mariam Asmar, innovation director

"Global in outlook, generously collaborative and passionate in the pursuit of human-first strategies."

MediaCom UK

Mark Wallace, managing partner, head of systems planning

"Mark was fundamental in retaining the Sky account and is helping revolutionise MediaCom's planning approach."

Mindshare

Jula Ayling, head of research and insights

"Julia developed DX, our unique insight platform that allows us to align media with real decision-making."

Momentum Worldwide

Aaron Raybe, director of experiential and live events

"Passionate about people, product and profit, in that order."

Mother

Scott Anderson, nanny/creative

"Total star. And very, very funny."

Mr President

James Fricker, projects director

"Fricker is a hero. An operational guru. You name it, he works tirelessly to make it happen."

MRM McCann

Steve Garside, head of new business and marketing

"Steve's given up 12 months of passion, energy and downright hard graft. He's a cracker."

M/SIX

Laura Varnam, head of partnerships

"Laura is a partnerships powerhouse who embodies our values of pioneering, energetic and honest."

MullenLowe London

Jo Arden, chief strategy officer

"Huge impact made on NHS, BHF, Truth Project and many others. Tireless work, flawless thinking."

Now

Flora Rogers, PA to the partners

"Quite simply, nothing would happen without her."

Ogilvy

Claire Lawson, chief customer officer

"Uniting the best technology, processes and people to deliver integrated, customer-centricity in an unprecedented role."

Oliver

Ed Howarth, managing partner

"His client feedback is consistently brilliant and he's an integral part of our strategic growth."

OMD Group UK

Sarah Gale, head of insight, OMD UK, and Matthew Merrett, client business director, MG OMD

"Sarah has elevated our understanding of Britain and customer journeys though stellar insight." While "Matt leads MG OMD's powerhouse and award-winning regional team."

Pablo

Kirstin Ross-MacLeod, client services director

"Kirstin makes things happen. She has had the performance of three people this year."

PHD UK

Jo Battersby, Billie Collis and Leanne Phillipou, receptionists

"Our star players this year and every year."

Possible

Almost anonymous, chief cheerleader

"That moment when… someone backflips outside the pub, you scream support but it's captured on video."

Proximity London

Elspeth Hoskin, senior designer (chair of cultural committee, diversity & inclusion committee (DISCO) and pitch star)

"Elsie is the lifeblood of our agency. Star designer, diversity champion, cultural queen, cheerleader."

Quiet Storm

Alex Azis, producer

"In just over four years, Alex has gone from graduate trainee to leading flawless production on our biggest client in their biggest international market."

Rapp

Jamie Marks, account director

"The dependable legend who shone in the PokerStars pitch."

Red Brick Road

Lucy Perilli, executive assistant

"Runs our outreach programme with a local school, giving disadvantaged young people game-changing work experience."

Saatchi & Saatchi

Gerard Clark, technical director

"Can slice, dice and build content like no-one else. He’s our secret content weapon."

Spark Foundry

Shula Sinclair, global head of strategy

"Shula brings strategic excellence and boundless energy to both UK and global clients."

St Luke’s

Chloe London, head of moving image

"This year our moving image output grew substantially – Chloe stepped up and nailed it."

Starcom

Ben Dalton, client director

"Ben’s dedication and commitment to his clients and their brands is off the scale."

TBWA\London

Michelle Gilson, head of planning

"Smart, funny, brave. The perfect pirate."

The & Partnership London

Tracy Sullivan, executive assistant

"Loyal and smart, fierce and funny. Tracy simply runs the show."

The Brooklyn Brothers

Oreoluwa Ayoade, designer, Make it Up

"He continues to inspire, defining a new visual agenda for our clients and our agency."

The Gate

Georgina Best, creative producer

"George enables a lean team to be nimble but incredibly formidable."

The Specialist Works

Team Talent, in-house talent team

"For recruiting a whopping 60% of our brilliant people in the last 18 months."

The7stars

Chris Herbert, king of awards

"Successfully winning the agency’s first IPA gold and Marketing Society Excellence award for Suzuki."

TMW Unlimited

Lloyd Francis, head of motion

"Lloyd leads our in-house motion department – delivering amazing animation, VFX and film content for clients."

Tribal Worldwide London

Daisy Thurston-Gent, operations and resource manager

"A true Tribalite, Daisy is considerate, resourceful and relentlessly kind. We’d be lost without her."

TRO

Sandra Mardin, strategy director

"Sandra delivered inspiring insight-led strategy for one of our biggest wins this year."

UM UK

Billy Gall-Gray, facilities manager

"Growth means UM’s bursting at the seams. Yet Billy miraculously delivered our ScrUM collaboration area."

Uncommon Creative Studio

Shirley Watson, finance director

"Having a money Jedi like Shirley on hand, with 30 years experience running DDB, meant our start-up could actually focus on what matters, a phenomenal creative product."

VCCP

Harry Evans, senior account executive, VCCP Media

"VCCP’s newest singing sensation."

Vizeum

George Woodall, mascot

"If you know, you know."

VMLY&R London

Jennifer Kemp, chief of staff

"Jennifer makes our office go round. She is kind and always available."

We Are Social

Lisa Berardi, head of people and culture

"An experienced, resilient and calm pro – and the driver behind our diversity and wellbeing initiatives."

Who Wot Why

Marissa Jennings, head of operations

"Tenacious. Creative. Team player. Honest. Business leader. Need something doing? She’s already done it."

Wieden & Kennedy London

Vikki Kottler, head of creative services

"Vikki helps keep us all over it, all the time and has the best laugh in the agency."

Wunderman Thompson

Tyler Hendy, senior designer, Wunderman

"No matter the brief, he always pushes the boundaries to deliver best-in-class design."

Luke Thornton, account director, HSBC, J Walter Thompson

"Luke drove the fantastic HSBC UK campaign through. He sets the bar for creative work."

XYZ

The XYZ project management team

"Quite simply the most committed and talented team in the industry."

Zenith

Thiago Correa, head of social

"Thiago is a leading force in social, regularly pioneering new formats, betas and measurement tools."

Zone

Jennifer Crowley, senior account director

"Jennifer’s led the charge taking Zone’s capabilities into Cognizant clients, winning over colleagues and clients alike."

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