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Core disciplines: Advertising/Creative, Brand strategy, Influencer marketing, Integrated marketing

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Key people

Neil  Simpson
Neil Simpson
Founding Partner

Neil has worked both agency and client-side, starting as an account manager at Ogilvy & Mather and BBH, before moving across to Coca Cola, adidas and then Vodafone.

During his ‘client sabbatical’, Neil oversaw the Eat Football, Sleep Football, Drink Coca Cola campaign, relaunched the iconic glass Coke bottle, built a marketing department of 100+ people at adidas, won International Advertiser Of The Year at the Clio’s, and transformed Vodafone from a disparate local culture into a unified brand structure, helping them become the UK’s most valuable brand.

In 2007, Neil re-joined agency life as CEO of Publicis London. The agency topped the new business league in 2009, won multiple creative awards, and delivered record profitability and revenue growth in 2010.

Campaign magazine said “his promise to turn Publicis around has been realised, the agency has improved considerably under his able leadership”.

Tom Ewart
Tom Ewart
Founding Partner

Tom started his career at AMV BBDO in 1998, as an Art Director, working with Mars, BT, Guinness, Pepsi, Volvo, The Economist, COI. He was responsible for the critically-acclaimed 'Roof jumper' commercial for BBC One and, at 23, was the youngest-ever employee to be promoted to the board.

He left in 2003 to join start-up Campbell Doyle Dye as a Creative Director, where, amongst other things, he worked closely with Playstation Home, pioneering the creation of virtual-world brand content for Audi, Snickers and Red Bull.

Tom joined Publicis London in 2008 as Executive Creative Director, with a remit to modernise the creative department and transform it’s output. He championed a more collaborative, modern ethos, introducing designers, coders, game developers, interactive producers and comms planners to the creative process.

During this time Publicis London topped the New Business League, and was shortlisted for Campaign's Agency of the Year.

They also won over 180 UK and International creative awards, including two Grand Prix and 25 Golds, and in 2011 Publicis London was the most awarded creative agency in the world at Eurobest and the only UK agency to win a Titanium at Cannes.

Neil Hourston
Neil Hourston
Founding Partner

Neil started his career in qualitative research, before moving into advertising in 1995 as a planner at Grey, then TBWA London where he was Chief Strategy Officer.

During his time there Neil worked with Sony PlayStation, News International, Nissan, Apple and Muller, and helped the agency to win at both the APG and IPA planning awards.

Neil moved back to Grey London in 2007 as Chief Strategy Officer EMEA, where he championed a more open, collaborative culture and transformed the agencies success. While at Grey Neil led and won new business pitches for Sony, GSK, Vodafone, Allianz, the British Heart Foundation and Honda.

The agency achieved +25% revenue growth in both 2009 and 2010 and won more awards than any other agency at the IPA awards.

Graham Stewart
Graham Stewart
Founding Partner

Graham has held financial and commercial positions in the communications industry for over 25 years.

Most recently, Graham has been CFO for Starcom / MediaVest EMEA, where he was responsible for 21 markets, overseeing acquisitions, management changes and ongoing support, then Group COO for Publicis in London, responsible for five companies covering advertising, direct communication, digital communications, publishing and production.

In 2009 Graham joined advertising agency (Beta) as Commercial Director, helping build it from scratch to a company with £3m of fee revenue.

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