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About NABS Fast Forward

What is Fast Forward?

Fast Forward is NABS’ annual paid-for, flagship training programme. It was founded in 1999 by Jeremy Bullmore and has been educating, motivating and inspiring the industry’s future leaders for over twenty years.

Who should attend?

Participants  are from agencies, brands and media owners, typically with between one and five year’s experience. Companies can send several delegates.

What will delegates learn?

Our course is designed to equip the industry’s future leaders with the skills needed to practically understand and implement marketing communications including:

  • Working in pitch process conditions on a live brief, culminating in the presentation of a fully integrated communications plan to a panel of distinguished judges
  • A 360° communications perspective, with the chance to improve confidence, leadership skills, presentation techniques and much more
  • Gain a deeper understanding of a topical social issue. Every year we partner with a different charity
  • 27 hours of IPA accredited training time


When: 6 September-18 October, once a week, out of working hours.

Where: Delegates will attend scheduled virtual and in person sessions.

Cost:  £1199+VAT per delegate


I have a much greater understanding of how media & creative work together, from digesting a brief to execution. The course has really opened my eyes to different areas of the industry.

2021 delegate

More information

Course Outline

The 2022 course programme will be revealed soon.

Last year, the course featured some of our industry’s best known figures including, Trevor Robinson OBE, founder of Quiet Storm and Create Not Hate, Mark Runacus MBE, co-founder Wax/On and joint CEO of Outvertising, Rachel Peace, managing partner at Mediacom, Loz Horner, strategist at Lucky Generals and Natasher Beecher, associate creative director at Pollen, co-head of creative at Pocc and exec board director of Outvertising.

The Brief

Each year we work with an exciting and topical charity around a socially minded behavioural change brief; last year we worked with Centrepoint.


Each team is supported throughout by two senior industry mentors from across adland. The mentors guide and mentor the teams through the process, providing valuable experience and expertise.

The best people in the business get involved, even as a mentor I came away with lessons of my own. – Clive Baker, managing partner at Movement London

The Judges

On the penultimate evening you will pitch your strategic and creative solutions to a panel of distinguished judges. Last time our judges were Jo Arden (Course Chair), Nicola Kemp (Campaign), Ben Hawley and Andrew Brown (CALM), Diana Tickell (NABS) and Verica Djurdjevic (PHD).

2022 judges will be announced shortly.


Previous bookers include




The NABS Fast Forward programme is a fundamental part of adam&eveDDB’s Learning and Development programme. It offers a valuable, collaborative and enjoyable opportunity for those who are at the early stages of their career to gain knowledge, practical skills and insight, beyond what they would experience through their day-to-day work.


Feedback from our past delegates has been incredibly positive with attendees stating that the course requires dedication and commitment, resulting in an engaging and informative experience that is invaluable to their careers.

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