Previous NABS Talks
NABS Talks are hosted by prestigious figures from throughout adland and beyond, see out list of previous speakers below.
11th September 2018: NABS Speed Mentoring
Our second London speed mentoring session of the year was kindly hosted by M&C Saatchi where we enjoyed a stimulating evening of mini-mentoring sessions with some of the biggest names in adland. From creative and media agencies to media owners and clients.
Mentors included: Tim Irwin (Essence), Larissa Vince (Saatchi and Saatchi), Davina Barker (Digital Cinema Media), Rachel Forde (UM), Julian Lloyd-Evans (Dennis), Adam Gilsenan (Future Publishing), Jacque O’Donnell (Teads), Gill Huber (Posterscope), Karen Martin (BBH), Janet Carpenter (Spring Studios) and more…
22nd May 2018: Creativity, or the science of knowing what logic is wrong about
Rory Sutherland joined us in Manchester, kindly hosted by McCann Manchester at the People’s History Museum for an incredibly successful NABS Talk where delegates learnt, in short, why nothing is quite as logical as we like to think – why 1 x 7 doesn’t equal 7 x 1; you’ll learn why sometimes the opposite of a good idea is also a good idea; and why your television is permanently hacking your brain – in a good way.
Rory is Vice Chairman, an attractively vague job title which has allowed him to co-found Ogilvychange, a behavioral science practice.
14th May 2018: The Black Dog in the room: what is the face of mental health in 2018?
For #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, Professor Tanya Byron join us to discuss what mental health and wellbeing are, how the brain works, how stress affects your brain, the difference between mind and brain, and not to mention some of these trickier questions and what they have to do with mental health.
Delegates walked away with tips on how to spot the signs of poor mental health in themselves and their colleagues, how to open up about your mental health in the workplace and how dealing with failure builds your resilience.
26th February 2018: NABS Speed Mentoring
Delegates took this opportunity to ask our mentors the questions that shape and define each of our careers: what is their career mantra? How do they define success? How do you know when to leave a job? Where do they get their confidence from?
Mentors included: Jason Dormieux (Wavemaker), Camilla Harrison (Anomaly), Rick Hirst (Carat), Chris Pelekanou (Clear Channel) and Sarah Jenkins (Grey London) and many more.
28th November 2017: Diversity in Action panel discussion
The debate has reached an inevitable conclusion: the virtues and necessities of diversity in our industry have been largely accepted by all parts of the industry.
Now is time to action the changes we need. Now we must find and implement the realistic and proven methods that create a more diverse workplace. And it’s not just the responsibility of those at the very top – we should all feel empowered to expect and create a more diverse culture in our organisations.
This panel talk offered an opportunity to hear from the people at the front-line of action and change in our industry and celebrate the organisations and initiatives that are getting it right.
Guests included: Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman, MediaCom; Melanie Eusebe (Chair), Executive Producer of WoW at the Southbank Centre, Chair of the Black British Business Awards; Suki Sandhu, Founder and CEO of Audeliss, OUTstanding and EMpower; Mark Creighton, Chief Operating Officer UK & Ireland, Dentsu Aegis Network
View photos from the panel discussion here.
26th September 2017: Creative Panel with Sir John Hegarty
It’s 2017; we’re fifty years on from the Mad Men era, boundless possibilities provided by digital technology has brought with it a wealth of opportunity – and a few challenges – along the way.
This panel talk offered an opportunity to hear from Sir John Hegarty and guests who shared their experiences and thoughts around the opportunities and challenges facing the creative and media industry and its talent today. Delegates received top tips on how to harness their entrepreneurial spirit, to continuously evolve and adapt to the ever changing media landscape and more.
Guests included: Pip Jamieson, Founder, The Dots (Chair); Chaka Sobhani, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett and Rebecca Petts Davies, Graphic Designer, Wunderman UK
23rd May 2017: Sarah Wood OBE in conversation with Campaign’s Maisie McCabe
Sarah Wood is co-founder and CEO of video ad tech company Unruly, where she ensures the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet. Sarah has been voted Business Insider’s #3 Coolest Woman in Tech, Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year, Best CEO of the Year at The 2016 Europas Awards, City AM Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, and one of Ad Age’s 20 Women to Watch in Europe. She is a member of Tech City’s Entrepreneur Advisory Panel, a Technology Ambassador for London and was awarded an OBE in June 2016.
On 23rd May Sarah was interviewed by Campaign’s Deputy Editor, Maisie McCabe at Unruly HQ, you can see the highlights here.
4th April: ‘How to be a charismatic woman’ with Deborah Frances White
This session explored how women can harness their neurological advantages and learn to raise their status through learning new behaviours to become twenty first century business leaders. Power-suits, Dynasty hair and shoulder-pads not required!
Deborah Frances-White is the host of podcast The Guilty Feminist, a founder member of The Spontaneity Shop, co-author of The Improv Handbook, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, corporate speaker and executive coach and is passionate about helping women in business to unlock their personal power.
6th March: Sir Martin Sorrell in conversation with Justin Webb
On 6th March we saw WPP Group CEO and NABS Patron, Sir Martin Sorrell interviewed by journalist and broadcaster Justin Webb
21st February: Speed Mentoring with NABS 100 Club
On 21st February 2017 M&C Saatchi played host to esteemed members of the NABS 100 Club, where they imparted their pearls of professional wisdom on delegates from a range of creative and media agencies, media owners and clients.
Read a blog about the session written by one of our delegates here.
18th October: Speed Mentoring with the NABS 100 Club
On Tuesday 18th October 2016 20 mentors and 100 delegates descended on Google HQ for a night of fast-paced mini-mentoring sessions.
20th September: Rory Sutherland, In Defence of Benign Bullsh*t @ Ogilvy & Mather
September’s Tuesday Club Talk was with TED regular and Vice-Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Group, Rory Sutherland; where he talked in defence of benign bullshit. Is stripy toothpaste unethical? Why does Wagamama ask if you’ve ever been to Wagamama before? How can you make people enjoy the rail replacement bus service? Why should you never send a wedding invitation by email? Why does the brain link buying a sofa with your spouse? And why will you always end up landing at JFK, not Newark?
All of these baffling mysteries can be explained by one very simple psychological fact. Quite simply the things we think are important and the things we feel are important aren’t always the same things.
28th June: How to avoid coming a close second, the secrets of successful pitching @ Zone
Over the past 20 years Paul Phillips, Managing Director & Martin Jones, Managing Partner, AAR, have sat in more chemistry meetings and pitches that anyone else in the business, which means they have seen it all.
In this talk they shared what works and what doesn’t when it comes to successful pitching. With a liberal sprinkling of anecdotes, Paul and Martin shared experiences and examples from across the spectrum of agencies, sharing some success stories… and some horror stories too!
10th May: Dara Nasr, Managing Director, Twitter @ Twitter HQ
This fully booked Tuesday Club Talk was with Twitter’s Managing Director, Dara Nasr where discussed How Mobile Changed the World! What would we do without our phones in this fast-paced, frenetic world we live in? How many of us feel naked and lost without our smartphones in our hands? In the modern, digital age, our phones reflect our lives; constantly connected, in touch and switched on.
Our third talk of 2016 was with founder of the Comms Lab, Jonathan Wise on ‘Ethical Advertising’, and how we can use our skills to make a positive difference within the industry and in society as a whole.
Our second Tuesday Club Talk of 2016 was with former Lead Trainer at the National Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit, Scotland Yard, Richard Mullender.
Richard’s talk focused on improving communication skills and the ability to inspire, influence, understand and persuade, through his experience as a hostage negotiator.
16th February: Speed Mentoring with the NABS 100 Club at M&C Saatchi.
NABS Speed Mentoring – fun, fast paced and interactive! A hugely popular and successful format that gives the industry’s rising stars the opportunity to meet leading figures from across adland and in small break-out groups, ask them questions that will help inform, inspire and shape their careers.
Amanda Pitt, Grace Blue
David Weeks, The Week
Diana Tickell, NABS
Dominic Carter, News UK
Ed Couchman, Facebook
Hamish Nicklin, Ex AOL
Ian Pearman, AMV BBDO
James Wildman, Trinity Mirror Solutions
Jess Burley, M/SIX
John Harrison, BBH
Jonathan Allan, Channel 4
Judith Salinson, NABS Trustee
Kerry Glazer, AAR
Lucy Jameson, Grey
Martin Plant, Global Radio
Naren Patel, Primesight
Nigel Clarkson, Yahoo!
Paul Frampton, Havas Media
Ruth Hunt, Stonewall
Sam Phillips, OMG
Stevie Spring, ITG Group
Suzy Jordon, Exterion Media
Wendy Proctor, MoD
Tuesday 16th February, drinks reception from 6.15pm – event start at 6.45pm, at M&C Saatchi.
24th November 2015 at GroupM: Annual Tuesday Club Talk with Sir Martin Sorrell, interviewed by Alastair Stewart OBE – CEO, WPP Group
3rd November 2015 at Starcom MediaVest Group: John Neal – performance coach and sports psychologist
15th September 2015 at SapientNitro: Oona King – Baroness King of Bow, Diversity Executive at Channel 4
21st July 2015: Eileen Naughton: Managing Director and VP, UK-Ireland Sales & Operations at Google
Charlotte Austin-Talbot and Lee Taylor
Behavioural psychologist, performance coach and author
Former competitive diver, Olympic Silver Medallist & performance coach
Founder of Edge Design
Communication & body language expert
Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship, Barclays
Creative Director, COY! Communications
Chairman, DLKW Lowe
President, Northern & Central Europe Operations, Google
Managing Director, Agency Sales, North & Central Europe, Google
Richard Eyre CBE
Chairman of the IAB and Media Trust
Ben Casey, founder, The Chase
Jackie Holt, client services director, BJL
Christian James, founder and MD, The If Agency
Tom Richards, creative director, BJL
Paul Watson, joint founder, Conch Associates
ECD and Vice-Chairman at OgilvyOne and Vice-Chairman at Ogilvy and Mather UK
Watch the full talk here
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‘Women in Leadship’
Jane Frost, CBE, Chief Executive, The Market Research Society
Janet Hull, OBE, Director of Marketing, the IPA
Charlotte Lock, Director of Marketing and Audiences for Media and North, BBC
Chief Revenue Officer, Znaptag
Ian Pearman, CEO, AMV BBDO
Roisin Donnelly, Chief Marketing Officer, P&G
Leigh Thomas, CEO, Dare
Anna Watkins, Managing Director, Guardian Labs
CEO, Grey London
CEO, M&C Saatchi PLC
Sir John Hegarty
BBH, Worldwide Creative Director & Co-Founder
Google, Country Sales Director
Design critic, culture critic & author
Sales Director, Channel 4
Group Chairman & Group CEO, AMV BBDO
Global Director of Creative Solutions, Facebook
UK Commercial Director, Facebook
Creative Director, Innocent Drinks
Managing Director, ITV
Founding Partner, CHI & Partners
Lord Alan Sugar
CEO, Engine Group
CEO, Global Radio