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Previous NABS Talks

NABS Talks are hosted by prestigious figures from throughout adland and beyond, see out list of previous speakers below.


26th February 2019: The Shape of 2019

We joined together to debate the future of advertising & media with some of the biggest names in adland. We split in to four panel discussions which covered four hot industry topics: disruption, diversity and inclusion, reasons to be cheerful and wellbeing.

Panellists included: Matt Adams (Havas Media), Jonathan Allen (Channel 4), Helen Calcraft (Lucky Generals), Dominic Carter (News UK) and more…

Sam Orrin, senior partnerships manager at NABS join the disruption discussion. Take a read of what he took away from the night.

22nd November 2018: BAME Leaders Speed Mentoring

NABS partnered with Media For All for BAME Leaders Speed Mentoring, bringing together BAME leaders from across the industry, for an evening of fast-paced mentoring.

Mentors included: Bhavit Chandrani (ITV), Dara Nasr (Twitter), Dino Myers-Lamptey (MullenLowe Mediahub), Dora Michail (Telegraph Media Group), Gen Kobayashi (Ogilvy) and more…

View photos from the event on our Facebook here.

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?

Talking about mental health is hard. And for most of us, it’s even harder in the frenetic and volatile world of Adland.

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

We kick starting our 2018 talk programme with an evening of fun, fast paced and fascinating 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 2Sarah 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 TechVeuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year,   Best CEO of the Year at The 2016 Europas AwardsCity 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

deborah frances-white headshot

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.

Sir Martin Sorrell

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

NABS Speed mentoring, Tuesday Club, 21Feb2017, Photographer Bronac McNeillOn 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

sm-2On Tuesday 18th October 2016 20 mentors and 100 delegates descended on Google HQ for a night of fast-paced mini-mentoring sessions.

Find out more about our mentors here.


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

aar_logo_su_pos_rgbOver 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

38ef1caThis 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.


Jonathan-Wise5th April: Jonathan Wise, Strategic Planner & Co-Founder of the Comms Lab, ‘Ethical Advertising’

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.


RichardMullender19th March: Richard Mullender, Hostage Negotiator, ‘Life or Death Listening’

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





kevhouse‘Art of Brilliance: why settle for anything else than being yourself, brilliantly?’

Kevin House
Change specialist




My_Face_1‘How to Work with Psychopaths’

Charlotte Austin-Talbot and Lee Taylor
Behavioural psychologist, performance coach and author




IMG_0936‘Pushing the boundaries’

Leon Taylor
Former competitive diver, Olympic Silver Medallist & performance coach




Steve_Edge‘The Future Doesn’t Just Happen’

Steve Edge
Founder of Edge Design




jj‘You had me at hello’

Judi James
Communication & body language expert




DW‘On both sides of the fence’

David Wheldon
Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship, Barclays




Denton‘Mark Denton on Mark Denton, a talk by Mark Denton: Self-publicity and the benefits of making creative stuff’

Mark Denton
Creative Director, COY! Communications



Steve_HatchSteve Hatch
EMEA Director, Facebook





Team_Images_300x400px_Tom-Knox1‘Lessons learnt starting an ad agency’

Tom Knox
Chairman, DLKW Lowe




Google‘Festive Fireside Chat’

Matt Brittin
President, Northern & Central Europe Operations, Google

Mark Howe
Managing DirectorAgency Sales, North & Central Europe, Google


richard2’10 Absolutely Infallible Secrets of Success’

Richard Eyre CBE
Chairman of the IAB and Media Trust




sir_martin_sorrell_4Sir Martin Sorrell
CEO, WPP Group





My_greatest_mistake‘My Greatest Mistake’

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


Rory_Sutherland_202-1024x680‘Clouds and Clocks’

Rory Sutherland
ECD and Vice-Chairman at OgilvyOne and Vice-Chairman at Ogilvy and Mather UK



Watch the full talk here



To be our best in handling the stresses of modern life we need to build our mental stability and resilience. Mindfulness is a simple, proven method for effectively managing stress and increasing productivity.



jamil2‘Turning ambition into achievement’

Jamil Qureshi




‘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


Jon-Mitchell‘Start-ups from your bedroom (Spotify/Znaptag)’

Jon Mitchell
Chief Revenue Officer, Znaptag




S or T‘Stick or Twist’

Ian Pearman, CEO, AMV BBDO
Roisin Donnelly, Chief Marketing Officer, P&G
Leigh Thomas, CEO, Dare
Anna Watkins, Managing Director, Guardian Labs



Doctor Who series finaleSteven Moffat
Screenwriter & producer




Chris_Hirst_12-12-12_Colour‘Open Culture’

Chris Hirst
CEO, Grey London




JamesMurphy‘Mind the gap’

James Murphy
CEO, adam&eveDDB




Williams_RichardRichard Williams
Founder of Williams Murray Hamm





DavidKershaw‘How to be a Successful Parasite’

David Kershaw
CEO, M&C Saatchi PLC




itv_logo‘Fast Forward TV’
hosted by Chris Goldson of ITV & special guests at MediaCityUK, Manchester





Sir-John-Hegarty‘Creative Inspiration and Sustaining it’

Sir John Hegarty
BBH, Worldwide Creative Director & Co-Founder




Mark_Howe_Country_Sales_Director__MD_Agency_Operations_North_and_Central_Europe‘Silicon Valley to Shoreditch via Soho’

Mark Howe
Google, Country Sales Director




Stephen_Bayley‘Life’s a pitch’

Stephen Bayley
Design critic, culture critic & author




Jonathan-Allan‘Introducing the future of TV’

Jonathan Allan
Sales Director, Channel 4




sir_martin_sorrell_4Sir Martin Sorrell
Chief Executive, WPP





Nicolas-Roope‘The same old story’ 

Nicolas Roope
Founder, Poke




Greg_Dyke2Greg Dyke
Chairman, BFI & Former Director-General, BBC





Cilla-Snowball‘Pushing advertising up the business agenda’

Cilla Snowball
Group Chairman & Group CEO, AMV BBDO




MarkDarcy‘Social Creativity’

Mark D’Arcy
Global Director of Creative Solutions, Facebook

Stephen Haines
UK Commercial Director, Facebook


Dan_Germain‘Telling Stories – building brands with words’

Dan Germain
Creative Director, Innocent Drinks




FruHazlitt‘Fast Forward TV’

Fru Hazlitt
Managing Director, ITV




JohnnyHornby‘How generous is your marketing?’

Johnny Hornby
Founding Partner, CHI & Partners




Nicky_Unsworth‘An Audience with Women Leaders’

Nicky Unsworth




LordSugar‘An Audience with Lord Alan Sugar’

 Lord Alan Sugar




KeithPerryKeith Perry
Group Sport Managing Editor, Telegraph Media Group





DebbieKlein‘Finding the leader within’

Debbie Klein
CEO, Engine Group




StephenMiron‘Turn up the Music!’

Stephen Miron
CEO, Global Radio