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Meet the MAA Board 

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Tim Bourne

Chairman MAA, joint chair, MAA SuperEntrepreneur project Joint CEO, Exposure

Tim has an extensive career in Marketing.  He launched his first agency at the age of 23.  After establishing his entrepreneurial credentials, he went onto Board Director positions at Interfocus and Billington Cartmell, before joining Raoul Shah as partner at Exposure in 1997.

Tim established the blue chip pillar at Exposure which now boast client including; Heineken, Sony PlayStation, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Bacardi Martini and O2.

 Exposure is an International Agency Group with offices in London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo.  Exposure Group employs over 200 staff across a range of through the line skills-sets including; digital, brand engagement, atl, media relations, event marketing, sponsorship and creative services.  

Tim is an expert in client servicing and strategic thinking, with a passion for creating realtime engagement between brands and consumers. Tim has pioneered research into the role of advocacy and how to influence personal brand recommendation.

 He splits his time between client business and overseeing Group company operations.

Tim is married with two children.

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Graham Kemp

Executive Director, MAA

Graham has a wealth of marketing industry experience. He was the global chief executive of The Marketing Store and also the chairman of the MAA between 2005 and 2008.

A founding partner of Wiki-Solutions, the research and insights company, he joined the MAA in November 2016 to help shape the future of the organisation while also providing day-to-day support and leadership for the MAA team.

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Mike Halstead

Company secretary and treasurer

Managing director, HH&S

Mike Halstead : Over 30 years’ experience in promotional marketing establishing and running consulting agencies.

  • Joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 1981 as a graduate recruit. Joined the Saatchi below-the –line marketing subsidiary The Sales Promotion Agency becoming Group Account Director for British Airways.
  • 1987 Founded HH&S Group with Associated Newspapers amongst the first clients and still a client after 26 years. 
  • 1993 established HH&S Group B2B subsidiary Summit Sales Promotion. Clients include Wickes and Bordeaux Wines.
  • 1995 established Frontline Advertising. Clients included Total Oil and Domino Pizza. Sold agency in a MBO in 1998
  • 2001 HH&S Group acquired The Retail Marketing Partnership Ltd. A specialist retail marketing consultancy. Clients included Somerfield, Homebase, Mothercare and BAA.
  • 2007 created digital consultancy m2end specialising in Augmented Reality. Clients include Volvo, Turner CNN, Royal Mail and Marston’s 
  • 2011 established subscription agency Good News Marketing servicing Associated Newspapers, Independent Newspapers, Jamie Oliver and Independent App.
  • Mike is also a Non- Executive Director of Cowes Week Limited and is a Member of the ASA/CAP Sales Promotion Direct Response Committee. 

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Kit Altin

Chair of planning group

Chief Strategy Officer, The Gate


Kit Altin‘s extensive career has proven that a great brief can turn any problem into a great creative, from writing for soap powder to saving lives.

She also won the Marketing Society Award for Excellence Gold for McDonald’s epic multiplatform Olympics campaign “We All Make the Games”.

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Marius Bartsch

Joint chair, Best Awards

Head of CRM, J Walter Thompson

Marius joined the MAA board in 2013 to focus on how agencies should evolve to remain relevant and competitive in a rapidly changing world, in particular against new entrants including management consultancies, tech providers and clients’ growing in-house departments.

With 18 years marketing experience, including a brief client side stint early on, Marius has worked at agencies including EHS Brann, LIDA – M&C Saatchi, Rapier and is currently at JWT heading up a rapidly growing direct marketing practice and driving the integration agenda with clients.



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Anna Carpen

Joint chair, creative directors’ group

Executive creative director, 18 Feet & Rising

Anna Carpen’s work can be seen in the 2015 House of Fraser Christmas campaign as well as Nando’s, Freeview, Nationwide and Skoda to name a few.

She was the UK’s youngest creative director at 18 Feet and Rising. Her Freeview ad for Christmas 2011 made it to the top 20 list of the nation’s favourite on ITV.

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Cat Davis

Chair, new business group


In her six years at Grey London, Catherine won 68 accounts, including the likes of GSK corporate, HSBC, Pringles and Vodafone UK.

With this success Catherine was appointed Grey’s first CMO by 2013, winning the agency prestigious awards such as Adweek’s Global Agency of the year, and IPA’s Effectiveness Agency of the year. In 2016, Cat moved on to Cheil, becoming the chief Growth Officer

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David Harris

Joint chair, creative directors’ group and joint chair Best Awards

Executive creative director, gyro

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Ian Humphris

Chair, MAA brand and communications

Marketing grad, with CIM and ISP dip.

16 years at the agency coalface, specialising in integrated campaigns for FMCG brands.

Founded LIFE with David Poole in '97; both ex-Marketing Store Directors.  LIFE won Best Newcomer Agency in 2010 and has gone on to grow to 60 people across 2 offices. Clients include; Angry Birds, Beiersdorf, Dr Oetker, GSK, Mars, Molson Coors, Nestle & Pepsico.

Most likely to be heard saying "Marketing First, Comms Second - think first, design later".

Frustrated racing driver.

Twitter; ianh1975

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Michael Islip

Chair, collaboration and sponsorship

Chief executive, DigitasLBi

As Chief Executive, UK of global marketing and technology agency DigitasLBi, Michael is responsible for helping decide what’s next for the agency’s key clients, including Samsung, Renault-Nissan and Mumsnet, as well as forging new partnerships with some of the UK’s most ambitious brands and overseeing the launch of innovative new additions to DigitasLBi’s service offering.

Michael joined DigitasLBi in 2007 and was promoted to his current role in March 2015. Prior to that he worked at Ogilvy helping deliver award-winning digital work for global brands including American Express and Cisco.

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Andrew Marsden

Non-executive Director, MAA

After a 30 year career in FMCG businesses Andrew is now an international brand consultant. He also has a non-executive portfolio giving him a very broad experience of both clients and agencies.

Andrew began his career in 1978 as a Unilever Trainee at Batchelor’s Foods in Sheffield. In his 15 years with Unilever he worked widely across their food portfolio. He then joined Freudenberg Vileda becoming Managing Director. In 1994 he joined HP Foods, and then Britvic Soft Drinks in 1997 and was part of the team that floated the business in 2005 with an enterprise value of some £800m.

At Britvic Andrew was responsible for technical and consumer innovation, insight, brand management, category management, corporate communications and corporate services and high profile brands like Robinsons, Tango, Pepsi, 7UP and J2O amongst others.

In his career Andrew has been presented with several high profile awards for innovation and creativity including Gold Canne’s Lions, Gold EFSP’s, Aerials and APG’s.

He is a past winner of the prestigious MCCA Client of the Year Award, and was recognised as The Daily Telegraph Jaeger Le Coultre Marketing Director of the Year in 2004.

Andrew has a significant record of professional and industry involvement.

He has served on the Governmental Advisory Committee on Advertising, is a former Chairman of the Institute of Promotional Marketing, the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers, is a Past President of The Marketing Society and was Chairman of The Advertising Standards Authority Code Review. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, the Worshipful Company of World Traders and was Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors in 2015.

He holds a degree in business from Bradford, an Honorary Doctorate from Anglia Ruskin and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Institute of Promotional Marketing, the Marketing Society and the Royal Society of Arts.

He is a Freeman of the cities of London and Glasgow.

Andrew is a Trustee of Marie Curie and the Sheffield City Trust.

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Jamie Matthews

Chair, community

Chief executive, Initials

Jamie left university with a degree and CIM Diploma in Marketing before jumping straight into agency life in Triangle where he spent 6 years. His experience covered a full range of clients and disciplines, including Lloyds TSB, Safeway, Whitbread, and Barclays Bank. 

Jamie then joined Billington Cartmell where he spent 18 months heading up their Kraft and Unilever accounts. 

 In 2000, Jamie joined Arc to head up the P&G and MasterCard business for the UK. In recognition of his contribution to the agency, Jamie was promoted to the Board in February 2002, and in December 2004 to Regional Director for EMEA with specific responsibility for P&G and Shopper Marketing.

In 2006, Jamie left Arc to set up Initials along with Richard Barrett and Kevin Twittey as Managing Director.  Although holding this position in the agency, he works hard to ensure the majority of his time spent adding value to client business. 

 Jamie is also an active member in the industry having been a board director of the MAA for the last ten years, and judged and chaired many awards panels across the MAA, IPM, and Globes Awards. 

Jamie was CEO of the agency before being appointed to Chairman in 2012.

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Richard Pinder

Chair, future talent

Chief executive, UK & International, Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Richard has over twenty-five years of international brand advertising and digital experience, half in the UK and half in Asia, Europe and Worldwide. He has run a global ad network (Publicis Worldwide) for five years, he has built his own agency network (The House Worldwide) and is now proud to lead the international expansion of iconic US agency of the decade brand Crispin, Porter and Bogusky (CP+B).

At CP+B London, Richard and his team are building a modern communications agency just at home working with modern digitally savvy brands like and PayPal as they are working with brands seeking to take on and win versus the established order of things such as Turkish Airlines and Infiniti Motors.

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Andrew Reeves

Commercial Director, MAA

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Hugh Robertson

Joint chair, diversity

Founder and chief executive, RPM

As a result of a life changing injury whilst playing rugby, Hugh had a premature end to his ‘promising’ school career. Since that defining moment Hugh worked in numerous fields, before finally entering into agency life through account management at ZGC in London. In January 1993, aged 26 Hugh started RPM with two colleagues, a loan of £5,000 & a converted cowshed on a farm in Wokingham. 

RPM is a proudly independent marketing communications agency that has been helping brands walk the talk since 1993. We believe that marketing today is less about what you say and more about what you do; and that ‘brand behaviour’ is one of the strongest ways to change human behaviour. So we create tangible experiences that fulfil brand promises and provide credible stories for broadcast and content-hungry media. We put our heart and soul into sociable ideas that people want to spend time with, talk about, and that ultimately change behaviour. 

RPM offers a structure of fully integrated services including Client Servicing, Planning & Concept, Creative, Digital, Shopper Marketing, Production, Staffing, Field Marketing and Talent & Content. This allows us to offer an end-to-end client service across multiple competencies and outputs.  

Consistently positioned in the top three in Marketing magazine’s experiential league table, RPM has featured in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies To Work For six years in a row and prides itself on being a great place to work. The agency is committed to unswerving core values and a structure that empowers people to specialise in what they do best.

RPM continues to follow the ethos Hugh set out to achieve, employing 160 people who work across the UK, Africa & Western Europe for clients including Coca Cola, Diageo, Sky, Mondelez, Heineken, E.ON, M&S & Reebok from The Old Treacle Factory in West London. 

 Hugh spends his spare time helping entrepreneurs build their businesses, badly growing vegetables and is married with one son.

Rania Robinson Board

Rania Robinson

Joint chair, Diversity

Managing director, Quiet Storm

With over 20 years’ experience at pioneering agencies like exposure, Iris, Cake, and BMB Neon, Rania has been at the forefront of developing cutting edge, non-traditional and integrated communications solutions for some of the world’s biggest brands, heading up accounts and driving strategy for the likes of Stella Artois, Coca Cola, Bacardi and Nokia.

Since joining Quiet Storm 4 years ago, she has brought a 360 perspective and new energy to the agency, helping extend its service offer and broaden sector experience, delivering considerable growth in the process. A passionate exponent of empowering women in the work place, she has been responsible for readdressing the balance of female representation within the agency where female creatives now outnumber male, and the board has more women representatives than men.


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Ian Thomas

Joint chair, client leadership

Managing director, Arc

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Sarah Todd

Joint chair, agency of the future

Chief executive, Geometry Global

As the CEO of Geometry Global in London, Sarah has developed in running assignments for clients such as P&G, GSK, Bacardi, Heineken and Microsoft. With 20 years of experience, Sarah has supported international business drive success with the development of innovative marketing solutions as well as structuring of appropriate agency teams and offerings.

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Hattie Whiting

Joint chair, client leadership

Managing Director, CRM, DigitasLBi

Hattie joined Kitcatt Nohr as Managing Director in 2015 and was subsequently appointed to head the CRM hub at DigitasLBi following the merger of the sister agencies. Together with the rest of the Management Team, she takes responsibility for making sure the agency is fit to help clients create relationships worth having with their customers. She is passionate about the opportunity to combine stand out creativity with data smarts and technology in a way which allows the team to add value to the brands and businesses the agency works with.

Board advisers 

Dominic Bray

Dominic Bray

Legal Advisor to the MAA

Partner at Lee & Thompson

Dominic has been the MAA’s legal advisor for over 10 years and joined the board in 2008. He is a specialist in intellectual property, media and technology and works with many agencies, brand owners, and suppliers in the marketing communications sector. He oversees the MAA Legal Service and MAA Pitch Protection for the membership, teaches the legal module on the MAA Diploma, and advises the board on legal issues.

Dominic is a partner at media law firm Lee & Thompson where he heads the Marketing and Advertising Group. He deals with IP, technology and media issues for a range of companies, with a focus dispute resolution and regulatory compliance. Drawing on that experience he regularly advises clients on commercial negotiations, contract termination and renegotiation, compliance and risk assessment.     

Rosie Doggett

Rosie Doggett

Procurement Advisor to the MAA

Founder of Rad Consulting    

Rosie started working with the MAA in 2005 as a consultant, advising on client issues and procurement, before joining the board in 2008. Having worked agency side for 20 years with agencies such as Publicis, TBWA, FCB and Saatchi & Saatchi, she now works with a wide variety of clients.

Rosie Doggett has more than 20 years top agency senior account handling experience at board and Managing Director level.  Her agencies included Publicis, TBWA, FCB, Saatchi & Saatchi and Borkowski PR.  She moved client-side 9 years ago as an independent marketing procurement consultant, and is a board advisor to the MAA.  Rosie is also a faculty member of the EACA and frequently runs training courses for various industry bodies, ISBA, and many clients.  She has worked with automotive, pharmaceutical, retail, high end financial investors, fashion, travel, alcohol, FMCG and public sector clients from local to global.


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