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Digital Leaders Trends Briefings 2015

Digital Leaders Trends Briefings open a window onto the future for digital marketers. They look beyond the immediate concerns of the sector and ask "what's next?".

Thursday 24th September 2015
13:00 - 17:30
The Magic Circle
Stephensons Way

Digital Leaders Trends Briefings open a window onto the future for digital marketers. They look beyond the immediate concerns of the sector and ask “what's next?”

The world is deleting itself every ten seconds, or so Snapchat would have us believe. Communication is like water following the path of least resistance with new social behaviour inspiring new technologies which in turn inspire new behaviours. This Trends Briefing explores the trends that are changing relationships between people and brands.

This event will be co-curated with Tom Ollerton, Marketing Director of We Are Social. who will introduce four industry leading speakers. Each of these speakers will give you a screen grab of the next 18 months in digital/social and what you need to do about it. The event will be divided into four segments:

Business -Business models are changing like the weather, disruption is a default. The music industry was the first to go, now film? Who is next? Banks? Governments?

Content - This talk will look at the changing world of content, its form, its role and its meaning for brands.

Culture - With all this change in business, tech and content what is happening to us as people. Are we integrated as serendiptious micro niches or are we siloed away in digital rabbit holes listening to our own feedback loops. This presentation discusses the psychological factors driving human behaviour in the hyper social future.

Technology - Drones, phones, clones and prosthetic bones. Technology and innovation are blooming in all sectors and all walks of life.


  • An event guide with the attendee list
  • Access to the talks
  • A copy of the We Are Social report
  • Access to the pre and post event networking
  • Refreshments & unlimited drink during networking time

*Only a limited number of tickets are available for this event. Once you register, you will be qualified and if you meet the criteria set out by our Digital Leaders community, you will be offered a ticket to this exclusive event.


Tom Ollerton Marketing Director at We Are Social


 Tom will set the scene and will act as MC for the afternoon's  proceedings  and will present the key findings from the agency's  report “Social Thinking  Futures": We Are Social's Predictions for the Future of Social.


Tom's career in digital has taken him from mobile marketing through digital and finally found him in his natural home at the global social media agency We Are Social. A regular on the speaking circuit and a digital all-rounder, Tom drives marketing and innovation at the agency, which counts brands such as Adidas, Heinz, Tesco, Lenovo, Evian & Expedia amongst its clients.



Rob Millar, Managing DirectorComotion Consulting Ltd



 "Helps build customer led businesses that believe in the profitability  of meaningful customer experiences"


Rob is the founder and MD of Comotion – a growth consultancy that helps companies to build sustainable revenues by reinventing themselves as customer-led businesses.

Within Comotion, Rob focuses on developing customer-led strategies, using bespoke frameworks to answer the question “How do we truly put the customer at the heart and centre of the business?” Prior to Comotion, he spent 13 years as an international consultant, working at Board level with major brands across multiple industries in Europe & North America. During this time he delivered major programmes of work in areas such as strategy, M&A, proposition development, innovation and change management.



Stuart Hillston, CEO, ConCap Ltd



 "31 yrs of experience in Software, VC & PE in the United Kingdom"


Stuart started his working life as a computer programmer at a large independent research lab. His first start-up experience came after 2 years with a British software company which grew rapidly & globally. He went on to form several other IT service companies and has been directly involved in early and growth stage companies ever since. In the late 1990s he spent time in a senior role at a Nasdaq listed company.

After a few years working for charity and the DTI (managing the E-Commerce Awards), Stuart made the transition into investing in technology. He has managed investments in a London based family office, ran an AIM listed investment business and worked in an FSA regulated brokerage & fund manager.

He is now CEO of Constellation Capital, a specialist adviser to early stage entrepreneurs, primarily in the software, digital, mobile and medical device sectors, getting them investor ready and finding equity capital. Heis also mentor and board advisor for a number of incubators and accelerators in London and the South-East, and has been a non-executive director of nearly 30 companies.




Jack Riley, Commercial and Audience Development Director, Huffington Post UK



 “The 'go to' person for digital strategy whether social media,  technical,  analytics or content“

Jack Riley is Commercial and Audience Development Director for The Huffington Post and AOL in the UK, looking after audience and revenue growth for brands through product and data initiatives.

He is a 2015 Harvard Nieman Foundation Visiting Fellow, producing a research paper on the future of content and wearables. He was previously Head of Digital Audience and Content Development for The Independent and Evening Standard.



Alastair Cole, Chief Innovation Officer/ Partner,Partners Andrews Aldridge/The Engine Group



​ “Alastair spots opportunities at the intersection of tech, UX, content  and data - forging these into experiences and products that are meaningful to real people".

Alastair is Chief Innovation Officer at Partners Andrews Aldridge, driving innovation in customer engagement and leading new product development.

Previously he was Partner and Head of the Creative Services Practice at Essence, EMEA where his team developed the industry's first contextual creative ad format delivered programmatically across North America.

He is a past winner of eConsultancy's Innovation in Mobile award, led the team that won the IPA's inaugural Tech Challenge and is Co-Founder of The Innovation Ramble.




Job Title Company
Senior Marketing Manager ABA | The Business Brand Agency
Non Executive DIrector, Chairman of Remuneration Committee Aberdeen Asset Management
Account Director - Creative & Digital Marketing Aquent
Account Director Aquent
Account Director Aquent
Managing Consultant Aspen Worldwide
CEO Autotorq
Senior Digital Manager Aviva
Head of Digital & Customer Experience AXA Insurance
Lead Partner Baker Tilly
Business Director Big Group Ltd
Director Biscuit PR
Managing Director BlackRock
Director, Web Development Manager BlackRock
Social Media Director Blonde Digital
Director Blue Baboon
Head of Business Development Capita
Content Strategist Central YMCA
Digital Business Coach CFA
Founder Citizenbay
Managing Director Clear Blue Creative
Senior Director Cognizant
Design Director Columns
Senior Creative Columns
Senior Account Director Columns
Senior Account Manager Columns
Head of Marketing Communicator
Head of New Business Communicator
MD Digital Annexe
Director/Owner Digital-Blah
Global Web Solutions Director DK
Innovation Manager dunnhumby
Product Director for Personalisation dunnhumby
Director and VP of EMEA Business Development ELEKS
Head of Digital EMP Media Group
Managing Director Equinet Media
Founder Eyetoeye
Marketing Director First Move Marketing Services
COO/ head of digital Fishburn
Owner Flavourfy
UK Creative Solutions Manager Flockler.com
Co-Founder Foolproof
Design Director Freelance
Head of ECommerce Haven Holidays
Digital Marketing and Campaigns Leader Immunodiagnostic Systems Plc
Head of Marketing innometrics
Client Services Director Jaywing
Marketing Director JGO Marketing
CEO Retail JLL
VP Digital Marketing Strategy JP Morgan
Chief Content Officer Kirkley Marketing
CEO Kitoks.com
Group Commercial Director London Evening Standard
Commercial Director Loyalty Bay
Business & Operations Director MadeByPi
Strategy Director Mando
Programme Director Mass Challenge
Loyalty Director Merlin Entertainments
Head of Digital Marketing Network Rail
Chief Executive Partners Andrews Aldridge
Product Manager Partners Andrews Aldridge
Director - Business Partnerships & Strategy Penguin Random House
Managing Director Perceptive Flow
Head of EU Operations Razorfishhealth
VP Marketing Reevoo
Founder Remote Goat
Director of IT RSSB
Commercial Director RTE Media Sales- Digital
Digital Marketing Director Sartorius Digital
Head of Ecommerce Scotts & Co
VP Digital UK and EMEA Scripps Networks International UK and EMEA
IT Director Seven
Strategy Director Seven
Senior Business Optimisation Consultant Sitecore
Head of Account Management Six Degrees Group
Senior Copywriter SMRS
Creative Director SMRS
Sales Director Stream
Executive Planning Director Table 19
Account Director Technical Advertising
Head of Marketing Technology Trust
Director of Programmes Technology Trust
Digital Strategy Director Teradata
Content Director The Engine Group
Director The Fusebox
Chief Digital Officer The Regus Group
Director the-marketing-labs
UK Head of Social TUI Group
Business Development Director Unipro Ltd
Director Unipro Ltd
Technical Director Unipro Ltd
Director, Strategic Marketing United Technologies
Head of Communications United Utilities
founder and CEO Usability24/7
CEO Vere
CEO Webcredible
Founder What & Why
Digital Marketing Consultant WSI





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