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John Litster, Managing Director, Sky Media

John has worked in advertising sales for 30 years. He joined Sky in 1995 as a sales manager and rose to sales director before becoming Managing Director of Sky Media in 2014. John runs a team of 400 people responsible for selling advertising across 130 television channels. Sky Media offers the broadest range of advertising solutions across the media landscape and is the biggest sales house globally in terms of spots sold.

Andrew Griffith, Group Chief Operating Officer, Sky

Andrew was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer in March 2016 and is a Board Director of the Sky Group. Andrew joined the Company in 1999 from Rothschild, the investment banking organisation, where he provided financial and strategic advice to corporate clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sector. Andrew held a number of senior finance roles prior to his appointment as CFO in 2008. He has a Law degree from Nottingham University and is a qualified chartered accountant.

Dharshini David, Broadcaster, Writer, Economist

Dharshini is a highly experienced business and economics journalist who has fronted financial programmes across Sky News and the BBC. Her career has included working as an economist in the City, where she was HSBC Investment Bank’s Senior UK Economist, and working in government. She has also spent time advising Tesco’s board on broadcast media strategy. Dharshini is the author of The Almighty Dollar, an accessible guide to the global economy.

Julia Hartley-Brewer, Journalist, Broadcaster, talkRADIO Presenter

Julia is a regular face on topical TV shows such as Have I Got News For You? and Question Time, as well as a political commentator on TV and radio. She is now host of the morning show on talkRadio having presented her own weekday programme on LBC. Before broadcasting Julia was the Political Editor, Assistant Editor and a columnist at the Sunday Express.

Stuart Ramsay, Chief Correspondent, Sky News

Stuart is Sky News’ longest-serving foreign correspondent, reporting on major global news stories and world events. He has covered 18 wars in a 30-year career in journalism, and won numerous awards and nominations, including two Emmy wins and three nominations, four BAFTA nominations, a Monte Carlo Film Award Golden Nymph, London Press Club’s Journalist of the Year and three Royal Television Society wins, including last year’s Scoop of the Year award for his revelation of secret Islamic State files.

Jamie Bartlett, Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media

Jamie’s research interests at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media – a collaboration between Demos and the University of Sussex – include the use of social media by political movements, internet culture, crypto-currencies and surveillance technology. Jamie is the author of The Dark Net (2014), exploring hidden internet subcultures; Radicals (2017), looking at the individuals, groups and movements who are rejecting the way we live now; and The People Vs Tech: How the internet is killing democracy (and how we save it) (2018).

Matt Heiman, Founder & CEO, Diagonal View

Matt is a London-based entrepreneur. In 2017 he sold Diagonal View to Sky. Diagonal View is one of the largest digital studios, globally, producing 150 videos per week and reaching a monthly audience of over 250 million people. Diagonal View’s sponsors appear in its content. They include Nike, SkyBet, Chaokoh, Hankook and Odeon. Matt is also a founder/ investor in Mobix Interactive (exit 2008), and Justgiving (exit September 2017).

Tracey Follows, Head of Strategy, WIRED Consulting

Tracey works with clients on long term strategies for future growth. Recent work includes the future of work, AI, ethics and diversity. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Women in Marketing Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Marketing. In 2017 Ad Age named her a Woman to Watch (Europe). Tracey worked in marketing and innovation for over 20 years with leading technology, telco, service and retail brands. She left advertising to retrain in Strategic Foresight at The University of Houston later joining The Future Laboratory as Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer. She is currently a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, the World Futures Studies Federation and a Fellow of the RSA. She also sits on the ASA Council.

Jamie West, Deputy Managing Director, Sky Media & Group Director of Advanced Advertising, Sky

With over 20 years of TV and online sales experience, Jamie heads-up the team responsible for the development of emerging advertising opportunities at Sky Media. Central to this role was the creation of AdSmart, Sky’s pioneering addressable advertising capability. At Sky Media, Jamie leads the sales and commercial teams for online, mobile, video and AdSmart. Jamie also leads Sky’s advanced advertising strategy across the group. His career path has taken him from ITV to Channel 5 to Viacom Brand Solutions and now to the world’s largest multi-channel sales house, Sky Media.

Joseph Coughlin, Director, MIT AgeLab

Joseph is the founder and Director of the MIT AgeLab. His research focuses on how demographic change, technology, social trends and consumer behaviour drive innovations in business and government. He has authored more than 100 research publications and is a regular contributor to publications such as The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, and Slate.com. He has advised non-profits, governments and corporations worldwide. He is the author of The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market (2017).

Frank Skinner, Presenter, Writer, Comedian

Frank’s live career began in 1987 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Four years later he returned to the city to win comedy’s most prestigious prize, The Perrier Award. As a TV presenter Frank has hosted four series of Portrait Artist of the Year and three series of Landscape Artist of the Year for Sky Arts and is now hosting his seventh series of BBC One’s Room 101. His Absolute Radio show has won numerous awards and he was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2015. He’s the author of Dispatches from the Sofa, a collection of columns written for The Times, and he’s written two autobiographies.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director, Sky Arts and Head of Entertainment, Arts & Factual, Sky

Phil joined Sky as Head of Entertainment in 2012 and was appointed Director of Sky Arts in 2014. He oversees all entertainment series in production across Sky’s channels – Sky 1 HD, Sky Living HD, Sky Atlantic, HD, Sky Arts HD and Sky Movies, and it was in this role that he commissioned a wealth of successful programmes for Sky Arts including Portrait Artist of the YearTalks Musicand Parkinson: Masterclass. Before Sky, Phil worked as Creative Director of Running Bare, and prior to that he was Creative Director of Remarkable Pictures (part of Endemol UK) where he oversaw Big Brother.

Oliviero Toscani, Creative Director, Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre

Oliviero is the creative genius behind some of the world’s most successful brands, creating images and campaigns for Esprit, Chanel, Fiorucci, Prenatal and many more. As a fashion photographer he has collaborated with several leading magazines including Elle,VogueGQand, Harper’s Bazaar. As Art Director at Benetton he built the company’s identity, corporate image, communication strategy and online presence, transforming it into one of the world’s most recognised brands. In 1990 he created and directed Colors, the international magazine, and in 1993 founded Fabrica. Oliviero has been awarded four Lions d’Or at the Cannes Festival.

Gideon Spanier, Global Head of Media, Campaign

Gideon writes about the global media industry and oversees coverage of media owners, agencies and brands for the advertising magazine Campaign. He also works on several events at the Haymarket Media Group, including the annual Media Week Awards, the Media 360 conference, the Campaign Media Awards, and British Media Awards. Prior to joining Campaign in 2015 Gideon was a business reporter at The Times and previously spent more than a decade at the Evening Standard covering media, advertising and technology.

Claire Hilton, Marketing Director, Barclays UK

Claire Hilton is an experienced senior marketer having worked in blue chip companies across the financial and telecommunications sectors. She joined Barclays from BT in 2003 as Head of Business Banking Marketing. She went on to hold various roles at Barclays including Head of Brand, Head of Advertising and latterly Marketing Director, Barclays UK. Claire’s campaigns have won numerous industry awards. She has been instrumental in driving the purpose led campaigns, including Digital Eagles, LifeSkills and Fraud and is passionate about helping young female talent progress within our industry.

Andrew Mortimer, Director of Client Strategy, Sky Media

Andrew was appointed to the newly created role of Director of Client Strategy at Sky Media in April 2018, leading the team responsible for building stronger relationships and helping deliver business objectives for clients. Previously he was Sky’s Director of Media, responsible for managing the media spend of the UK’s largest advertiser, a role he held since joining Sky in 2010. Before Sky, Andrew worked at Manning Gottlieb OMD where he was Executive Director, Head of Communication Planning. Before that he worked at Vizeum and Saatchi & Saatchi. He was a member of ISBA’s Executive Committee from 2013 to 2018.

Luigi Cacace, Global CRM Director, Luxottica Group

Luigi has been serving as Global CRM Director at Luxottica – home of iconic fashion, luxury, sports and performance eyewear brands – since May 2014. In this role he’s responsibile for direct-to-consumer marketing and consumer engagement activities for all Luxottica global leading brands, such as Ray-Ban and Oakley. He joined Luxottica from Sky Italia where he held senior roles within the sales and marketing team. Luigi started his career at Deloitte Strategy Consulting, where he oversaw turnaround projects in several industries, both in Italy and abroad.

Rachel Bristow, Director of Partnerships, Sky Media

Rachel joined Sky Media in 2014 in the newly created position of Director of Partnerships, with a remit to develop content, data and advertiser partnerships. She also oversees Sky Media’s marketing, communications, training and development teams. Prior to her current role she worked for Unilever for nine years culminating in the role of VP Global Media Data & Analytics, responsible for developing the global media data strategy and establishing the first global data management platform.

Keith Weed, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Unilever

Keith’s role as CMCO includes leadership of Unilever’s sustainability agenda and the Unilever brand. Before this, he was EVP for Global Home Care & Hygiene, and was previously Chairman of Lever Fabergé. Outside Unilever he is a Fellow of The Marketing Society and, as an engineering graduate, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He is also on the World Economic Forum Future Consumption Board, a board member of Business in the Community, and Chairman of Business in the Community International, President of the History of Advertising Trust and Global Chairman of the Positive Change Effie Award.

Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair, UK Sport, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian

Dame Katherine took up rowing at Edinburgh University where she graduated in law. She won her first international gold medal in 1997. Dreams of Olympic gold came true in 2012 when she won the double sculls with teammate Anna Watkins in London. Dame Katherine is Britain’s most successful female rower and the only female athlete – in any sport – to gain medals in four consecutive Olympic Games. She became Britain’s decorated female Olympian after winning silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Katherine was appointed CBE for services to rowing in 2013 and was named Dame Katherine in 2017. Dame Katherine is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes Univeristy, and Chair of UK Sport which helps athletes achieve their full medal-winning potential.

Tony Lester, Head of Sky Scholarships, former National Coach, UK Athletics

Tony competed as an athlete at national level over 100m and 200m during his Army career, during which he gained coaching qualifications. After the Army he began coaching leading athletes and in 2000 was employed full-time by UK Athletics where he went on to become National Coach. Tony has coached six athletes to Olympic and World Championship medals and a further two to finals. He has provided specialist coaching to Rugby Union clubs, International Rugby players and premiership football players. Tony joined Sky in 2013 and heads the Sky Scholars Programme which now encompasses Sports Scholars, Women in Tech Scholars, and Ocean Rescue Scholars.

Ebony Rainford-Brent, Cricket Pundit, Director for Surrey Women’s Cricket, former England cricket player

Ebony was the first black woman to play for the England cricket team; she was a member of the England team that won the 2009 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in Sydney. Within three months the team also won the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, the NatWest One Day series and retained the Ashes. Ebony played for Surrey throughout her playing career and captained the team. She is a regular commentator and pundit for both women’s and men’s cricket. Her role as Director for Surrey Women’s Cricket includes development of the women’s game and strategies to increase participation at all levels.

Dietmar ‘Didi’ Hamann, Soccer Pundit, former professional footballer

Didi started his career at German club Bayern Munich at 16. He went on to play for Newcastle United then in 1999 joined Liverpool where he would stay for the next seven years, playing nearly in 200 league games. He was part of the successful Liverpool squad that won the treble in the 2000/ 2001 season. Didi left the Reds in 2006 for Manchester City. As well as his success in the English game, Didi played for the German national team between 1997 and 2006. He was the last person to score a goal at the old Wembley Stadium during a qualifying match against England.

Jacques Raynaud, Executive Vice President Sports & Advertising, Sky Deutschland

Jacques was appointed to the newly created position of Executive Vice President Sports & Advertising at Sky Deutschland in April 2018. Jacques took up the post having been Executive Vice President Sports & Advertising Sales at Sky Italia for eight years. Before joining Sky, Jacques worked for 14 years at Eurosport, heading the German, UK and Asian business.

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