This week we hosted the first of our 2015 Club events at London’s May Fair Hotel with a panel of leading senior business leaders. The topic: “Raising the profile of marketing” caught fire with our audience of over 250 movers and shakers from the UK marketing community.

 Martin Glenn, CEO, United Biscuits; David Wheldon, Head of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship, Barclays Group; Peter Markey, CMO, Post Office; and Debbie Klein, CEO, Engine Group were all on stage, agreeing and clashing with each other’s views.

But all agreed: the boardroom door is open and marketers are invited to step in.

Oystercatchers’ CEO, Suki Thompson who led the discussion, succinctly summed up, “Successful brands keep the customer at the heart of their business and, as a result, the opportunities for marketers to take their seat on the board have never been richer”.

You can read Suki’s viewpoint in Marketing on how Marketers can step inside the boardroom.

The debate fueled coverage in the press:

Campaign Live

The Drum

Media Week

A big thank you to Martin, David, Pete and Debbie – and to our guests! The next Club event takes place on Wednesday 18 March where we’ll be examining “Leadership: driving team performance.” Our guest debaters include Stephen Miron, CEO, Global Radio; Professor Richard Jolly, London Business School and Troy Warfield, Chief Commercial Officer, Avis Budget EMEA.

Please contact Victoria Sinclair for more information.