Sir Vernon Ellis

Sir Vernon Ellis

Chairman, British Council

Sir Vernon Ellis is Chair of the British Council, the UK’s International Cultural Relations Organisation. Prior to taking up this appointment in 2010, he was at Accenture for 40 years, the leading business and information technology consulting organisation, where he was International Chairman.

He is very much involved in the arts, particularly music. He was Chairman of the English National Opera and is now its President. He is also the Chairman of the National Opera Studio and was a Trustee of the Royal College of Music for six years. Through the work of his own Foundation, he supports a wide range of arts organisations and hosts around 90 concerts a year at his home in London. He is also Chairman of Martin Randall Travel, the leading cultural tours company, and of One Medicare, a company providing primary healthcare services within the NHS. He is a Non-Executive Director of FTI Consulting Inc.

He was knighted in 2011 for services to music and in 2012 was appointed Chairman of the Arts and Media Honours Committee and a member of the overall Honours Committee and the Philanthropy Committee.

Tom Knox

Tom Knox

President, IPA and Chairman, DLKW Lowe

Tom is one of the world’s most respected advertising professionals. In 2000 he was part of the team that founded Delaney Lund Knox Warren, which prior to the merger with Lowe and Partners in 2010, grew to become the largest non-network agency in the UK.

Tom started his career at Delaney Fletcher Delaney under the tutelage of Winston Fletcher. After stints at Chiat/Day and AMV/BBDO he returned to DFSD Bozell in 1995 as Head of Account Management.

Throughout his time in advertising Tom has worked across a variety of business, including large multinationals Clients; Reebok, Coke, Gillette, HBOS, American Express and Pepsi, in addition to national government projects for The Department of Health.

Tom is a longstanding member of the IPA council and has held the role of Honorary Secretary and Chairman of its Membership Committee. In 2015 he became IPA President.

A late adopter of the married state, Tom is enjoying inheriting 3 teenage stepchildren. He is a boringly optimistic Spurs fan.

Amanda MacKenzie

Amanda MacKenzie OBE

CMO, Aviva – currently on secondment as Executive Advisor, ‘Project Everyone’

Amanda was a member of Aviva’s Group Executive for 7 years as CMO and joined Aviva to change the name from Norwich Union and to set up a global marketing and communications function.

Amanda has a BSc in Psychology from the University of London, is a graduate of the Insead Advanced Management Programme, a Life Fellow of the RSA, and Fellow and past President of the Marketing Society. Amanda has over 25 years of commercial experience, including director roles at British Airways Airmiles, BT and British Gas. She is also a non-executive director of Mothercare Plc and sits on the audit committee.

She has been on the board of the National Youth Orchestra for 8 years and she is a member of Lord Davies steering group to increase the number of women on boards.

Amanda was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for services to marketing.

Amanda is on loan from Aviva as Executive Advisor to Richard Curtis and team for ‘Project Everyone’, which is a campaign to make the UN’s sustainable development goals reach as many people in the world as possible.


Chris MacLeod

Marketing Director, Transport for London

Chris joined Transport for London (TfL) in 2007 and is currently Marketing Director. He is responsible for the promotion of a wide range of products and services, from Oyster cards to Cycle Hire bikes, Congestion Charge to Tube improvements and Buses to River services.

He oversaw the integrated marketing programme for transport during the 2012 Olympic Games, keeping London moving and ensuring a successful event.

Under the banner of ‘Every journey matters’ he is working with colleagues across TfL to put customers and users at the heart of the business.

Along the way, TfL has won every major Marketing and Advertising award including IPA Effectiveness Golds, Cannes Gold Lions, Marketing Society Excellence and Campaign magazine ‘Advertiser of the Year’.

He’s a regular on the Bakerloo Line.