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Adrian started out as a client with Esso Petroleum before moving to the agency side. In 1986 Adrian began work at the below-the-line agency IMP and he then moved to Chime-owned HHCL in 1993. During his seven-year stint at HHCL the agency was named Agency of the Decade. In 2000 he moved to Chime-owned AMD, becoming its Chief Executive. On the 24th January 2002 Adrian co-founded VCCP around Charles Vallance’s kitchen table where Vallance, Coleman, Carruthers and Priest were united by their desire to un-do the bad habits of big agencies. VCCP is now 16 years old and has grown from an agency of four to over 1100 people. Adrian is Co CEO of Chime Communications and is a member of the Marketing Society.
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Charles began his advertising apprenticeship at Burkitt’s, working subsequently at BBH and WCRS. In 2002 he decided to start working for himself and, along with his three partners (Rooney Carruthers, Adrian Coleman and Ian Priest), set up VCCP. Their founding client was O2, to whom they are eternally grateful. Over the last two decades, Charles has worked on and, in some cases, helped launch a diverse range of brands including O2, First Direct, Orange, Sony, BMW, Land Rover, Coca-Cola, Heineken, Dyson, comparethemarket.com, Hiscox and easyJet.
Outside of work Charles doggedly pursues a variety of sports including cricket, tennis, football, golf, shooting and snooker, all at a consistently low standard. Charles is a Trustee for Cricket for Change and for the Fred Foundation and he is a Director of Rugby for Change.
Phone: (+44) 020 3037 3088
Julian Douglas (or Dougie as he is better known) is the Vice Chairman of the VCCP Partnership and APAC CEO. He joined the agency in 2008 having previously worked at WCRS, BBH, TBWA and Grey London (twice). With over twenty years’ experience he has created some of the world's most successful campaigns for brands including Audi, Lynx, O2, Domino's, Nationwide and Shell. He was awarded Account Person of the Year in 2018 by Campaign Magazine.
In recent years he has led VCCP's expansion into Asia. In 2018 he opened VCCP Singapore, which has just won Campaign's Agency of the Year in its second year of trading, and earlier this year opened VCCP Shanghai.
He is a Fellow and active Council member of the IPA (since 2017). As the Chair of the Talent Group (2016-2020), he helped launch Advertising Unlocked and The iList. Advertising Unlocked is the annual cross-industry open day welcoming thousands of young people into the industry from across the UK. The iList is a celebration of champions and role models helping to make the industry more inclusive, sponsored by Campaign and Unilever.
He is also a member of Facebook's UK Client Council, the Chair of Black Representation in Marketing and a frequent mentor through the NABS 100 Club.
A firm believer in lifelong learning, he holds a BA and MA from Jesus College, Oxford, an MBA from Warwick Business School and has just completed a course in business sustainability at Cambridge University's Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Outside of advertising, he is a Founder of Lucky Voice, the UK's premier chain of karaoke bars and online karaoke."
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Michael joined VCCP on its first day of business in 2002, becoming Managing Director in 2006, CEO in 2012 and VCCP Partnership CEO in 2018. Michael is also responsible for VCCP New York. In recent years VCCP has built itself a reputation for business transformation as evidenced by O2, comparethemarket.com, EasyJet, Nationwide and Cadbury.
Michael started his career at Claydon Heeley before moving to HHCL. During his career he’s been privileged to work on brands such as O2, Google, Microsoft, Telefonica, T-Mobile, Unilever, Coca-Cola and Macmillan among others. The proudest part of his career is being part of the team that has built VCCP to a 1,000-strong agency in 8 offices around the world.
Outside of work & family Michael has raced motorbikes across the Sahara, raced on foot to the magnetic North Pole and led expeditions across the Himalaya, Andes and Tanami desert.
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Andrew joined VCCP over a decade ago to work with O2. Since then, he has been Head of Account Management and Managing Director, and has worked with a number of high-profile clients, including relaunching both easyJet and Canon across Europe. Andrew is currently the CEO of VCCP in London.
Maggie qualified at KPMG whilst working on advertising clients. She left KPMG to join a privately owned agency called Clark & Taylor Plc as its Finance Director where she stayed for eight years until the agency was sold to AMV/BBDO. Following that, Maggie joined Chime as Finance Director of its advertising and marketing services division, AMS. She then moved to VCCP in 2006 as joint Finance Director when the company had 200 employees.
In July 2012 Maggie became Group CFO and now oversees all things Financial, HR, Legal, Facilities and IT as well as overseeing the finances of VCCP’s International offices.
Maggie is a Fellow of the IPA and is Honorary Treasurer of the IPA. She spends any spare time playing Candy Crush much to the disgust of her 6 year old daughter!
Phone: (+44) 212 886 4100
Michael graduated from Cambridge University with a Double First in Social and Political Sciences. He has worked for Sony Music Entertainment, The Football Association and Kirch Media. Whilst at The FA, he worked in sponsorship strategy for numerous leading brands including McDonalds helping to promote the highly successful McDonalds training programme which created more than 10,000 new football coaches in under five years.
He moved into advertising with VCCP, in 2003 and was made Head of Planning in October 2008. He then had a 2 year stint at AMVBBDO developing The National Lottery’s acclaimed new masterbrand campaign and worked on clients included Twinings and global J&J brand Nicorette. Michael has returned to VCCP and works across the agency’s client portfolio as Chief Strategy Officer.
Claire brings more than 20 years experience of working with data to the team and began her career at TMW, helping British Airways set up their first Single Customer View database whilst also enabling Diageo to sell more Guinness.
Previously she has worked at the likes of Craik Jones where she worked on Boots Advantage Card loyalty programme for 4 years, developing the algorithms to determine what personalised coupons were sent to all members, and Proximity London where she has been for the last 11 years.
At Proximity, Claire lead a team of over 50 data specialists, from data planners to data scientists, and worked across a vast array of clients, including BBC TV Licensing, Specsavers, Virgin Atlantic, Disney, P&G and the VWGroup.
Claire has just joined VCCP as Chief Data Officer and is looking forward to getting to grips with the amazing data expertise that already exists, uncovering and converting the fantastic opportunities available and developing an exciting and ambitious plan for the future of data.
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Darren started his career at WCRS creating award-winning work for Speedo, funny work for Butterkist, and launched Sega Dreamcast across Europe. He then moved to DDB London. But not for long. Next was a seven-year stint at Mother. Pimm's, ITV Digital, PG Tips, Schweppes, Magic FM and Yellow Pages were all hits. In 2008 Darren moved to be the creative lead of VCCP with the desire to create more famous and much loved advertising that populated culture. VCCP's comparethemarket.com launched in 2009 and is still the nation's favourite campaign. He encouraged everyone to ‘be more dog’ for O2. Nationwide Building Society lets the nation speak about the issues that matter most with our ‘Spoken word’ work. And more recently he’s put Cadbury back in the nations hearts with ‘there’s a glass & a half in everyone’. The Cadbury work is rolling out around the world to great effect.
Phone: (+44) 7702 523 042
Stephanie started her career in headhunting, working for Taylor Bennett before moving into the Marketing and PR industry in 2003, specialising in the luxury travel and property industry for six years. In 2010 she left her position as business director at the travel PR agency Mason Rose to focus full-time on the marketing consultancy she co-founded in 2009, Cicada Marketing. Later in 2010 Steph raced to the North Pole, becoming the fastest woman to have ever done so whilst raising £50,000 for Mencap. It was on this trip that she met Michael Sugden and Andrew Peake, CEO and MD of VCCP. Steph joined VCCP in late 2010 as Marketing and New Business Director. VCCP was Marketing magazine’s Agency of the Year in 2011 and topped the industry’s most in demand agency rankings in both 2011 and 2012. Steph now sits on the VCCP Partnership Management Team as Group Chief Marketing Officer.