Chris Hirst is originally from Northumberland. After graduating from Oxford with an MEng, he rather arbitrarily resolved to get a job in advertising. After working for a number of leading agencies, he joined the safe but dull Grey London as MD. Promoted to CEO, he got an MBA from Harvard Business School and began the agency’s transformation into the exciting, successful creative business it is today, being named the most effective and creative agency in the country as ADWEEK’s global agency of the year, IPA Effectiveness Agency of the Year and D&AD’s most awarded UK agency. Chris is a regular speaker at industry forums and commentator in national press. He is currently one of the BBC's Robert Peston’s Speakers for School. He joined Havas in September 2015 and is dedicated to creating the best possible business culture and environment to help attract the very best talent from all backgrounds.
Phone: (+44) 020 7453 4290
Commercially astute Chief People Officer, with a powerful blend of business acumen and psychological training. Proven leadership through key business challenges such as TUPE, restructures, redundancies as well as the on-boarding, engagement and development of people. A creative, innovative partner, who quickly builds and effectively maintains successful relationships at all hierarchical levels. I wanted to develop a more in-depth knowledge of the psychology of people, which led me to become a qualified therapist and bring this expertise back to my leadership and HR role. An additional benefit of my therapeutic studies, is the experience gained through working within a range of environments that were different from my day job; public health, education, mental health and charitable organisations.
Phone: (+44) 020 7751 2018
Tracey Barber, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Havas London Tracey Barber began her career at Lowe Howard Spink and also worked as a marketing manager at Lloyds TSB. Next came roles as Group Marketing Director at Havas EHS’s predecessor EHS 4D Group and then Chief Marketing Officer at Kitcatt Nohr. Since joining Havas Helia in 2014, she has overseen the global rebrand of the agency and major new business wins including The Co-operative Bank, Gap, Peperami and Regus. In 2015 Tracey was promoted to UK Chief Marketing Officer, leading a marketing and new business team working across Havas Creative Group. Tracey has also been a non-executive director at the Ministry of Defence since 2012 and was the vice-chairman at the 2Gether Foundation Trust, a specialist NHS trust providing social and mental healthcare services.