David founded Bray Leino, one of the UK’s first truly integrated Agencies, in 1974 and was its CEO until 2008. He became Non- Executive Chairman of Bray Leino in 2008 and was appointed Chairman of themission in April 2010. Before founding Bray Leino he worked in a number of London advertising agencies including Dorlands.
Robert is Executive Chairman of ThinkBDW, a company he founded as Robert Day Associates in 1987 at the age of 22. Re-branding as ThinkBDW in 2004, Robert has led the company to its position as the leading property marketing specialist in the UK. The business was acquired by themission in March 2007 and Robert joined the Board in April 2010. He was appointed Deputy Chairman of themission in 2018.
Group Chief Executive
Previously CEO of bigdog, James started out Client-side before working for various agencies, both UK and internationally, within Omnicom and WPP. He created balloon dog in 2008 having led an MBO of Fox Murphy. balloon dog was acquired by themission and James was appointed to the Board in October 2012. Recently James has chaired themission’s Integrated Agencies Business Unit and is CEO of the Group’s IIoT Asset Tracking business, Pathfindr. James was promoted to Group Chief Executive in April 2019.
Dylan is Chief Creative Officer of bigdog and oversees all creative output for the Agency across four UK locations. He had built a successful business by the age of 24 and this was used as the bedrock for the launch of Big Communications in 1996 which was acquired by themission in 2006. Dylan was appointed to the Board in April 2010 and also chairs themission Creative Directors Forum.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ financial and management advisory experience in private and quoted companies across a range of industry sectors. Finance Director of Business Post Group plc (now UK Mail Group plc) from 1999-2006, he helped take it into the FTSE 250. Peter supported themission through its refinancing in April 2010 and joined the Board in September 2010.
An entrepreneur and PE investor with significant experience in marketing and consulting services. In 1986 Julian co-founded FTI Consulting, one of Europe’s largest business communications consultancies and following its sale in 1999, became COO of Lighthouse Global Network. In 2001 he joined US-based PE firm Lake Capital before co-founding Iceni Capital in 2007, investing in UK-based business services companies. He joined the Board in October 2015.
Giles joined Bray Leino in 2005 as Group Finance Director following his successful role in transforming Merrydown plc from its fundamental financial restructure in 2000 to its acquisition in 2005. Giles was appointed CFO/COO of Bray Leino in 2011 and Executive Chairman in 2013 and has overseen many acquisitions and a number of strategic investments. He was appointed to the Board in March 2013 and became Commercial Director for themission in July 2018.
Sue is Chief Executive of Story and started her advertising career in London before moving to Branns in Cirencester. In 1990 she moved to Edinburgh to head up One Agency. She left in 2002 and, alongside three colleagues, set up Story, an award-winning communications agency. Story was acquired by themission in 2007 and Sue joined the Board in June 2012.
Andy’s career began with Cadbury Schweppes plc in marketing, ultimately managing the Typhoo brands. He has extensive board experience of FTSE companies Taunton Cider, Matthew Clark, Merrydown and Photo-Scan. He has UK and international experience with K&L Gates LLP, the global law firm and with PE backed Brand Addition, Tristar Worldwide, History Press and Pureprint Group. He also chairs Vaultex UK Ltd, the UK’s leading manager of cash, owned by HSBC and Barclays. He chaired Somerset CCC and has served as a director of the English & Wales Cricket Board. Andy was appointed to the Board on 1 August 2018.
After working at some of the best regional agencies in the UK, Mike founded Chapter, along with his two Creative Director partners, in April 2009. The three of them went on to build Chapter into an award-winning, internationally respected creative agency. themission acquired Chapter in November 2015 and Mike was appointed to the Board in January 2016.
Fiona is Chief Executive of April Six and AprilSix Proof and has worked in the technology industry for over 20 years, holding both client and agency positions, with some of the world’s largest technology brands. Fiona was a founder of April Six and has managed its success as a well-respected global technology Agency with offices in London, San Francisco, Singapore and Beijing. Fiona joined the Board in April 2010 and now chairs the Sector Specialist Agencies Business Unit.