TMW's Chris Pearce and Richmond Events' David Clark confirmed in final line up for Brief Encounters pitching event

Managing director at TMW Chris Pearce and David Clark, project manager at Richmond Events have been confirmed as last-minute additions to the Brief Encounters line-up – an event designed to address the challenges agencies face when pitching.

New business: The event takes place in London in November

Pearce will share his opinions on remuneration at the event in just over a week while Clark will discuss where marketers are spending their budgets and what they think of agencies.

The pair join John Wright at the event, the director of strategic business development EMEA at McCann, alongside Tom Ollerton, marketing director at We Are Social; Leah Katz, managing director, digital, at Edelman; James Gordon-MacIntosh, managing partner at Hope&Glory PR; Julian Pullan, president EMEA, Jack Morton Worldwide; Michael Islip, managing director at DigitasLBi; Miro Walker, CEO, Cognifide; Jonathan Sands, OBE chairman at Elmwood; and Natalie Mead, managing partner, new business and marketing at OMD UK.

Wright commented: “People within our agencies are the reason we win or lose and are as much our ‘product’ as our creative work is, therefore choosing the right ones and getting the best from them is essential.”

Client-side speakers at the event, include Sam Viollet, external agency and business manager at Central Marketing Organisation, Microsoft; Bryan Scott, marketing communications director, Metro; Rob Jones, group category manager, procurement, Talk Talk; Kristof Fahy, chief marketing officer at William Hill; and Claire Thomas, marketing and communications procurement manager, M&S.

Camilla Honey, managing director at JFDI and client-agency consultant Tina Fegent will also be speaking.

The event will shine a light on how agencies can optimise internal organisation to help win new business and better understand what clients are looking for.

Brief Encounters takes place in partnership with the Recommended Agency Register (RAR) and MiNetwork at the Hallam Conference Centre in London on 7 November.

Places can be booked now on the website

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