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BD100: the UK's best business developers revealed


By The Drum Team, Editorial

November 6, 2019 | 10 min read

The top 100 business developers in UK agencies can now be revealed as we publish the BD100 list for 2019.



Founded last year to shine a much-deserved spotlight on the unsung heroes driving growth in creative agencies, the BD100 recognises the best in the business of business development. You can see this year's 100, chosen following an open nominations process and a public vote, in full below.

The list is the brainchild of Jody Osman (managing director of Upfront, part of the Propeller Group) and Richard McHardy (founder of The McHardy Collective), who have partnered with The Drum to bring attention to these crucial – but rarely publicly recognised – talents within agencies.

As part of the partnership, the BD100 inductees will be celebrated at The Drum's Pitch Perfect event – dedicated to helping agencies expand their new business skills and knowledge – in London on 20 November. The special BD100 celebratory evening and Business Development Awards will take place as part of the conference and you can get your ticket here.

Gordon Young, editor-in-chief of The Drum, said: "We all recognise that new business is the lifeblood of any successful agency, and yet the people responsible for delivering it so rarely get the public acclaim they deserve.

"That's why we're so excited to support the BD100, which is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate these unsung heroes of the marketing industry. They are the people who not only deserve our recognition but also our attention, as we can all learn so much from the way they operate. We can't wait to meet them at Pitch Perfect."

Adam Gallucci, head of business development, Sagittarius

Alana Herington, marketing and new business manager, Nelson Bostock Unlimited

Albert Millis, COO, Virtual Umbrella

Alex Johnson, senior new business manager, Born Social

Amad Tababa, digital director, Champions (UK)

Anastasia Innes, head of business development, OMD Worldwide

Andrew Morgan, chief troublemaker, Wayout Consulting

Angus Griffin, UK new business lead, Three Whiskey

Anna Stone, new business director, Ogilvy UK

Ash Clark, new business manager, Jones Knowles Ritchie

Bailee-Kate Griggs, director of network growth, Local Planet International

Ben Phillips, client development director, 1HQ Global

Ben Potter, independent adviser and mentor

Brad Smith, director, Succeed Digital Consulting

Bronwen Andrews, head of business development, UK & Europe, Grayling

Caitlin Brennan, new business director, VCCP

Camilla Cramsie, head of new business and marketing, Creature

Carolina Mandich, head of business development, DixonBaxi

Caroline Sparkes, head of growth, George P Johnson UK

Cat Hartland, business development manager, Big Radical

Charlie Martyn, new business director, Wunderman Thompson UK

Charlotte Anderson, director, GrowthNB

Christian Brock, sales consultant, Salestechnic

Christine Cawthorne, director, Crocstar Media

Dan Saunders, senior solutions manager, Blue Claw

David Gordon, senior new business and marketing manager, Omnicom Media Group UK

David Gray, head of business development, Catalyx

Edd Weller, brand partnerships director, Ingenuity / Pride in London

Eddie Frame, business development manager, Sense Marketing Services

Ellie Jones, business development director, Omobono

Erica Pew, business development consultant, Well Heeled Consultancy

Fiona Campbell-Stonebanks, business development manager, Croud

Fran Brook, new business & marketing director, Crispin Porter Bogusky

Gareth Evans, growth director, Cogent

Gemma Cutler-Colclough, head of marketing and new business, RPM

Geoff Lentin, new business director, Kagool

George Gilmore, business director, rEvolution

George Perry, business development manager, Honey Creative

George Read, business director, Tangent

Georgie Power, business development director, Upfront Business Development

Harpreet Bushell, commercial director, Valtech

Helen Lee, marketing & business development director, Wunderman Thompson UK

Huw Wigley, client engagement director, mcm creative

India Pearce, account director, Crush Creative

Ingrid Olmesdahl, partner development manager, Microsoft

Jack Williams, head of new business, Atomic London

James Browne, director, 4 Roads

James Byrne, growth & reputation director, Dragon Rouge

James Lilley, new business director, McCann

Jemima Monies, deputy MD & head of new business & PR, adam&eveDDB

Joe Carter, communications eirector, Colenso BBDO

Joel Spence, chief growth officer, Edit - part of Kin + Carta

Jon Spary, new business director, We Are Futures

Jonathan Jesson, chief growth officer, McCann Central

Joshua Robertson, UK business development lead, Publicis Media

Kate Barker, business development director, R/GA

Katie Elliott, head of new business, Mother

Katie Street, new business growth consultant, Street / Tribal Worldwide London

Kay Edwin, client services director, Freestyle

Kerry Gibson, new business director, Ogilvy UK

Laura Brown, head of new business, Engine

Laura Holme, director, Ballyhoo Coaching & Consulting

Laura Vipond, group new business director, Karmarama

Lawrence Francis, executive director, Premier Public Relations

Lewis Wilkins, head of new business & growth, 4media group UK

Lucy Freedman, business development director, The Beyond Collective

Lucy Snell, co-founder, Cherry

Luke McQuillan, group new business lead, Cult LDN

Lydia Smith, new business director, M&C Saatchi

Lyndsay Haywood, director of business development & marketing, FleishmanHillard Fishburn

Martyn Hill, business development director, Firefish Group

Matt Chinn, senior business development manager, Croud

Matt Deegan, senior business development manager, AmazeRealise

Matt Lambert, head of business development, TMW Unlimited

Mike D.M. Williams, business development director, Strawberrysoup & Thinking Juice

Mike Friend, head of business development, Honchō

Natalie Richardson, new business and marketing director, agenda21

Natasha Green, digital account manager, Hallam

Neil Clayton, head of sales & marketing, ORM

Neil van Ginsburg, group business development director, Captivate Group

Nick Tether, business development director, Set Creative

Oliver Bell, new business director, Jellyfish

Rebecca McEwan, business development manager, Dentsu Aegis Network

Richard Carroll, managing director, Richer Business Solutions

Richard Lee, group business development manager, Captivate Group

Robert Yardy, head of business development, MMT Digital

Sam Meade, business development manager, mso

Samuel Hall, director, Thirsty Thoughts

Sari Morein, head of new business, ACNE

Shalaka Darshane, CSS partnerships manager, NMPi

Siji Onabanjo, growth director, Cyber-Duck

Simon Ambrose, new business director, MediaCom

Simon Bell, general manager, Just So

Simon Cole, VP business development EMEA, Momentum Design Lab

Sophia 'Puff' Story, chief puff, 3 SIDED CUBE

Steve Garside, head of new business & marketing, MRM//McCann

Storm Keys, enterprise business development director EMEA, Peach

Trevor Armel, business development manager, McCann Enterprise

Yasmin Malecki, business development manager, Adzuna

Yuri Patriarca, business development director, Nugno

Tickets are still available for Pitch Perfect and the BD100 ceremony. Get yours now.


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