THIS IS OUR BOARD - COMPRISING A CORE COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE* INCLUDING OUR NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS - AND THE ENTREPRENEURS WHO LEAD OUR AGENCIES EACH OF WHOM, LIKE MANY OF OUR STAFF, ARE SHAREHOLDERS IN THEMISSION GROUP WITH A PERSONAL INVESTMENT IN OUR SHARED SUCCESS AND THE GROWTH OF OUR GROUP AS A WHOLE.
David founded Bray Leino, the Group’s largest Agency, 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.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant with nearly 30 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 services. In 1986 Julian co-founded what is now 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 2006, investing in UK-based business services companies. He joined the Board in October 2015.
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman
Chris was a founder partner of Big Communications, brought by themission in 2005 prior to its AIM listing in 2006. Chris has over 35 years’ industry knowledge having previously been Managing Director of Cogent Elliott, one of the UK’s top three regional advertising agencies. Chris stepped back from an operational role and was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in December 2009.
Dylan is Chief Creative Officer of bigdog and was one of the founding partners of Big Communications. 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. Dylan oversees all creative output for bigdog across three UK locations. Dylan was appointed to the Board in April 2010.
Chief Executive of bigdog, James started out Client-side before working for various agencies within the global networks that are 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.
Robert is Chief Executive 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.
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 strategic investments. He was appointed to the Board in March 2013 and became Group Commercial Director for themission on 1 January 2018.
Sue is Chief Executive of Story and started her advertising career at Branns in Cirencester before moving to Edinburgh to head up One Agency. She left in 2002 and, alongside three colleagues, set up Story, an award-winning creative and direct communications Agency. Story was acquired by themission in 2007 and Sue joined the Board in June 2012.
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 nearly 25 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 and Singapore. Fiona joined the Board in April 2010.