Manning Gottlieb OMD

Media Week
Agency of the Year 2013

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At OMD we are dedicated to our clients’ growth. It starts with our unwavering commitment to deliver sharper insights, smarter ideas and stronger results.

At Manning Gottlieb OMD we believe the creative use of media is essential in helping our clients. Creativity builds brands, demands attention, captures the imagination and fuels conversations while delivering more cost effective business results for our clients.

Discover what inspires the most awarded agency network in the world and how more powerful insights, ideas and results can unlock greater success for your brand.

"Manning Gottlieb OMD are an extension of the John Lewis marketing team; a business partner for over 6 years. Their passion for and commitment to the John Lewis brand coupled with a highly effective, creative and collaborative approach delivers real business results. John Lewis is the first brand to have ever held the IPA Effectiveness Grand Prix, the Marketing Society Award for Long Term Excellence and a Cannes Effectiveness Lion all at the same time and MG OMD were central to this success."

Craig InglisDirector, Marketing, John Lewis

Our Work

Awards

Media Agency of the Year 2013

Media Agency of the Year 2013

John Lewis, Gold, Creative Effectiveness

John Lewis, Gold, Creative Effectiveness

Waitrose, Winner, Best Mobile Traffic-driving Campaign

Waitrose, Winner, Best Mobile Traffic-driving Campaign

Virgin Media, Gold, Specialist Communications

Virgin Media, Gold, Specialist Communications

Virgin Media. Gold, Interactive, Entertainment Website, Game

Virgin Media. Gold, Interactive, Entertainment Website, Game

Sony Pictures, Gold, Use of Technical Innovation

Sony Pictures, Gold, Use of Technical Innovation

John Lewis, Winner, Best Use of TV in an Integrated Campaign

John Lewis, Winner, Best Use of TV in an Integrated Campaign

Nissan, Winner, Special Award for the Best Low Budget Sponsorship

Nissan, Winner, Special Award for the Best Low Budget Sponsorship

lastminute.com. Gold, Best Use of Continuity of Outdoor

lastminute.com. Gold, Best Use of Continuity of Outdoor

Google, Cannes Media Lions Grand Prix 2012

Google, Cannes Media Lions Grand Prix 2012

John Lewis, Gold, Best Use of Ongoing TV 2012

John Lewis, Gold, Best Use of Ongoing TV 2012

Virgin Media, Gold, Best Integrated Campaign 2012

Virgin Media, Gold, Best Integrated Campaign 2012

Sony PlayStation, Gold, Best Social Media Campaign 2012

Sony PlayStation, Gold, Best Social Media Campaign 2012

John Lewis, Grand Prix.  IPA Awards 2012

John Lewis, Grand Prix. IPA Awards 2012

John Lewis, Gold.  IPA Awards 2012

John Lewis, Gold. IPA Awards 2012

Waitrose, Gold.  IPA Awards 2012

Waitrose, Gold. IPA Awards 2012

Nissan ‘Behind the Hit’, Gold, Best Automotive Campaign. New Media Age Awards 2012

Nissan ‘Behind the Hit’, Gold, Best Automotive Campaign. New Media Age Awards 2012

Waitrose, Gold, Best Retail Campaign. New Media Age Awards 2012

Waitrose, Gold, Best Retail Campaign. New Media Age Awards 2012

John Lewis, Gold, Marketing Communications. Marketing Society Awards 2012

John Lewis, Gold, Marketing Communications. Marketing Society Awards 2012

Our People

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Robert Ffitch

Chief Executive Officer

A founding member of the agency since its 1990 launch, Robert has led Manning Gottlieb OMD to significant growth for eight consecutive years, delivering 55% growth in the last four years alone. Through Robert’s leadership he has built the most enviable client list in town, if not globally, and his dedication to developing greater partnerships is evidenced by fifteen of the agency’s clients being with us for more than ten years.

With a transparent leadership style, Robert brings out the very best in all agency staff by inspiring loyalty and ambition, tenacity, curiosity and imagination from the bottom up. Having worked within the media industry for over 28 years, Robert uses his unrivalled industry knowledge to focus on the Agency’s longer term strategy and service, acquiring new clients, hiring and developing great talent and winning awards across the spectrum of the business including the 2012 Cannes Media Grand Prix, as well as the IPA Effectiveness Grand Prix with Adam & Eve DDB in the same year - a UK media first.
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Paul Knight

Chief Operating Officer

Paul joined Manning Gottlieb OMD in 1996, during which time he has held a number of positions including Deputy Head of Broadcast and Group Account Director. He is now our Chief Operating Officer and sits on the agency's Strategic Board. Paul's primary responsibility is to lead and manage the successful commercial growth of the agency and to manage the day to day operations of the business. This includes leading and transforming the agency’s organisational effectiveness and ensuring we are investing in the right areas to ensure success over the long term.

Paul is also tasked with overseeing all commercial arrangements with our clients, whilst helping manage some of our key accounts and ensuring that we live and breathe our ethos of continually creating a difference in everything we do.
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Amy Robbins

Executive Director, Head of People

Amy joined Manning Gottlieb OMD in 2007 in a stand-alone role tasked with looking after everything to do with “people” including recruitment, benefits, and inductions. Since then the agency has grown 60% to over 260 people of 4 different generations, and over 15 different departments requiring diverse skill sets. Amy now heads up a small dedicated People Team, responsible for ensuring Manning Gottlieb OMD is looking after and getting the best from its greatest asset – our people. She does this by continuing to adapt our recruitment, investment, and management strategy to keep ahead of the times and make sure we are hiring and retaining the best talent in the industry. Under Amy’s leadership, Manning Gottlieb’s learning and development programme has been awarded an IPA CPD Gold Accreditation.

Amy has 10 years' HR experience, and having completed her Masters in Personnel Development in 2008, is a chartered member of the CIPD.
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Matt Thomas

Executive Director, Head of Social Change & Wellbeing Team

Matt runs the Social Change & Wellbeing team at Manning Gottlieb OMD which houses an eclectic mix of client business including Virgin Holidays and Virgin Active, Nissan and the agency’s Government interests.  Matt read History at Oxford University, played rugby until the first of his two children arrived (a while ago now!) but still holds a season ticket at Bath, is a Francophile and lives in Woking.
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Claire Marker

Executive Director, Head of Communications Planning

Claire's career in media spans 15 years, 13 of which have been spent at Manning Gottlieb OMD. Prior to becoming Head of Communications Planning in 2010, Claire has held a number of positions within the agency, including Business Director across clients such as Nissan, Starbucks and Waitrose, and has experience across Travel, e-commerce, Retail, Fashion, Charity and Automotive.
 
In addition to specific account responsibility across a number of clients, she sits on the Client Service Team, as well as over-seeing the Communications Planning department, ensuring that they are happy, motivated, creative and efficient in the work which we do for clients.
 
Outside of work, golfing is a big focus, and she has finally cracked the elusive sub 100 round!  
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Katie Eyton

Executive Director, Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Katie is responsible for driving greater efficiency throughout the agency, including identifying new remuneration structures and ways of working to improve productivity.
 
Katie has spent 10 of her 14 years in media at Manning Gottlieb OMD, building digital expertise and services across the agency. Additional to her Head of Operations role she also sits on the agency's Performance Management Team, responsible for training and best practice in Direct Response planning, with a particular focus on digital direct response and real time bidding.
 
A clear high flyer, Katie decided to take this literally by abseiling down Canary Wharf in 2013. 
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Chris Waters

Executive Director, Finance Director

Previously a Chartered Accountant with a leading finance organisation until 2002, Chris saw the light and left practice to plunge into the world of media. He joined Omnicom Media Group in 2009 in a senior European Finance role, and moved to Manning Gottlieb OMD as Finance Director at the start of 2013.
 
Chris’ main responsibility is to ensure the business hits all of its financial targets, and works in close liaison with the Commercial team on client contracts, pitches, and commercial negotiations amongst others.
 
Outside of the office Chris regularly attends Crystal Palace matches and as media spokesman for its Supporters Trust is sometimes on a TV or a radio or in a newspaper near you! He is also keen on wine, having sat numerous professional exams, and is always happy to share his learnings over a bottle, or two.
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Steve Edwards

Executive Director, Head of Beyond

Steve has been a board director of Manning Gottlieb OMD for 6 of his 18 years in media, and has a breadth of management experience with the biggest brands across automotive, retail, and gaming to name a few.
 
Identifying a new opportunity, Steve set up Beyond at Manning Gottlieb in 2011. Beyond is a growth consultancy for entrepreneurial businesses that was inspired by a brief from a CEO that simply asked ‘double the size of my business’. This led to creating a completely new model of delivering media, working with the client in every way to create sustainable demand to achieve their business goals; from business planning and analysis, to acquisition campaigns, and identifying and implementing completely new creative approaches to solve business problems.  This approach is particularly relevant for fast moving organisations creating new sectors and business models.  Steve’s latest emerging sector passion is for personal data and pull marketing which has a huge potential to reinvent the relationship between consumers, businesses and so the role of advertising.
 
Over the last 10 years Steve has been attending night classes to achieve diplomas in marketing, wine and viticulture.  He’s currently putting these to good use building a vineyard from scratch in Slovenia.  Expect the first vintage / hangover in 2015.
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Toby Heiser

Chief Client Officer

As Chief Client Officer, Toby is responsible for ensuring Manning Gottlieb OMD continuously delivers the better service to clients, making sure our clients are not only at the forefront of our business, but that every touch point they have with the agency is as good as it can be.

Toby organises numerous bespoke events bringing our clients together to get inspired, meet each other, and give them a forum to share challenges and explore ways of working together.

Joining Manning Gottlieb OMD over 10 years ago, Toby set up the agency's entertainment department - invENTS - in 2005, which houses all of our entertainment focused clients including Sony Pictures, PlayStation, Square Enix, and Pokemon. Toby also heads up the outdoor planning and buying within the agency.
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Gail Alexander-Cahill

Head of New Business and Marketing

As Head of New Business and Marketing, Gail has a dual role within the agency. Leading the marketing remit, Gail is charged with making the agency famous by sharing the great creative thinking, ideas and solutions of our people which is evidenced by the proven business success of our clients. Plus as Head of New Business, Gail is also responsible for leading our teams to deliver successful new business pitches, helping to deliver double digit growth and expanding the agency’s experience and expertise across a broad range of sectors.

With over 10 years at Manning Gottlieb OMD under her belt, Gail has in depth knowledge of the workings of the agency, having gained invaluable experience across a number of roles from radio planning and buying, to account management, before gravitating to a focused new business role.

 

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Tim Pearson

Executive Director, Head of Retail & Agency Development

Tim has been with Manning Gottlieb OMD for over 10 years and as Head of Retail has spent the last six years leading and developing our retail team, building close and successful relationships with a number of iconic retail brands such as John Lewis, Waitrose and Specsavers. Under Tim’s leadership the Retail team, with over 40 dedicated specialists, has produced some of the most creative and effective work in the field, winning some of the industry’s biggest awards including a grand prix, two golds and a silver at the IPA Effectiveness awards, a Gold Lion at Cannes and a grand prix and gold at the Thinkbox planning awards.

Tim is also responsible for agency development so that the agency is fit for the future of media and communications. This means ensuring that our structure, skills, talent and behaviours reflect the new connected world that we live in.
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Emma Mee

Executive Director, Head of Evidence

Emma has worked at Manning Gottlieb OMD for nearly 14 years and has 16 years’ experience in the industry. Emma is responsible for our DR thinking and capabilities, as well as developing and heading up Evidence, our newly formed uber-insight, research, analytics and visualisation hub. Emma’s role here is to ensure we are joining up numerous sources of insight and data to deliver really effective and accountable planning and strong measurement and evaluation. Emma has led Evidence for just over a year and prior to this ran acquisition focused accounts in the agency such as Virgin Media and Virgin Holidays. Emma has a wealth of experience across a number of sectors including Insurance and Finance.
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Paddy Adams

Executive Director, Head of Strategy

As Head of Strategy, Paddy is responsible for ensuring his department is driving the agency’s thinking about how brands and consumers interact, with a particular focus on how a brand’s behaviour and body language affects its success. He has 14 years’ experience in the industry, both at advertising agencies and media agencies, working on a range of iconic brands including Specsavers, lastminute.com, Change 4 Life, Sony PlayStation and Waitrose.

Paddy is also responsible for defining the agency's brand and inspiring all employees to live Manning Gottlieb OMD's values of ambition, curiosity, tenacity and imagination.
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Clare Peters

Executive Director, Head of Planning

As Head of Planning, Clare is responsible for the overall planning output of the agency, ensuring planning solutions are at a higher level of creativity and effectiveness. Clare has been at Manning Gottlieb OMD for eight years and has a wealth of experience in brand planning, having worked with an impressive portfolio of brands including FMCG non-alcoholic drinks brands, Carling, PlayStation, and government youth crime, to name a few. The recent success of John Lewis and the brand’s continuing rise, including winning the Creative Effectiveness Cannes Lion, is one part of her time at Manning Gottlieb OMD that Clare is most proud of.
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Michael Florence

Creative Director

Mike has been within the Omnicom group for six years, and in his current role as Creative Director at Manning Gottlieb OMD for two. Working with clients such as PlayStation, Asics, Cobra Beer and VAA, Mike’s primary role is to boost the generation of creative ideas that capture the ever more divided attention of target audiences, driving effectiveness in client communications. A great example is the PlayStation Vita campaign in which we partnered with ‘band of the moment’ Rizzle Kicks to launch the brand new console at the Brits.

Mike is also charged with applying creativity to our own brand through initiatives such as Manning Gottlieb Productions, responsible for producing the UK's first Media Agency beer, Seymour Brew. As our resident creative evangelist, it is Mike's responsibility to ensure that creativity is the lifeblood of the agency, for example by creating a competition (the CANNESdidates) to send two Manning Gottlieb OMD employees to the global festival of creativity, Cannes.
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Natalie Bell

Executive Director, Head of Digital

Natalie has been at Manning Gottlieb OMD for over six years, and in that time has created the highly awarded social and mobile departments as well as integrating the online and offline planning teams, almost doubling the digital teams in the last few years. As Head of Digital at Manning Gottlieb OMD, Natalie looks after all areas of digital planning including Display, Search, Social and Mobile and works with some of the UK’s top brands including Virgin Media, John Lewis, Waitrose and Starbucks.

Passionate about development and nurturing better digital talent, Natalie has created the first agency-backed Certificate in Digital Marketing ‘Platform’ in partnership with the IDM, an accreditation in which all members of Manning Gottlieb OMD are currently taking part. Additionally, under her guidance, many of her team are recognised as leaders in their field, with several named in The Drum ‘Top’ lists, including Mobile 50 and Top 30 Women under 30.

Natalie was voted fifth and the top woman in the prestigious Drum Digerati, recognising the 100 key players setting the agenda across the digital marketing industries in the UK.
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Chris Walsh

Executive Director, Joint Head of Investment

Since joining the agency six years ago, Chris has held a number of roles within the investment team. Whether as an Investment Director within the TV department or heading up the agencies digital trading, Chris has combined his TV and digital expertise and brought a tenacious approach to delivering value for the agencies clients.

In his current role as the Joint Head of Investment, Chris works with Lewis Shaw to lead a talented Investment team, trading and negotiating across all media channels. Constantly evolving the agency’s Investment strategy, working closely with Opera, the Omnicom trading arm and developing new approaches to trading, Chris ensures that the team are thoroughly equipped to deliver best-in-class media campaigns, whilst delivering tremendous value for clients.

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Meet Caroline

Caroline Clear

Account Director

PATH OR JOURNEY
I studied English in Leeds University, travelled the world for two years, and fell happily into the world of media on my return.

EVOLUTION
Aside from my knowledge of the media landscape, the biggest thing I've developed is confidence. This is the perfect place to work to overcome shyness!

PASSION IN PRACTICE
Be curious and open- Manning Gottlieb OMD's culture certainly encourages this. Never be afraid to try new things that push yourself and your client.

THE OMD EXPERIENCE
Fun, colloborative, open and rewarding.
Zehra Chatoo Profile

Meet Zehra

Zehra Chatoo

Strategy Director

Path or Journey
Drama, a stint in journalism, a degree in Economics, and brand planning and strategy over on client side have all shaped the role I’m in today.

Inspiration Tactics
Getting out of my head and onto the streets. London is jam-packed with new openings, exhibitions and events to keep me inspired.

Dynamism
I would describe myself as - strategist, magazine junkie, shoe lover, general muser, people watcher.

Entrepreneurial logic
Entrepreneurial thinking is punching above your weight, finding innovative and creative ways to exaggerate share of voice and gain attention, and not being afraid to take risks.

Passion in practice
I read anything I can get my hands on and spend a lot of time on blogs. I also benefit from sitting next to our crystal ball, the Head of Futures!
Frankie Bonett Profile

Meet Frankie

Frankie Bonett

Account Executive, FUSE

SAGE ADVICE
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, everyone is a beginner once during their career. And the best way to learn is to do.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES
As a graduate I’ve had ‘Gradland’ training, and it’s great to know that even senior colleagues are still expanding their skills with various courses.

OUR DOMAIN
I love that even with 250+ people in the office the majority know each other by first name, perhaps because new starters run the Friday beer trolley.

THE OMD EXPERIENCE
The team ethos is fantastic, we all work really hard but have a lot laughs along the way, and always go the extra mile to help each other out.
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Meet Warren

Warren Breslau

Campaign Management Account Manager

The OMD Experience
Manning Gottlieb OMD has a very unique identity. Three years in the job and counting, I wouldn’t have made it this far without a genuine community with my colleagues.

Extracurricular
Between deplorable dancing at media parties and a few ballads on the karaoke, there’s usually time for a drink at our beloved local, ‘The Dev.'

Diverse experiences

There is so much data out there, knowing when and how to apply it in a creative way is tricky. This job challenges your brain!

Sage advice
Maintain a healthy media diet. It’s in a world of constant evolution. Don’t get left behind.

Our domain
You’re constantly kept on your toes with vital decision making: smooth or crunchy peanut butter?

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Manning Gottlieb OMD

Robert Ffitch CEO

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Seymour Mews House 26-37 Seymour Mews London W1H 6BN

T: +44 (0) 20 7470 5300

Seymour Mews House

26-37 Seymour Mews

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W1H 6BN

T: +44 (0) 20 7470 5300

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