Heavyweight agency growth accelerator

Welcome. I’m a heavyweight agency chairman and specialist growth accelerator. I work with founders who have reached a plateau to triple revenue or sell at a premium. I bring experience and rigour, and using a highly effective structured approach help owners build heavy-lifting teams and industry-leading companies.

Acting as a catalyst.

Putting the growth framework into place.

Building the succession team.

And holding leadership to account.

During a career as a CEO I founded six agencies, led a multi-discipline group, and did an unusual amount of agency M&A. Since 2014 I’ve had the privilege of chairing some of the industry’s most successful agencies and some amazing tech start-ups.

I help owners scale up fast, identifying the specific actions required to accelerate growth, doing the necessary training, and holding the team’s feet to the flames. This isn’t the usual non-exec role: it’s about helping action-oriented owners and CEOs who have decided they want to achieve specific goals.

We’ve achieved more in the first month than we usually do in a year.
Adam Smith, MD, Rawnet
  • A Little Bird
  • Alpha Century
  • ATA.One
  • Beep
  • Deeson
  • Elevate
  • Impero
  • MomentumABM
  • Nucco Brain
  • Rawnet
  • Verb Brands
  • White Bear

The agency acceleration programme triples agency revenue.

The Strategy/Execution Map formula cuts through the clutter, combining brilliant agency positioning, structural integrity, modern best practise management, and senior team alignment to achieve exceptional growth. The process delivers the framework for scalability, creates incredible team coherence, and sets the stage – through the proprietary Growth Lab format – for leadership succession.

I’ve worked with over thirty leading agencies in the UK and USA and consistently deliver industry-leading results, including:

  • Led the development of new positioning – “We make tired brands famous again” – then chaired Impero as the team doubled revenue in two years. In 2018 Impero won five agency of the year awards, including The Drum’s Agency of the Year
  • Again with a new proposition, “The creative agency for entrepreneurs”, I chaired Alpha Century as it grew from a seven-person advertising agency to £35m billings in eighteen months
  • Over two years MomentumABM went from £1.8 million revenue to £6 million (with £1m EBIT) and launched in the USA, winning $1 million of new business in its first year.

As well as these two-year growth accelerator programmes I run in-company workshops to develop dominant agency propositions and marketing strategies, and consult on M&A, exit preparation and how to drive up sale value.

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