Season ONE Speakers

Agency Growth Events brings together the sharpest minds from the world of Digital Agencies & Brands.

Register now to hear from our 25+ expert speakers and meet with peers at our networking-first events.

Dr. Baris Onay, Co-Founder and CEO, Precision Communities and Agency Growth Events

Barış is an entrepreneurial executive with 15+ years of experience in B2B media, events, exhibitions and conferences. He’s held Leadership roles in Growth, Digital, Marketing, Transformation, M&A and divestment projects at world leading Exhibition Organisers based out of London. Having led strategy and marketing for 100+ shows worldwide, Barış has operating experience in tail and headwind situations at emerging and developed markets alike.

As a frequent speaker and a thought leader in the world of events, Barış is also the Chairperson of VSef, the Virtual Standard Export Format, an open-source data sharing platform for the B2B events industry.

Agop Niksarlioglu MBA, Co-Founder and CDO, Precision Communities and Agency Growth Events

Agop is passionate about bringing meaningful change across organisations and teams from defining cultures and operationalising processes to championing ‘all things digital’ and enhancing customer experience.

He’s incurred battle scars of all sizes and shapes for about 15 years throughout his journeys across Digital, Data, Advertising, B2B Media, Technology Implementation, Foreign Trade, Exhibitions and Conferences.

Pieras Bearne, Founder & CEO, Collingwood Advisory

Piers is a serial entrepreneur and value creation adviser. Collingwood Advisory helps entrepreneurs to scale up and prepare for sale. He has over 25 years’ experience in media and has been MD of Terrapinn, CEO of Clarion Conferences, Founder of Rock Media and has co-founded several specialised B2B media and events companies.

Mark Griffin MBE, Founding Partner, PurposeFused Purposeful Brands
Mark’s career has been uniquely balanced between commercial (big finance and sport) and non-profit (education) sectors, having followed a passion which led him to discover his own purpose as ‘creating opportunities that inspire people to go forward as the ultimate version of themselves and make the world a better place’. 
 
He has acquired extensive leadership experience in organisation, program and culture design, social impact strategy and measurement; team performance and stakeholder engagement. 
Notable highlights from his journey to date include three social impact organisations in the non-profit sector that he founded – two headquartered in NYC, one in London. This, combined with his experience as a National Team athlete, coach and coach educator, has enabled Mark to be immersed in high performing cultures for over 25 years.
 
Mark thrives on connecting and inspiring people through collaboration around shared purpose, that unearths potential, aligns group objectives, improves performance and ignites meaningful change. We welcome him to the AGE community and look forward to gaining insight into the PurposeFused methodology.
Neil Turnham, Founding Partner, PurposeFused Purposeful Brands
Neil has 25 years of broad experience in HR & Talent management. He is an ICF accredited transformational coach and change leader who has worked in local and global organisations of all sizes across a wide array of sectors. 
 
He is a purpose-believer and passionate about helping people and organisations focus on what matters to them, enabling them to build the future and create the impact they want. 
Neil joins the AGE Community this September and will explain how PurposeFused partner with people on their journey towards exploring and finding their purpose and living it authentically. 
Ezgi Ada, Growth Academy Director, NBT Digital Growth Marketing Digital Agency
Ezgi managed banking relations across hundreds of banks ranging from the USA,  China, Russia to Africa during her tenure at Yapikredi Bank for six years. 

An MA in Marketing by education, she decided to re-embark on the marketing journey as a Growth Marketing Consultant at NBT (Next Big Thing). There, she’s orchestrated the global growth journey of more than 30 tech and fintech companies. 

Ezgi joins the AGE community as NBT Growth Academy’s Director in addition to her acceleration and mentorship roles at London & Partners and Endeavor. 

Brands will have the exclusive opportunity to join Ezgi’s ‘Growth Marketing Crash Course’ to discover the methodology and techniques used in building growth marketing teams.
Oliver Merlin, Director, Latitude38
Oliver is a successful change & transformation professional with a wealth of blue-chip experience gathered over 25 years in business. He learnt his trade as a management consultant at Accenture and then went on to work for a series of renowned multi-nationals and high-profile organisations such as Linklaters, the FSA (now FCA), BAT and EMI Music.  

In the last 10 years Oliver has specialised in B2B media. He has worked in a senior change & transformation capacity at Ascential (EMAP & i2i), ITE / Hyve and GlobalData as well as taking on senior operational roles.
 
Oliver specialises in instigating and embedding profound change in organisations, teams and individuals and has a deep understanding of the impact of technology, digital and data on a business having built and led digital teams.
Matt Coyne, Co-founder, twigged
Matt Coyne, connector of people, spaces and technology.
 
Currently Digital Director for Raccoon Events, podcaster at Waves Connects and Co-founder of twigged, your global events wallet. 

Matt has over 15 years of experience working in the events and exhibitions industry with a broad knowledge of organising, design, digital and insight-based products, opportunities and experiences.
Tim Groot, CEO and Founder, Grip Virtual Events and Matchmaking Platforms

Tim is the founder & CEO of Grip, the leading market engagement platform for event organisers to create world-class virtual, hybrid and in-person events. Agency Growth Events is also powered by Grip and its proprietary AI-powered matchmaking technology.

Before starting Grip in 2014, Tim worked as an Account Manager for digital product development agency, Nodes, and graduated with a BBA in International Management from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Peter Czapp, Co-founder, The WOW Company

Peter is the world’s leading expert in benchmarking creative businesses, sharing fascinating insights through BenchPress, the UK’s largest survey of independent agencies. Peter’s journey started in 2004, when he co-founded The Wow Company, an accounting firm specialising in helping agencies grow more profitably and sustainably. In 2013, Peter set up The Agency Collective, which has grown to become the world’s best peer support community for agency owners. Peter loves uncovering what the most successful agencies do differently from the rest and will be sharing his unique insight and research at this event.

Roland Gurney, Founder and Senior Copywriter, Treacle Copywriters for Agencies

Business is all about words. From your website to pitch meetings to LinkedIn, what you say matters. Get your messaging right and you can confidently win the kind of clients you deserve. You’ll stand out by really speaking to people, not at them. And that takes strategic thinking and sharp writing.

That’s why I set up Treacle, to help creative and digital agencies uncover what makes them special, then tell the world. We’ve worked with agencies from one-person operations to multinational corporations. And the challenges are always similar; how do we attract bigger clients, differentiate in a crowded market, tell our story better, unite our team, generate better leads?

Today, we use a structured and streamlined process to get to the beating heart of what makes your business brilliant. Then our team of strategic copywriters give you the words you need to take your agency to the next level. There isn’t always a silver-bullet solution, but there are lots of fundamental techniques to give your agency that all important edge.

Because the market’s noisy and competitive. So those who say the right things are the ones already ahead.

Lee Goff, Founder, Marketing Agency Coach

Lee Goff, CEO/Founder – Marketing Agency Coach.com

Lee is a serial entrepreneur who grew up in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He started his first Agency GetUWired back in 2003, in which he grew into a multi-million business and winning dozens of awards, including Entrepreneur Top Company Culture, Partner of the year for numerous years, and many more.

His journey taught him every step of agency growth, from the bedroom to the boardroom and every step in between. After successfully exiting his agency in 2016 he decided to share his unique perspective with other agency owners. His purpose is to “Make Their Lives Easier” by sharing all of his knowledge, tools, and partner networks.

Jamie Sergeant, Global CEO, Crowd Digital Agency

Jamie Sergeant, Global CEO, Crowd

Crowd is an independent global marketing agency that specialises in the creation and delivery of environmentally sustainable product and service promotions. We proudly amplify demand for new and established brands with a conscience.

Rory Spence, Account Manager, The Wow Company

Rory loves helping ambitious agency owners who want to grow more profitably and sustainably. He’s helped thousands of agencies across the UK, advising them on their pricing strategy, project management, and financial processes – all focused on helping them increase their profit. Rory is also part of the research team at BenchPress and helps curate the results from the largest benchmarking survey of UK independent agencies each year. Rory loves facilitating debate amongst agency owners, as well as sharing practical tips and insight from the UK’s top-performing agencies – ideas you can implement in your agency right away.

Emma Glazier, Global Head of Marketing, Crowd Digital Agency

Emma Glazier, Global Head of Marketing, Crowd

Emma is a strategic business development and communications leader with over 15 years of experience across the marketing spectrum in multiple global markets. Commercially driven, she loves to get to the heart of a business problem, interrogate data and apply best practice principles that deliver measurable results. She has experience across travel, entertainment, automotive, retail and consumer electronics sectors.

Robyn Duda, Founder, RDC Events

A self-described straight-talker, RDC founder and event industry veteran Robyn Duda is a creative thinker with a growth mindset.
Her approach to event design is grounded in strategy and fueled by big picture thinking. Always looking ahead, Duda helps clients evolve for success today—and the future. She’s also driving change within the industry as a leading voice on sustainability practices and diversity.
In 2020, Robyn founded Change the Stage, an industry pledge dedicated to elevating underrepresented voices to event stages around the world.
Robyn brings a uniquely insider skill set and outsider point of view to every project.

Jet Weevers, Managing Director (NL), Crowd Digital Agency

Tech and marketing by profession, entrepreneur by instinct and curious by nature. Jet’s eye for detail, ease of communication and interest in tech trends places her at the front line of the digital industry.

Her knowledge in marketing, finance and business operations have been key to successfully expand and grow global creative marketing agency Crowd into a 7-figure business in the European market.

Jet’s team is the first fully remote team within Crowd, applying new working and business principles to service European clients with global reach and local knowledge. Having owned various businesses and worked in booming markets across continents, she manages to think quickly on her feet and is a team player with an open mindset to just about anything.

Tanya Di Giacomo, General Manager | Big Picture Group

Tanya is the showrunner and the shot caller at BPG — you can call her T but never Tan. She wears many hats when coordinating the team and thinking big for the business. She thrives off a happy and vibrant company culture where amazing things happen. Her background in branding gives her a strong passion for the incredible design work our studio produces.

Ben Wheelhouse, Marketing Services Director | Big Picture Group

With an extensive background in marketing and agency life, Ben loves to nurture our strong client relationships. He manages a team of Account Managers and Marketing Specialists to help drive successful strategies for our marketing clients.

Boyd Roberts, Group Director | Big Picture Group

The founder and owner of the business, Boyd’s a high energy dynamo who loves celebrating the team’s wins and getting behind good ideas. He has an entrenched love of everything digital, and longs for a world where digital transformation is complete.

Theo Green, Chief Growth Officer | BraveBison

Theo is Chief Growth Officer for Brave Bison and is experienced in both digital marketing and advertising, as well as acquisitions. Prior to becoming a director of Tangent, a Top 100 technology agency, Theo was an Associate at Brockton Capital, a private equity firm with c.US $3bn of equity raised.

tim-jones

Tim Jones is Strategy Director at global brand company venturethree, where he leads strategy and brand experience for all manner of brands like Sky, Just Eat, Trustpilot, Sports Direct, and most recently Facebook. Previously he was creative director at creative agency RPM where he created live and retail experiences for the likes of Three Mobile, The FA, Diageo and Cadbury.
 
Tim’s spent his career ensuring he understands all dimensions of the strategic and creative process. He’s recently completed mini MBA’s in Brand Management and Marketing, building on his past diploma in Graphic Design.
 
Tim believes brand is the most powerful lever for business transformation. And has worked with some of the biggest brands in the business to deliver those transformative programmes. 

Scott Leff, Principal at TobinLeff

Scott Leff, Principal, TobinLeff

Scott has owned and run advertising, marketing, PR, and video production shops. He has led mergers and sales of for-profit and nonprofit corporations, run and sold a family-owned bank, produced a national PBS documentary, was President of a Carnegie Mellon University spin-out technology company, ran a $1.3 billion trust and investment management company, and spent close to a decade with Robert Morris University developing strategic plans, doing governance interventions, and performing financial analyses for nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes.

 

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