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    • Media Director

      Matt Leach

      THE GATELondon

      Media Director

      Matt Leach

      THE GATELondon

      Matt is uniquely placed to help us deliver on our vision of what a modern full service agency ought to be.

      His fascination with what makes people tick, nurtured at The Manchester Grammar School and then in a triple honours degree at Edinburgh University, was commercially honed at his time on the publishing side of the media business, at The Financial Times Group and The Guardian and Observer Newspapers.

      Working with several leading agencies, it was clear to Matt that many solely focussed on audience composition and trading.

      In a fascinating, kaleidoscopic media landscape that offers brands so many opportunities to interrupt, to debate, to entertain, and to guide their audiences there’s so much more to media planning than indices and a cheap deal.

      In his nine years at The Gate, Matt has effectively fused brand strategy with touchpoint planning and content delivery, demonstrably improving the bottom line for our key charity, finance, and retail clients.

      That’s of course when he’s not doing himself serious harm on a mountain bike near his home in the Chilterns.

    • Chairman

      Dave Trott

      THE GATELondon

      Chairman

      Dave Trott

      THE GATELondon

      Winner of the 2004 D&AD President’s Award, Dave graduated from the Pratt Institute, New York, majoring in Advertising before going to work in Madison Avenue. Since then Dave has founded several of his own agencies including GGT and Bainsfair Sharkey Trott. Now, if he’s not writing ads he’s blogging, tweeting, and giving online talks.

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    • CEO

      Luke Mugliston

      THE GATELondon

      CEO

      Luke Mugliston

      THE GATELondon

      Luke has spent half of his career at big agencies and half as a senior client.

      He joined The Gate from Aviva plc , where he was Global Brand Director responsible for brand strategy, marketing operations, and e-commerce.

      This role included heading up the team that delivered what The Times subsequently referred to as “the slickest rebrand in corporate history”: Norwich Union to Aviva.

      The follow-up campaign was the award-winning ‘You are the big picture’ internal and external work that Facebook referred to as a case study in social media best practice.

      Prior to this, Luke had been Marketing Director for the investment giant, Fidelity, working across direct and intermediated channels.

      It was Fidelity that lured him away from his role as Board Account Director at Publicis advertising agency, where he had been running the account domestically and internationally.

      In his career to-date, Luke has worked on numerous accounts across a wide range of sectors: from luxury goods and cosmetics, to consumer electronics and charities, to professional services and FMCG, from start-ups to blue-chips.

      In sport, Luke has represented Great Britain at European, Commonwealth and World Championships. He was educated at Westminster School and King’s College, London. He is also a founding trustee of the Oli Bennett Charitable Trust (www.olibennett.org.uk) – a charity that has been nurturing young entrepreneurs for over a decade.

    • Media Director

      Rob Avis

      THE GATELondon

      Media Director

      Rob Avis

      THE GATELondon

      Rob left University with the words of his father ringing in his ears…”Do anything in life son, just don’t join an ad agency”. With that in mind Rob combed the media section of the Guardian and decided upon a career in media.

      A young upstart publishing house called EMAP beckoned. As was one of the youngest ad managers, he worked with market leading brands in Financial Services and General Insurance delivering innovative solutions and winning awards. However he soon realized that the media landscape was changing, and digital was driving the revolution.

      In 1999, Rob became the Sales Director for the launch of TheStreet.co.uk. TheStreet was one of the most successful dotcom launches and Rob used his knowledge of finance to help brands embrace digital media. Although TheStreet became the most high profile victim of the dotcom bubble crash, this didn’t deter Rob’s enthusiasm for digital and he went on to launch products for Chrysalis, FT.com and corporate services for Digital Look.

      10 years ago, Rob joined the Gate as Head of Digital Media. His aim was to help clients understand the opportunities afforded to digital without using the ubiquitous jargon and challenge media owners in tailoring better solutions. This meant he developed content strategies, tested retargeting, and build sponsored sections all before they became what is common practice today.

      Football is at the heart of everything else Rob enjoys. He still plays, on occasion 3 times a week, coaches County youth football having attained all the necessary badges and finally watches the hooped wonders that are QPR.

    • Executive Director, Strategy & Planning

      Piers Pollock

      THE GATELondon

      Executive Director, Strategy & Planning

      Piers Pollock

      THE GATELondon

      Yes, it’s Pollock with a P. Piers Treherne Pollock to family and friends (but there’s not enough time or space to go in to that now). Piers is a blend of traditional academic and intellectual explorer; a voracious consumer of research and a free thinking libertarian.

      Piers adds an intellectual bite to the agency. He is insightful, incisive, forthright and passionate. He has a wealth of experience that illuminates his vision. He spent several years working in Paris and although the possessor of a certain European urbanity he also talks to himself occasionally.

      He constantly drives the agency to challenge itself and never to assume that what we think is right is right until we’ve proved it. Clients may love him or hate him (we love him) but they always value the clarity of thought that Piers brings to any challenge.

    • Creative Partner

      Alistair Ross

      THE GATELondon

      Creative Partner

      Alistair Ross

      THE GATELondon

      Alistair has a proven track record of delivering innovative and imaginative creative ideas. Over the past fifteen years he has written, art directed, illustrated and directed award-winning advertising campaigns; as well as collaborated on experiential events and product design.

      Alistair has been awarded almost equally for creativity and effectiveness. Unsurprising, as they are natural bedfellows. He remains hands on in the creative process on a daily basis, whilst instilling a sense of positive dissatisfaction into the creative department: good is the enemy of great.

      He also believes in walking the walk. Whilst leading the creative on the British Army recruitment account, his commitment to filming the most truthful work took him across five continents, including to the front line in Afghanistan. This entrepreneurial approach to producing creative, resulted in six award-winning integrated campaigns, including a Grand Prix at the Campaign Digital Awards and a finalist in the Titanium category at Cannes.

      Alistair brings a sense of creative fearlessness, whilst believing strongly that collaboration is the best way to achieve memorable results; a throwback from representing Great Britain at European and World Championship level in rowing. The greatest things happen when no one minds who takes the credit.

    • Managing Director

      Christy Stewart-Smith

      THE GATELondon

      Managing Director

      Christy Stewart-Smith

      THE GATELondon

      Christy never had to wonder why they call it ‘coming down’ from university, having spent all four years at Cambridge in an imaginary ivory tower he designed himself.

      He worked initially for Hill & Knowlton, advising the new Czech government after the 1992 ‘velvet divorce’ from Slovakia. From there he joined Young & Rubicam Prague, and won the first ever Cannes Lion by a Central European Advertising Agency (and for a Colgate commercial too).

      Moving back to the UK in 1995, he joined J. Walter Thompson and was made a board director 3 years later at the age of 28. During that time he won prizes for work on Unilever, Kraft, Barclays and Shell, whilst also acting as non-executive advisor to the Director of Communications, Royal Air Force, and scooping first prize in The Times’ National Sales & Marketing Challenge.

      Christy moved to Abbott Mead Vickers/BBDO in 2000 to run the £120M BT Account, a task that drove him to the brink of madness and then did wheelies. It came as a relief when his insane babbling was one day mistaken for an aptitude for strategy and planning.

      Runaway success soon followed, with his “Quote Me Happy” campaign propelling Norwich Union from 12th to 1st in the direct insurance market in 18 months (and earning him the undying hatred of a whole generation of daytime TV viewers), and Nuts magazine becoming the fastest growing and largest men’s magazine in history.

      In 2007 Christy was asked to join Norwich Union to plan for its eventual transition to Aviva (‘the slickest corporate re-branding in history’ according to The Times) and ended up as Global Head of Marketing Strategy & Planning and, latterly, Internal Engagement Director.

      Christy joined CEO Luke Mugliston at The Gate on April Fools’ Day 2012.

      He is a direct descendant of seventeen English Kings & Queens and five foreign ones. He jumps out of ‘planes for a laugh, and lives in a house that he built himself, with wife Emma and two sons, both of whom have been given proper boy’s names – and are already a good deal less confused than their dad as a result.

      Never play cards with him.

    • Creative Services Director

      Mark Goodwin

      THE GATELondon

      Creative Services Director

      Mark Goodwin

      THE GATELondon

      With a passion for all forms of design and the ability to work late into the night with just a pizza for company, Mark was always destined for a career in advertising.

      After completing a typography apprenticeship he worked for various advertising agencies on high profile brands such as BMW, Singapore Airlines and American Express.

      Mark was then approached to set up and run a studio for Dave Trott’s new agency WTCS. Here he worked on award winning campaigns for clients such as The COI as well as producing work for Subaru, Channel 5, The Independent and Ryvita as it rapidly grew from a start up to medium sized agency.

      Next came Cagney and the chance to work on literally his biggest project to date, the complete rebranding of Caribbean Airlines with the re-liverying of its fleet of boeing 737s.

      At The Gate Mark still enjoys the challenge of producing great design along with the day to day running of its creative services departments.

      When he’s not working he can be found honing his skills on the agency football table or desperately trying not to injure himself whilst riding his skateboard.

  • London leaders

      • Media Director Matt Leach
      • Chairman Dave Trott
      • CEO Luke Mugliston
      • Media Director Rob Avis
      • Executive Director, Strategy & Planning Piers Pollock
      • Creative Partner Alistair Ross
      • Managing Director Christy Stewart-Smith
      • Creative Services Director Mark Goodwin
  • Leadership

    London

    • Chairman Dave Trott
    • CEO Luke Mugliston
    • Managing Director Christy Stewart-Smith
    • Creative Partner Alistair Ross
    • Executive Director, Strategy & Planning Piers Pollock
    • Media Director Matt Leach
    • Media Director Rob Avis
    • Creative Services Director Mark Goodwin

    New York

    • President Beau Fraser
    • Chief Creative Officer David Bernstein
    • Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer Awilda Charriez
    • Managing Director, The Gate Media Eric van den Heuvel
    • Director, Business Development Nathalie Hausman
    • Senior Digital Creative Director Klaus Heesch

    Asia - Hong Kong

    • 亚洲区首席执行官 CEO Asia Tom Kao
    • Management Supervisor Maggie Wong
    • Executive Creative Director Denise Wong
    • Head of Art Sonic Choy
    • Business Director Kit Fu
    • Strategic Planning Director Kamfatt Chen
    • Business Director - Digital Henry Yeung

    Asia - Singapore

    • CEO Singapore Robbie Bempasciuto

    Asia - Shanghai

    • 大中华区主席兼创意执行官 Chairman & CCO Michael Dee
    • 运营合伙人 Managing Partner Waters Xu

    Edinburgh

    • Managing Director Helen Hourston
    • Creative Director Pete Martin