IPA President's inaugural speech: Julian Douglas

New IPA President Douglas to unveil adland agenda.

Join us and hear new IPA President Julian Douglas set out his focus for the agency world over the next two years.

Where do the opportunities lie for the ad agency business? Where should we focus our energy, attention, budget and expertise to prosper? How can and should we adapt to the fast evolving economic, social and natural environment? And what is the role we should be playing as individuals and collectively for the benefit of all?

These are the tough questions incoming IPA President Julian Douglas will be addressing as he sets out his two-year presidential agenda with a live Q&A and public address on Thursday 25 March at 10am.

Book now to receive a link to watch it live on the day.

I am truly honoured to have been chosen as the next President of the IPA. I look forward to building on the outstanding work of my predecessors in championing our industry, its creativity and its impact in the world.

Julian Douglas



Julian Douglas (or Dougie as he is better known) is the Vice Chairman of the VCCP Partnership and APAC CEO. He joined the agency in 2008 having previously worked at WCRS, BBH, TBWA and Grey London (twice). With over twenty years’ experience he has created some of the world's most successful campaigns for brands including Audi, Lynx, O2, Domino's, Nationwide and Shell. He was awarded Account Person of the Year in 2018 by Campaign Magazine.

In recent years he has led VCCP's expansion into Asia. In 2018 he opened VCCP Singapore, which has just won Campaign's Agency of the Year in its second year of trading, and earlier this year opened VCCP Shanghai.

He is a Fellow and active Council member of the IPA (since 2017). As the Chair of the Talent Group (2016-2020), he helped launch Advertising Unlocked and The iList. Advertising Unlocked is the annual cross-industry open day welcoming thousands of young people into the industry from across the UK. The iList is a celebration of champions and role models helping to make the industry more inclusive, sponsored by Campaign and Unilever.

He is also a member of Facebook's UK Client Council, the Chair of Black Representation in Marketing and a frequent mentor through the NABS 100 Club.

A firm believer in lifelong learning, he holds a BA and MA from Jesus College, Oxford, an MBA from Warwick Business School and has just completed a course in business sustainability at Cambridge University's Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Outside of advertising, he is a Founder of Lucky Voice, the UK's premier chain of karaoke bars and online karaoke.

Last updated 21 January 2022