IPA awards nine Fellowships

The IPA has granted nine Fellowships to industry practitioners in recognition of their exceptional and prolonged contribution to the IPA. The individuals were awarded at the IPA Members’ Lunch.

The nine fellows are: 

  • Bridget Angear, Joint Chief Strategy Officer, AMV BBDO
  • Sarah Baumann, Deputy CEO, Leo Burnett
  • Brian Coane, Partner, Leith Agency
  • Geoff Copps, Head of Research, IPG Mediabrands UK
  • Dale Gall, CEO, MullenLowe Group UK
  • Bronwen Hemming, Finance Director, Wieden + Kennedy London
  • Tom Knox, Chairman, MullenLowe London
  • Martin Telling, Chief Financial Officer, Omnicom Media Group
  • Lawrence Weber, Managing Partner – Innovation, Karmarama

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Bridget Angear, Joint Chief Strategy Officer, AMV BBDO

Bridget has just completed a four-year term for the IPA Effectiveness Awards, first as Deputy Convenor in 2014, and then as Convenor of Judges in 2016. She was the editor of Advertising Works 23, which was published in November 2016.

Bridget became a member of the IPA Value of Creativity Group in 2011 and helped in its evolution to the Effectiveness Leadership Group in 2015. Prior to this she was an active contributor to the IPA Strategy Group. She was also an invaluable contributor to the inaugural Effectiveness Week in November 2016, chairing a panel on Creativity and Effectiveness and has presented for the IPA at the Commercial Conference, the Effectiveness Masterclass series in 2015; FAST strategy conference in 2008; and many other IPA events over the years. She has authored 12 papers and won six IPA Effectiveness Awards.


Sarah Baumann, Deputy CEO, Leo Burnett

Over the last seven years Sarah has made a wide-ranging contribution to the IPA Professional Development programme as a member initially of the Professional Development Group and more recently of the new Talent Leadership Group.

In 2008 and 2009, she spoke at the IPA’s Excellent Account Planning course on the value of the relationship between planners and account handlers. She was also instrumental in the creation and launch of the first in the IPA’s series of best practice guides on Continuous Professional Development (CPD), designed to help members embed a strong learning culture within their agencies to help drive business success.

In 2015, at the end of Ian Priest’s IPA presidency, she spoke at the Talent Adaptathon on the value of CPD to business success, using Leo Burnett’s case study to demonstrate the powerful impact a well-planned programme can have on agency performance.


Brian Coane, Partner, Leith Agency

Brian has been involved with the IPA Scotland Group since 2012, and became its Chairman in May 2015. His agenda as Chairman – ‘The IPA: Creative for Scotland’ – was aimed at ensuring the long-term health of advertising in Scotland by championing its contribution to the creative industries; sparking imagination and innovation within the industry; and attracting the next generation of talent.

Through his work with the Group, new events and courses were introduced to engage more widely with the creative community. Brian has also represented the members at the Scottish Affairs Committee, giving evidence at Westminster for the report Creative Industries in Scotland; and introduced the IPA Scotland Student Advertising Awards for college and university students. He is also working with the Advertising Association on their Advertising Pays Scotland report.


Geoff Copps, Head of Research, IPG Mediabrands UK

Since moving to the agency side of the business having worked previously for a media owner and a research company, Geoff has proven to be a tremendous supporter of the IPA. He was very active in steering the IPA through the technical development of PAMCo – the new industry currency for published media – and still represents the IPA on the PAMCo Technical Committee providing vital practitioner input. He also represents the IPA on the JICREG Board.

Geoff has been closely involved in the development of IPA TouchPoints, providing practical advice for the initiative and actively road testing new developments. Geoff is an invaluable supporter and advisor to the IPA, as well as a great ambassador.


Dale Gall, CEO, MullenLowe Group UK

Dale has been a member of the IPA Council since 2012 and of Finance Committee since 2013.

He has given time and expertise to the IPA in many strategic and operational areas, including leading a review into the IPA's approach to service design companies; advising on the CRM implementation; and advising on long-term financial sustainability.

Outside of the Finance Committee, Dale has also contributed to an IPA guide on pitching principles, represented the IPA in its Charter formalities and presented advertising principles to a meeting of Chartered Accountants. He was also a member of the Presidential Nominating Committee that Stephen Woodford convened in 2016 to identify Tom Knox’s successor, and was previously involved with the IPA Strategy Group.


Bronwen Hemming, Finance Director, Wieden + Kennedy London

A Chartered Accountant and Finance Director at Wieden + Kennedy since 2003, Bronwen has for many years been a loyal supporter of the IPA. She joined the Finance Policy Group in 2005 and is also one of the longest-standing members of the Finance Committee, having served on it since 2009.

In addition, she has spoken on behalf of the IPA at the flagship event for Procurement, ProcureCon Marketing, giving an agency perspective on client/agency reviews, the need for procurement to look inside their marketing departments for inefficiencies from giving bad or changing briefs, and stakeholder management. She has also supported the work of the Commercial Pillar.


Tom Knox, Chairman, MullenLowe London

Tom joined the IPA Council in 2009. He became President of the IPA for two years in March 2015, when he launched his ‘Here for Good’ values-based agenda, pledging to reassert, and secure for the future, advertising’s role as a culturally, socially and economically enriching force for good. During his presidency, Tom was tireless in his support of the IPA’s many initiatives and attended numerous events around the UK and overseas. He instigated the first full survey into the gender and ethnic diversity of agencies, which will now be published annually, and helped establish targets for 2020. He was also instrumental in planning the IPA’s Centenary Festival of British Advertising, which took place in Shoreditch in March 2017.

In addition to his role on Council, Tom was a member of the Membership Committee from 2011 to 2015. He acted as Chairman of the Committee, and the IPA’s Honorary Secretary from 2014 to 2015, during which time he helped develop the IPA’s new Accredited MIPA offering.


Martin Telling, Chief Financial Officer, Omnicom Media Group

Martin is a much-respected figure within the IPA’s finance community. He is one of the longest-serving members of the IPA's Finance Business Group, having joined it in 2008 and been its Chairman from 2012 to 2014. He has also been a member of Council since 2014.

He has contributed to many areas of the IPA’s output over the years. He helped with the creation of the IPA’s Commercial Certificate, which was launched in 2013; spoke at the Performance Adaptathon during Ian Priest’s Presidency as well as at other IPA Commercial events; and led an informal series of meetings with media Finance Directors on sector-specific issues.


Lawrence Weber, Managing Partner – Innovation, Karmarama

Lawrence has been a key player in the IPA’s innovation community for many years, including helping to establish the IPA Brand Tech Group before becoming its chairman in 2014. Most recently, he has been instrumental in delivering the IPA Good Practice Guide for Agencies and Start-ups, culminating in the Agency Start-Up Commitment.

He has led an active agenda in other areas, including helping with a comprehensive events programme that delivered for the IPA’s Effectiveness Week, London Tech Week, Advertising Week Europe, former IPA President Ian Priest’s Diversification Adaptathon and the IPA 44 Club.

As well as overseeing a monthly opinion piece by Group members in The Drum, Lawrence also makes regular press contributions as Group chair and takes the stage himself at IPA events as an innovation leader.

Last updated 21 January 2022