IPA remembers Archie Cumming

Archie served as IPA Chair for Scotland in 1995-96

Archie Cumming, past Chair of the IPA in Scotland 1995-96, has sadly passed away.

Archie was the Finance Director of Struthers Advertising and was a key member of the MBO team that acquired the company in 1990 helping guide its progress into The Morgan Partnership.

Archie possessed strong integrity, incredible loyalty not to mention a great sense of fun. He believed passionately in the industry’s need to encourage and develop young talent and during his time in office, he successfully steered the IPA in Scotland through a period of uncertainty and change.

In his later years in the business and despite his training as a chartered accountant, Archie was a member of the account management team at Barkers/BNB.   

Written by Alasdair Gibbons

Memories of Archie

Jan Cerretti, Republic of Media

I have many memories about Archie, he was a big part of my life for a number of years and was instrumental in me joining the world of media as a young 18 year old not knowing what she wanted to do with her life. He was a real gent, a kind of father figure, I remember how protective he was of the finance girls. He was a big family man with Maureen by his side.

Archie also knew how to party and we did that together at many Glasgow Pub Clubs and I was lucky enough to have him sing at my wedding.

xxx RIP Archie

Kevin Toner, Mugitroyd

As a Financial Director, Archie was a steadying father figure - serious and sensible. As a colleague, he was a good team mate - loyal, caring, fun - always looking out for you. As a side kick on the social scene, he was off his head! Outrageous and over the top - a dancing, singing, extremely loud and hilarious party animal!  What a mixture and what a man!

A dedicated family man first and foremost, it was my privilege to know him and to count on him as a close and very dear friend. He will be sadly missed.

David Shearer, MediaCom Edinburgh and IPA Chair for Scotland

Although I bumped into him at a mutual friends’ wedding a few years ago, I haven’t worked with Archie since my days at Struthers Morgan then The Morgan Partnership over 25 years ago. Regardless, I still remember him fondly. Generous of spirit, kindly in aspect and paternally minded meant he always had time to offer a quiet word of either wisdom or encouragement usually both. He also knew how to enjoy himself when work was done. In summary, a genuinely nice man which is exactly why I will remember him fondly.

Nikki Clyde

I have fondest memories of Archie. My first job at Stuthers Advertising at the age of 17, Archie was the Financial Director. At that age, his height and deep voice was a tad frightening, but the loveable and fun character that accompanied these were just that. I could never manage my finances and was always getting parking tickets at Claremont Terrace, most months I had to ask Archie for advance on my salary to pay these. I always got it, but I got the lecture too.

He was my work Dad, always looking out for me and the other young employees of the company and his Account Girls. Christmas parties and Glasgow Pub Clubs were always great fun, even managing to throw me over his shoulders a few times.

I always remember later in life he, Maureen and the children often went to Arran to visit his Dad most weekends and latterly retired there. I did manage to catch up with him and Maureen several years ago during a visit to his lovely island, for this I am grateful.

Thank you for the memories xx. RIP Archie

Last updated 05 October 2021