The Oxford Advertising and Marketing Society (Oxford AdSoc) is THE society devoted to advertising, marketing, branding, PR and the related industries.

  • Our mission is to provide the very best speaker events and advice to anyone who is considering a career, or who holds an interest, in the marketing field.
  • Since its founding in 2010, Oxford AdSoc have consistently managed to attract some of the industry’s biggest names.
  • As well as speaker events, careers workshops and taster sessions, Oxford AdSoc lets you gain hands-on marketing experience with AdSoc Agency, Oxford’s student-run advertising agency, which was set up in early 2011.
  • As part of AdSoc Agency, you can get involved in projects for clients ranging from university clubs to local businesses and beyond – work can involve devising marketing campaigns, logo designs and more.



Rachael Hamilton – rachael.hamilton@jesus.ox.ac.uk


Saturnino Harris – saturnino.harris@seh.ox.ac.uk


Lucy Allen – lucy.allen@seh.ox.ac.uk


William Mason – william.mason@keble.ox.ac.uk


Clara Neeves – maria.neveodacunhabraz@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk

Josie Millichamp – josie.millichamp@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk


Saturnino Harris – saturnino.harris@seh.ox.ac.uk

Ruth Spencer-Jolly – ruth.spencerjolly@lmh.ox.ac.uk


Rebecca Hird – rebecca.hird@mansfield.ox.ac.uk

Oishika Ray – oishika.ray@st-annes.ox.ac.uk

Tom Benson – thomas.benson@lmh.ox.ac.uk


Hilary Term 2014:


3rd February (Monday 3rd week)

Drinks reception with our sponsors, Unilever.

 A chance to speak informally to current Marketing graduates from Unilever about graduate opportunities and the industry in general.

Venue: Ante-chapel, Wadham College

Time: 7.30 p.m.

More details here



27th February (Thursday 6th week)

Michael Quirke, Interbrand

Time and Venue TBC



4th March (Tuesday 7th week)

Steffen Tjell-Moller, Digital Strategist at FleishmanHillard

Time and venue TBC


AdSoc Agency

AdSoc Agency is the Oxford AdSoc student advertising agency. All students, no matter what your year or level of experience, are welcome to join the weekly meetings to work on creating full marketing campaigns for local businesses, student societies and events.
  • If you’re thinking of a career in the industry this is the best place to try it out and get that vital experience.
  • And if you’re a business and lack that vital buzz or budget, we’re the people to make it happen. We can spread the word, design a campaign, put you in touch and create your visuals. We have a unique open source set-up that helps us form innovative campaigns for you.
Contact: agency@adsoc.co.uk
Click here and ‘Like’ our official AdSoc Agency Facebook page!



Michaelmas 2013:

24th October (Thursday 2nd week): 6.30pm    

Saatchi Presentation

Freud Café, 119 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AH


M&C Saatchi, a top London advertising agency, will be coming to Oxford on Thursday 24th October to talk about recruitment for their 2014 Graduate Training Scheme, for positions in Account Management and Strategy.

It will be an informal evening at Freud Café, kicking off with a presentation at 6.30pm. This will be followed by cocktails and canapes and a chance to chat to the team and pick up an application pack.

We look forward to seeing you there.

To book a place please email zoem@mcsaatchi.com

24th October (Thursday 2nd week): 7.30pm
Unilever Presentation

The Randolph Hotel


Unilever are world leaders in pioneering and innovative consumer goods, and make some of your dearest brands: Dove, Tresemmé, Ben & Jerry’s and Marmite, to name but a few.

This presentation by several members of the Unilever Board, including the Marketing Director for UK E-Commerce, Selina Sykes, will shed light on Unilever’s ever-expanding business and explain our Future Leaders Programme, a two year fast-track management programme.

We offer roles in the following areas - Marketing, Financial Management, Supply Chain Management, Customer Development, Business & Technology Management, Human Resources, Research & Development. After the talk you will have the chance to network with Unilever graduates and managers. Arrive punctually to guarantee a good seat!

29rd October (Tuesday 3rd week):  
Unilever Workshop

30th October (Wednesday 3rd week):             

OUBA Social

4th November (Monday 4th week): 7pm           

AKQA Presentation

Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, OX11BP

AKQA, a leading ideas and innovation company, is launching Graduate Programmes in Business and Technology.

Ben Jones (Chief Technical Officer) and Jason Warnes (Managing Director) will be introducing these programmes in a presentation at the Modern Art Museum on Monday of 4th week.

This is a unique opportunity for students to meet and learn from two thought leaders in our industry, and it will serve as useful preparation for our application process, which will open on the night. We invite students to stay on afterwards to talk with Ben, Jason and members of our team over food and drinks.

James Hilton is one of the world’s most recognised and widely respected creative directors. Since co-founding AKQA in 1995, James has been at the forefront of an industry which has seen the company grow to become the world’s most respected agency. AKQA has offices in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo, Portland and Atlanta.

Ben has built his global reputation as a technology innovator by delivering the seemingly impossible at the world’s most awarded digital agency. He has achieved this by creating a culture at AKQA that merges creativity and technology to ensure each idea and solution sets a new bar for the industry.

Jason is a leading digital marketing strategist with over fifteen years of integrated marketing experience delivering digital solutions for leading global brands including Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ferrari, Microsoft, MTV, Nike, Sainsbury’s, Orange and Coca-Cola.

Students should register here: http://graduates.akqa.com/s3/launch

4th November (Monday 4th week)           

Unilever Talent Dinner

Pierre Victoire, 9 Little Clarendon Street, Jericho, OX12HP


Unilever will be holding a Top Talent Dinner on Monday 4th November (time TBC) at Pierre Victoire in Jericho.

This will be  a fantastic chance to mingle at close quarters with Unilever grads as well as senior directors from all parts of the company. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the burning challenges facing Unilever and get a feel for what its people are really like!  Places are limited, so please send a brief 100-150 word email, summarising your interest in Unilever to rishi.stocker@unilever.com

6th November (Wednesday 4th week): 5-7pm
Brand Ignition Workshop 

Oxford Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, OX26PA

This workshop is being hosted jointly by AdSoc, The Shed and Big Idea Live www.bigidealive.com and pre-empts the Arts, Media and Marketing Fair on Thursday 7th November at the Oxford Town Hall. The workshop will consider the challenges facing brands trying to attract and engage customers in the changing digital landscape and will give you a real taster of working in marketing and brand consultancy

This is an interactive workshop offering a platform to debate and create new ideas whilst hearing from marketing specialists from Marketing Week Live and a leading FMCG company.

Please send in your questions (ANYTHING goes about marketing, brands, the digital landscape, the creative process etc) by Thursday 31st October to julia.richardson@careers.ox.ac.uk

7th November (Thursday 4th week): 2.30-6pm            

Careers’ Fair

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, OX11BX

What’s on offer?

A room full of exhibitors looking for talent (from Lucid to Aegis to Fetch to Nielsen)

CV clinics – 1:1 appointments with various sector representatives (arrive early to book one!)

Networking room – sector stations for you to ask questions, learn about career routes and hear from alumni & industry professionals about what it’s really like to work in this industry

A wide range of panel talks:
Old Library, Oxford Town Hall

2.30pm                  Routes into Publishing

3.10pm                  Careers in TV & Broadcasting

3.50pm                  Routes into Journalism

4.30pm                  Routes into Marketing

5.10pm                  Getting into Advertising

5.40pm                  Careers in Museums & Galleries                                        

Aldate’s Room, Oxford Town Hall

2.30pm                 Getting into Public Relations (PR) and Communications

3.50pm                  Routes into Radio & Music

5.10pm                  Careers in Writing

Take the opportunity to come and learn about roles in this dynamic and growing sector, alongside getting advice on how to make competitive applications and how to get noticed in the hidden jobs market. In some cases, the first step to a job in one of these sectors is to take a vocational course, so there are also course providers here to offer advice and answer your questions. All students and alumni are welcome to attend.

20th November (Wednesday 6th week), 7.30pm

Kameleon Talk

Old Seminar Room, Wadham


Representatives from Kameleon, an award winning agency at the cutting edge of London’s digital advertising scene, will share their insights from a selection of their campaigns. As well as discussing Kameleon’s own work, this will also be a fantastic opportunity to learn about brand content, the intersection between branding, marketing and entertainment, and the effect websites like Youtube have had on contemporary advertising.

The reps will also be sharing valuable info about the industry itself: job prospects, what it would be like to work for Kameleon, who they’re looking for and how to apply, and as they’ll be openly talent-spotting on the day, this is not one to be missed!

About Kameleon

Kameleon has a largely entertainment-focused background as part of All3Media which produces hit TV shows like The Only Way is Essex and . They are also YouTube experts who have a network of YouTube superusers such as Zoella and Tanya Burr on their books. Their current global roster of clients includes Sony, Danone, P&G, Pernod Ricard and many more.

Hilary Term 2013

19th February (Tuesday 6th Week) 5pm [Venue TBC]


Steve Stretton, the founding partner of AIS London is coming to talk about his career as a creative, how he set up his own agency, the strong culture which continues to fuel it and the work they do.

There will be time to ask him questions which ‘he will answer in total honest, warts and all.’ This is a real chance to get answers to anything you’ve ever been to shy to ask about advertising – come prepared with questions.

This is a rare opportunity to ask one of the leaders in the advertising world about the industry and expect genuine, candid answers.

The talk is free and open to all.

Check out the AIS website: www.aislondon.com

29th January (Tuesday 3rd Week) 5pm [Venue TBC]



Experience thinking in a fast and collaborative creative idea generation session. We will be exploring why thinking collaboratively is essential for the modern agency, demonstrating how the modern agency operates and the roles involved within it. This workshop will give you a chance to create business ideas, produce responses to client briefs and understand agency diversity and structure within the communications industry. Book a space through Careers Connect.

Michaelmas Term 2012

22nd October (Monday 3rd Week)

Sir Martin Sorrell – CEO of WPP

WPP is a British multinational advertising and PR company. By revenues it is the world’s largest advertising company and it employs about 162,000 people in 3,000 offices across 110 countries. WPP also owns several advertising, PR and market research networks including Grey, Burson-Marsteller, Hill & Knowlton, JWT, BAV Consulting, Ogilvy Group, TNS and Young & Rubicam.
This event will be co-hosted with The Oxford Union

13th November (Tuesday 6th Week) [Venue TBC]

Unilever – Presentation and Workshop

Unilever is a British–Dutch multinational consumer goods company. Its products include foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products and it is the world’s third-largest consumer goods company measured by 2011 revenues (after Procter & Gamble and Nestlé). Unilever is also the world’s largest maker of ice-cream and owns the Ben and Jerry’s brand.

19th November (Monday 7th Week) [Oxford Hub]


On Monday of 8th week, we are really excited to welcome AKQA back to Oxford. Co-founders James Hilton and Ajaz Ahmed are coming to talk about the ideas behind their best-selling book,’Velocity: The Seven New Laws for a World Gone Digital’.

‘Velocity is about optimism – a positive force that gives you the mindset and tools to create the future. Today, good things don’t come to those who wait. But to those who move. This is Velocity. Enjoy the ride.’

AKQA specialise in creating digital services, products, communications and experiences. Having set up the company when they were 21, James and Ajaz have a very inspiring story about building an incredibly successful company in a fast-changing environment and sometimes economically turbulent times. Their clients include Nike, Fiat, Audi, Warner Brothers, Dorling Kindersley, Unilever and MTV.

International recognition for its creative excellence has earned the agency numerous industry awards, including 19 Agency of the Year titles. Last year, AKQA won Digital Agency of the Year honours in both the US (Adweek) and the UK (Campaign) and collected five Cannes Lions.

It is an exciting time for the company as they embark on a new journey as part of WPP and further expansion into new markets; they have just opened a new office in Tokyo.

James and Ajaz are great speakers and love meeting young people. Their passion for their work is infectious and it is actually pretty rare to see them in the same room, so come along and make the most of a great opportunity.

loreal brandstorm

L’Oreal Brandstorm event

WHEN: 19th November (Monday 7th) 6.30pm
WHERE: Okinaga Room, Wadham College

Once again, AdSoc’s pleased to be bringing you an event from yet another incredible company, this time L’Oreal.

The event will be for anyone interested in working for L’Oreal or doing a summer internship, although the focus will be on the L’Oreal Brandstorm competition. This contest gives 3 teams, each comprising 3 students, the chance to think up an innovative new L’Oreal product and pitch it to company executives.

Taking part in this competition will be a great experience, and will also provide opportunities for exposure to high-level industry figures (The Global CEO of L’Oreal judges some of it in person).

The British winners get €10,000, and then get to go and represent Britain in the international competition. Registration is open, and the first task deadline is in mid-february. The quicker you start the more time you have to get to grips with the online material.

Here are the steps you’ll take throughout the competition:

1. Register your team of 3 online

2. Pre-case preparation on campus, then campus finals: present in front of a L’Oreal jury.

3. Briefing day at L’Oreal. Meet L’Oreal executives and other winning teams.

4. Case study preparation on campus, followed by national finals.

5. International finals in Paris, where the winning team gets 10,000 euros.

Competition details:

L’Oreal run a business game called ‘Brandstorm’.
http ://www . brandstorm . loreal . com/
1. Thursday 2nd February 2012 (3rd Week Hilary Term)

Dunnhumby: “Why do companies use loyalty cards?”

Time: 5:30pm

Venue: Lecture Room B, Worcester College

Price: FREE

Oxford AdSoc are delighted to welcome, Giles Pavey, Head of Retail Solutions at Dunnhumby, the London-based marketing consultants, to speak for us on the Tesco Clubcard scheme. Giles will be giving an insight into the rationale behind the loyalty cards that we all carry about with us and their uses for companies.

Tesco shoppers buy more than 500,000,000 items per week, the vast majority using their Clubcards. Dunnhumby analyse every one of these transactions to find out what’s really happening. Hear how they help Tesco to understand their customers – what’s important to them? What motivates them? How loyal actually are they?

There will be the chance to speak to the speaker and network after the talk.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee

2. Wednesday 8th February 2012 (4th Week Hilary Term)

The Financial Times: “The changing world of media”

Ben Hughes, Global Commerical Director and Deputy CEO at The Financial Times

Time: 6pm

Venue: Okinaga Room, Wadham College

Price: FREE

We are delighted to announce that Ben Hughes, Global Commercial Director & Deputy CEO of The Financial Times will be coming to speak and talk with us.

The talk is going to be about ‘The FT in a changing world of media’ as well as Ben’s extraordinary career jumps from Oxford student –> teacher –> advertising at Playboy –> to his current position at The Financial Times. This will be for 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. Ben is eager for you to ask him about anything at all and has specifically asked for attendees to come with questions prepared, although his talk will obviously throw some up.

This is an amazing opportunity to talk to a key player in not only one of the most influential newspapers, but specifically one that has managed to launch a successful online subscription service, in view of the changing nature of print, and consequently advertising.

All are welcome to attend this FREE event and everyone will receive a complimentary FT!

There will be the chance to speak to the speaker and network after the talk; Ben has already confirmed that hat Arif Durrani, Group News Editor @ Haymarket Brand Republic Group will be attending to hear him speak!

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee

3. Tuesday 21st February 2012 (6th Week Hilary Term)

What is Interactive Marketing? – AKQA

Ajaz Ahmed (Chairman) and James Hilton (Creative Director) at AKQA.

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: Doctorow 1, St. Edmund Hall

Price: FREE

We are delighted to welcome Ajaz Ahmed (Chairman) and James Hilton (Creative Director) of creative agency AKQA to come and talk for us.

AKQA specialises in interactive marketing and have created some of the most influential and iconic work for brands such as Nike, Xbox, VW, Heineken, Audi and Virgin. They work ranges from TV advertisements to website design and iPhone and iPad apps.

Ajaz and James also have a pretty inspirational story; they started AKQA back in 2001 when they were only 21 and the company know employs over 1,000 people internationally and has won the Agency of the Year title more times than any other company.

In their talk Ajaz and James will share the insights, work and stories that have helped propel AKQA to become the most innovative digital in the industry. There will also be an opportunity for questions during and after the event.

Digital marketing is increasingly taking up more and more of campaign budgets so an insight into how it works will be invaluable to those planning to go into the industry. Equally, students who currently make apps and websites or want to do this in the future would make a great contact in AKQA.

As always all are welcome to attend, but this event is FREE to AdSoc members, otherwise £2 on the door.

Look forward to seeing you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee x

1) Thursday 13th October 2011 (1st Week Michaelmas Term 2011)

JWT: “From Oxford To International Ad Agency”

Time: 5:30pm

Venue: Lecture Room 6, New College

Price: FREE

Oxford AdSoc are proud to be kick-starting this term’s events with an exciting talk from JWT, the fourth largest advertising agency in the world! Headquartered in New York City, JWT are a massive name in the industry, having worked with clients such as Cadbury, Ford, HSBC, Nestle and Shell.

Oxford grads Kimberley Douglas and Isabel Dunbar are coming from JWT London to talk about their experiences at both Oxford and within the company. What made them choose the advertising industry? What tips do they have to share with us? Where do budding advertisers and marketers go from here?

ALL years are welcome. Whether you’re a fresher interested in in ads, media or business, a second-year looking for internship opportunities or a finalist looking for possible jobs in the sector.

Even if you’re none of the above and have never even considered the industry before, this is the perfect chance to get a taste of what life is like in the business and hear, first-hand, the experiences of Oxford students after entering the fast-paced, exciting world.

There will be the chance to speak to the speakers and network after the talks.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee


2) Monday 17th October 2011 (2nd Week Michaelmas Term 2011)

Miles Young, Global CEO of Ogilvy & Mather: “Brands: New Things for New Times”

Time: 5:45pm.

Venue: The Gallery, The Old Bank Hotel, High Street.

Price: FREE

Oxford AdSoc are proud to be welcoming one of the biggest names in the advertising industry – Miles Young, Global CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and an alumnus of New College.

Based in Manhattan, Ogilvy & Mather is one of the world’s biggest advertising agencies, operating in 497 offices in 125 countries with around 16,000 employees.

Miles will be speaking on the topic of “Brands: New Things for New Times”, and there will be a drinks reception (with a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks) and time to ask questions & network after the talk has ended.

As always, entry is free – you DON’T want to miss this!

See you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee


Miles Young was educated at Bedford School and New College, Oxford. His career in advertising has spanned Lintas, Allen Brady & Marsh and Ogilvy & Mather, which he joined in 1983.

Miles was appointed to the Board of Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in London in 1986 and Client Services Director in 1988. In February 1990, he became Managing Director of Ogilvy & Mather Direct in London. He was a Regional Director of Ogilvy & Mather Direct Europe from 1990 to 1995.

From 1994 to 1995, he had the additional responsibility of setting up and running the IBM account in Europe which had previously been held by some 40 separate agencies. This included setting up a dedicated service hub in Paris for both advertising and direct marketing; and Miles has lectured and written widely on the subject of integrated marketing, a special interest.

In September 1995, he moved to Hong Kong to take up the position of Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific, and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. During this period, Ogilvy & Mather grew significantly in size and market share, and was repeatedly acknowledged as “Agency of the Year” by Media magazine.

He represented WPP’s corporate interests in Asia, in addition to his Ogilvy responsibilities.

Miles is cofounder of the Ogilvy-Tsinghua Program for Public Branding, a joint venture with Tsinghua University, Beijing, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua School of Journalism. He is also an Economic Consultant to the Jiangsu, China Provincial Government and a visiting Professor at Xiamen University. Miles is a member of the Board of the US Pakistan Business Council in Washington, D.C. and the Prime Minister of Turkey’s Investment Advisory Council. In addition, he is a member of the Board of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

He assumed the position of CEO of Ogilvy & Mather worldwide in January 2009 and is based in New York.



3) Tuesday 18th October 2011 (2nd Week Michaelmas Term 2011)

Advertising, PR and Marketing Careers Fair

Time: 2.30pm – 6pm

Venue: Oxford Town Hall.

Price: FREE

Come to the 2011 Advertising, PR and Marketing Fair and discover the wealth of opportunities in these industries!

AdSoc will be there with our own stall, as will some of the biggest companies in advertising world. So come along, chat, network and discover the different possibilities available to you!

See you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee


4) Tuesday 25th October 2011 (3rd Week Michaelmas Term 2011)

Chris Hirst, CEO of Grey London

Time: 5pm

Venue: tbc

Price: FREE

Grey London is one of the most influential advertising agencies in the UK, having worked on campaigns for clients including Toshiba, Samsung, GlaxoSmithKline, P&G, Allianz, the British Heart Foundation, Dairy Crest and Ryvita.

As always, the event is free and there will be the chance to meet Chris and ask questions at the end.

See you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee


5) Procter & Gamble Marketing Skills Workshop 31st October 2011 (4th Week Michaelmas Term 2011)

Oxford AdSoc are excited to announce a great opportunity with Procter & Gamble that’s coming up soon – they’ll be running a marketing skills seminar on 31st October at 6:30pm in Lecture Room 6, New College. Read below for more details…

“Procter & Gamble invites you to a Marketing Skills Seminar. Build your knowledge with a short presentation on the differences between sales, marketing and advertising and an interactive case study to improve your skills. Snacks and Drinks will be provided and there will be an opportunity at the end of the presentation to meet current employees in an informal setting.

Please send your CV to Caroline Lersten at lersten.cm@pg.com by 26th October if you would like to apply for this event.

Good luck and hopefully see you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee




6) Wednesday 9th November 2011 (5th Week Michaelmas Term 2011)

Kevin Murray, Chairman of The Bell Pottinger Group

Time: 5pm

Venue: The Baring Room, Hertford College

Price: FREE

The Bell Pottinger Group is one of the world’s greatest PR firms, having been ranked number one for the past four years in both the PRWeek and Marketing magazine league tables.

Kevin Murray, Chairman of the company, will be coming to Oxford exclusively for Oxford AdSoc to give a talk which will also include the opportunity for questions and networking.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee


7) Wednesday 16th November 2011 (6th Week Michaelmas Term 2011)

Robert Phillips, EMEA President & CEO of Edelman – “The Reformation of Public Relations”

Time: 5pm

Venue: Oxford Union

Price: FREE for members of Oxford AdSoc (sign up for free using the online form on www.adsoc.co.uk/oxford) and members of the Oxford Union; £3 otherwise.

Edelman is the world’s largest independent PR agency and is a truly global firm, employing over 4000 people in 54 offices worldwide.

Speaking for Oxford AdSoc this term, in conjunction with The Oxford Union, is the company’s EMEA President & CEO, Robert Phillips.

With the chance to meet Robert himself and network after the talk (all in the setting of The Oxford Union), this event is not to be missed!

See you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee


8) Google Marketing Workshop Monday 21st November 2011 (7th Week Michaelmas Term 2011)

We’re very pleased to announce that, in association with Oxford Entrepreneurs and Wadham College Student Union, we’ll be welcoming Google to Oxford to host a marketing workshop – the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in marketing, sales or related business fields (and, of course, great for CVs!)


Follow this link and enter your details to sign up (they’ll be in touch with you shortly to confirm whether or not you’ve been successful): https://docs.google.com/a/google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dGZDd1M2N3d5TVZOTk5lZi16Umd1NWc6MQ&ndplr=1#gid=0

Official description from Google below:

“An interactive session on online marketing where teams compete for prizes and get a unique insight into the Google culture.

An excellent way to test and practice sales and marketing knowledge and to work in teams to solve a marketing problem.

You’ll come away armed with industry knowledge, a useful framework to approach marketing problems and an understanding of Google’s advertising platform.

We’ll also provide tips for getting on our graduate scheme and be available to answer recruitment questions. Places are limited so it’s first come first served!”

Hopefully see you there!

The Oxford AdSoc Committee


Nick Emmel | ‘This is DARE’

11th May 2011, St Edmund Hall, Old Dining Hall, (Front Quad)

Nick Emmel, Executive Planning Director from Dare. Nick left Oxford University with an MA and joined ad agency Bates Dorland in 1998. He then moved to Tullo Marshall Warren in 2001 to manage the integrated launch of the new Nissan Primera and a whole host of award-winning campaigns for Guinness.

After a stint as Digital Lead on the Yahoo! account at the integrated agency Maher Bird, Nick joined Dare as a Senior Planner in 2005. Working across a range of accounts including Sony Ericsson, Barclays and Vodafone he was later promoted to Planning Director at the start of 2007. In October of that year, he was also made a member of the Board and was later promoted to Executive Planning Director in October 2009. Nick sits on the IDM Digital Council and the IPA Strategy Group. He is also a regular mentor on the NABS Fast Forward course.

He has 1,300 followers on Twitter, need I say more.
Check out his blog: http://ewarwoowar.typepad.com/25letters/


Mohan Mohan, Board of Directors at Procter & Gamble and CEO Coach

22 June · 17:00 - 18:30, Old Refectory, Wadham College

This is a rare and valuable opportunity to gain some one-on-one career guidance from a 30 year marketing executive and CEO Coach who has set up P&G’s business in over 7 countries, and a chance for students to hone their ambitions to a career that best suits their skill set. If you are deliberating or unsure with what you want to do with your future, this talk is for you.

**Sign up at http://tiny.cc/mohanmohan - spaces limited**


Zaid Al-Qassab **The Future of Marketing** and P&G CV clinic

Teddy Hall, Old Dining Hall | 24 February · 17:30 - 20:30

Zaid Al-Qassab studied PPE at Balliol and has subsequently worked at Procter & Gamble for 18 years, now acting as Director of Health and Beauty products for the UK and Ireland.

I hardly need say that P&G is an international and multi-million pound business- a giant in the marketing world. It spends more on advertising than any other company in the country. This talk is particular relevant for anyone thinking of joining the industry as it looks to the future of marketing and advertising- essential listening for anyone with job interviews.

P&G have also kindly offered drinks and a CV clinic for 20 lucky applicants- email lily.fox@seh.ox.ac.uk for more information.


PAUL WALTON | The Value Engineers **Brands and the Management of Meaning**

Teddy Hall, 17 February · 17:30 - 18:30

This speaker is a massive deal in the world of marketing and essential listening if you really want to get to grips with the industry…

Paul Walton has been involved in the marketing industry since the late 1970’s. He has worked for a host of FTSE and Fortune 500 businesses throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas and thus is a leading authority on the management of many global brands. In 1986, he was a founding partner of The Value Engineers, a strategic consulting business focussed on branding and innovation; with a growing international reputation as one of the most stimulating and inspiring consulting firms, The Value Engineers joined Cello Group in 2005, where Paul is now an Executive Director of the PLC board, responsible for Group Strategy. The creation of brand and its identity as a whole is one of the most integral roles of a creative team and Paul’s extensive knowledge and experience will provide an invaluable insight into this sphere.


RORY SUTHERLAND | Vice-Chairman of Ogilvy Group UK & president of the IPA **Too much Reality? Behavioural economics and why intangible value is often the best kind there is.**

Oxford Union, 4 February · 17:00 – 20:00

We are exceedingly excited and honoured to welcome Rory Sutherland to speak this term, and look forward to sharing the evening with you.
Rory Sutherland is the current vice-Chairman of the overall Ogilvy Group in the UK and the president of the IPA.
Having worked on Amex, BT, Compaq, Microsoft, IBM, BUPA, easyJet, Unilever (to name but a few), winning numerous awards along the way, he has a wealth of knowledge at his finger-tips and a very comprehensive understanding of the market within which advertising exists.
This talk will be an excellent insight into behavioural economics and the psychology behind creative media.
Rory is renowned for his public speaking and in the past has been invited to speak at a number of prestigious TED conferences. AdSoc are honoured that he has agreed to speak at Oxford.

This event is FREE for all AdSoc Members. Sign up online for free now!

Watch a video of the event by clicking this link!


‘An Introduction to Advertising by Fallon’
Thursday 3rd Week (28th October), at 5.30pm in the Old Dining Hall at Teddy Hall
After their sell-out talk in Trinity last term, international ad agency Fallon are back! And THIS time, the head of the Planning department will be speaking! Having won more creative awards than any other agency in the world, they are pushing the boundaries of advertising to fit into the developing market. You’re probably already familiar with their work; they are the
people behind the Cadbury’s campaign and the Sony Bravia “Balls” advert. In this talk we’ll be hearing about the theory and roles behind some of the world’s most famous adverts as well as gaining an insight into the wide range of jobs available in the industry.


‘Advertising and the Creative Economy’
**JANET HULL: Director of Marketing for IPA**
Tuesday 4th Week (2nd November) at 5.30pm in the Centenary Room at the Careers Service
There’s been a lot of talk in Government about rebalancing the UK economy. Less emphasis on financial services, more focuson high growth areas. One area that’s been identified is the creative economy. So what is it? Where does advertising sit within it? And what opportunities does it have? Come and find out from Janet Hull, Direct of Marketing at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and member of the Government’s UKTI Marketing Strategy Board for the creative industries.

‘Sustainability and Brands’
**DOROTHY MACKENZIE: CEO of Dragon Rouge**
Thursday 4th Week (4th November) at 6.30pm in St Catz JCR Theatre
Dorothy is the co-founder and director of Dragon Brands who are an independent and international brand agency. She is an authority on societal trends and implications and advises companies worldwide as well as government advisory groups. Dorothy will be discussing how to integrate sustainability into brands in the current market and the difficulties of communicating effectively about sustainability given the constantly changing expectations.


‘Social Media and the New Role of the Agency’
**ACCOUNT DIRECTORS OF We Are Social: a PR and social media agency**
Wednesday 17th November) at 5.30pm in the Centenary Room, Careers Service
We Are Social are a conversation agency with offices all over the world, from London, Paris and Milan to Sydney. They help brands to listen, understand and engage in conversations in social media. In this talk they will be discussing how their work is different to traditional communications and how this fits in to current and future business practises.


 ‘Are You a Diagonal Thinker? How do YOU think and how SHOULD you think? Linear and lateral become DIAGONAL’
**LIZ NOTTINGHAM: HR Director, Starcom MediaVest Group, Vivaki Country Talent and Transformation Officer, and IPA People Management Group**
Thursday 25th November
How do you think your mind works?  Are you more lateral than linear? Or are you combination of both?  It’s now becoming recognised that the way your mind works is equally as important, if not more so, than the degree you choose, in determining what sort of career will suit you best.  Diagonal thinking is a new tool to help you find out.  Come and hear Liz Nottingham, Chair of the IPA People Management Group, and HR Director, Starcom MediaVest Group, explain its relevance to advertising.


The HT13 Committee


Tanya Lawrence


Anna Thorne


James Fennemore

Rebecca Meier


Rachael Hamilton


Becca Hird


Camilla Rees

Sean Mills


Rebecca Lander

Georgia Cohen

Apoora Thakore

Oishika Ray


The MT13 Committee


Ben Cohen – benedict.cohen@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Reeva Misra – reeva.misra@wadh.ox.ac.uk


Sophie Zacharia – sophie.zacharia@lmh.ox.ac.uk

Maire Power – maire.power@some.ox.ac.uk

Madeline Grant – madeline.grant@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk


The HT13 Committee:

Aaron Rai – aaron.rai@hertford.ox.ac.uk

Jack Powell – jack.powell@wadh.ox.ac.uk

Florence Taylor – Florence.taylor@sjc.ox.ac.uk

Euan Elliot Sinclair-Elliot – euan.elliot@wadh.ox.ac.uk

Babatunde Sowande – babatunde.sowande@wadh.ox.ac.uk


President – Simi Nijher – simi.nijher@exeter.ox.ac.uk
Co-President – To be filled

Georgina Brooke – georginabrooke@aol.com


The MT12 Committee:

David Watson (President) 

Creative, Strategist and Sender of very long emails. [Mediocre] History student.’ Connect with Dave on LinkedIn and check out his Art/Design Blog. | president@adsoc.co.uk

Lourdes Webb (Vice-President)

Lourdes is our second in command and studies history, whilst bringing AdSoc into new unchartered grounds | lourdes@adsoc.co.uk

Georgina Brooke (London Coordinator) | georgina@adsoc.co.uk

Chiara Quadranti (Events Manager) 

Chiara is in her final year at New College, having just come back from her Year Abroad which she spent teaching English in Hamburg and selling ice-creams on the beach in the South of France! As Events Manager, she is responsible for the planning and execution of events. | chiara@adsoc.co.uk
Anna Kaznowska (Communications Secretary)  
Anna studies music and is in charge of social media for Oxford Adsoc. Her role includes posting about upcoming events so that our members are kept in the loop and ‘micro-blogging’ – writing pint sized posts about anything cool that comes to her, or any of the other committee members. On Twitter she goes by @AnnaKaznowska | anna@adsoc.co.uk

Sam Geuter (Co-Communications Secretary) 

Sam’s responsible for keeping adsoc.co.uk packed with great content for all our readers. He’s a linguist and has just come back from Spain where he did online marketing and product management for a couple of Madrid startups. Connect with him on: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog | sam@adsoc.co.uk
Phoebe MacDonald (Publicity Secretary)
Hey I’m Phoebe and I’m the Publicity Secretary so you’ll probably hear from me about the great line of events we have planned for the next term! | phoebe@adsoc.co.uk
The AdSoc Agency
Simi Nijher (Co-President (organisation))
Hi everyone! I’m Simi and I’m in my second year reading English at Oxford. I am very excited to be acting as Co- President of The AdSoc Agency with Lauren! We are brim full of ideas and plans so get involved and find out what we’re all about. | simi@adsoc.co.uk
Lauren Crichton (Co-President (organisation))

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I am currently in my Final Year reading French and German here at Oxford, having just returned from a fantastic Year Abroad spent working and studying in Paris, Bonn and Regensburg.   Passionate about Graphics, I am thrilled to be acting as Head of Design for The AdSoc Agency this term. Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn. | lauren@adsoc.co.uk | agency@adsoc.co.uk


Recruiting for Committee:

Every term we look for new candidates to join the committee. If you are interested contact the President or come to an event and have a chat.

Michaelmas Term 2011 Committee:

President = D-J Gordon | d-j@adsoc.co.uk | david-jason.gordon@new.ox.ac.uk

Vice-President = Soz Moss | soz@adsoc.co.uk

Chairman = Franky Athill | franky@adsoc.co.uk

Communications = Claudia Costa | wednesday@adsoc.co.uk

AdSoc Agency = Grace Thomas, Charlotte Fox, Abbas Kazmi & Sophie Ackers (Graphic Designer)| quad@adsoc.co.uk


Recruiting for Committee:

Every term we look for new candidates to join the committee. If you are interested contact the President or come to an event and have a chat.