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industry leaders

The region's most senior gathering of agency executives. Bar none.

Past International Keynote
Christian Juhl
Global CEO , GroupM (US)
Past International Keynote
Ashley Marshall
Executive Creative Director , The Martin Agency (US)
Angela Tangas
CEO , Dentsu Aegis Network
Michael Rebelo
CEO , Publicis Groupe Australia & NZ
Virginia Hyland
Chief Executive Officer , Havas Media Group Australia
Paul McMillan
CEO - Melbourne , The Monkeys


hours in the Hunter Valley

Safely bringing the industry back together.

2020 was an unprecedented year for all businesses. It’s fair to say that agency leaders had to quickly reinvent and reposition their teams and business models in order to remain relevant and profitable. As we move through 2021 what does the future hold in store for agencies?

As agency leaders juggle doing more with less time and resources, we’re taking the 2021 Symposium back to the beautiful Hunter Valley and reformatting it as a high value, two-day event on November 30th and Dec 1st.

Join us to learn how agencies can best position their people and businesses for The Road Ahead. Hear from the most influential minds in the industry as we discuss topics including;
– What do clients need and want from their agencies as the economy recovers?
– What does the modern-day agency look like?
– How can we collaborate with clients and partners to create new opportunity?
– Office space: Is this an opportunity to reinvent how we operate?
– Talent and Culture in a new economy

The conference program has been crafted with help from a highly influential advisory board of agency leaders. Click the ‘Apply for your place’ button to join the most senior delegation of agency executives to gather in ANZ. We look forward to welcoming you to the Agency Leaders Symposium 2021.


Agency Leaders Symposium 2021

Crowne Plaza
Hunter Valley
NSW Australia


Tuesday 30 November – Wednesday 1 December 2021


C-Level Executives
Managing Directors
General Manager
Heads of Investment
Heads of Strategy
Heads of Creative
Heads of Digital
Head of Trading / Programmatic


Apply for your place.

Christian Juhl

International Keynote:
Christian Juhl

Global CEO
GroupM (US)

One of the “100 people who make advertising great” according to the 4A’s, Christian is Global CEO of GroupM where he leads 35,000 people passionate about media, consumerism and commerce. A member of WPP’s executive leadership team and a key player in WPP becoming a creative transformation company, he is ensuring that GroupM continues to be a powerful growth driver for WPP.

Christian’s mission is the purposeful application of GroupM’s scale across partnerships, data and technology so the clients of WPP’s media agencies benefit from breakthrough intelligence and capabilities. With $48.3 billion in media investment billings across 80 markets worldwide, GroupM is the largest media investment group. GroupM has three of the world’s top five media agencies and a range of businesses innovating in advanced TV, AI-driven programmatic, eCommerce and more.

Ashley Marshall

International Keynote:
Ashley Marshall

Executive Creative Director
The Martin Agency (US)

Ashley Marshall is executive creative director at The Martin Agency (Adweek’s 2020 U.S. Agency of the Year).

Over the past 19 years she’s also been a creative director at Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, Silver and Partners, and BBDO as well as a copywriter at Saatchi NY, GSD&M and TBWA/Chiat NY.

She has worked on award-winning campaigns for brands including Skittles, Starburst, GEICO, Old Spice, HBO, AT&T, Miller High Life, and Tide to name a few.

Her work has been recognized by One Show, One Show Interactive, London International, Andy Awards, D&AD, Cannes Lions, Clios, Facebook Studio Awards, Art Directors Club, Local ADDY and National ADDY Awards.

She graduated from The University of North Texas in 2000 and Creative Circus in 2002.

Her ninja skills can only be considered “fair,” at best.

She’s right behind me, isn’t she?

Here’s what you can expect


Speakers have been hand selected by an experienced Advisory Board of your peers


An invitation-only event attracting most influential agency leaders


A rare opportunity to share ideas and challenges openly with peers. With no trade press present.


Gain a new perspective on how to keep winning in our changing landscape



2021 Agency Leaders Symposium Advisory Board…Driving the agency agenda…

Nick Behr


CEO and Founder

Peter Vogel
Peter Vogel



Sue Squillace
Sue Squillace

Dentsu Media


Virginia Hyland

Havas Media Group Australia

Chief Executive Officer

Yatu Widder Hunt
Yatu Widders Hunt

Cox Inall Ridgeway

General Manager

Chris Walton
Chris Walton

Nunn Media

Managing Director Sydney

Jack Watts
Jack Watts


Group CEO

Phil McDonald

BCM Group

Group Partner and Managing Director

Joe Frazer
Joe Frazer

Half Dome


Simone Waugh

Publicis Worldwide

Managing Director QLD

Nickie Scriven
Nickie Scriven

Zenith Media

CEO Australia

Kirsty Muddle
Kirsty Muddle

dentsu Creative, Australia and New Zealand

Chief Executive Officer

Dan Beaumont
Dan Beaumont

The Royals

Managing Partner

Luke Brown


CEO & Founder

Nicola Lewis

BOLD APPROACH The team at Ashton were bold with their approach to hosting a conference in such unusual times. The content was great, and proved that the show must go on in a safe way!

Justin Kabbani

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT Once again the Agency Leaders Symposium delivered on it’s high calibre of guests, great insights into what’s going on and relevant for agencies today and – even through the hybrid model – it delivered great opportunities to connect with other industry leaders. Congrats Ashton Media!

Mark Lollback

PARTICIPATE AND ENGAGE If you want to be in the industry you have to participate and engage, rather than sit on the sideline and the Symposium is all about that.

Michael Maquire

CALIBRE OF AUDIENCE The calibre of the audience is second to none.

Melissa Fein

AGENCY LEADERSHIP I would recommend to anyone at this calibre, if you’re in the industry of agency leadership it’s definitely worth coming along.



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The power of the symposium will be enhanced by the quality, energy and diversity of the people you meet, who will bring their ideas to the gathering while enriching our many conversations. Our way to ensure the quality of the experience is to handpick the most exciting and imaginative group of people and bring them together.

Agency Leaders Symposium highlight
Agency Leaders Symposium highlight