The Headline Stage Hall of Fame
Influential and inspiring leaders share their secrets
Dr Pixie McKenna, Broadcaster
Fearne Cotton is one of the best known and most popular TV and radio personalities in the UK. She is also hugely influential on social media, with over 9million highly engaged social fans.
Fearne is passionate about mental health, having created her own mental wellbeing and mindfulness brand ‘Happy Place’. Her ‘Happy Place’ podcast topped the UK charts this year (attracting A-list guests including Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Russell Brand, Gary Barlow, amongst many others - as well as widespread media coverage). Fearne has also written a number of best-selling books on mental wellbeing including Happy Place, Calm and Quiet - as . Fearne has partnered with numerous brands including Garnier, Vita Coco and O2, and has designed successful product ranges in home, fashion and baby for retailers including Boots and Cath Kidston.
Fearne is a mother of two and supports a range of charities, for which she has helped fundraise large amounts of money - most notably mental health charity Mind and The Prince’s Trust, and Coppafeel!, the latter of which she curates the charity’s music festival, Festifeel.
Mary Portas is one of the UK’s most high profile businesswomen. After making her name as Creative Director of Harvey Nichols, transforming the retailer into one of London’s sexiest fashion destinations, Mary launched her own retail consultancy working for clients ranging from Louis Vuitton to Mercedes. This started a career in TV hosting, with Mary hosting popular shows including ‘Mary Portas Queen of Shops’ and ‘What Britain Buys’. She went on to advise the Government on the future of Britain’s high streets, developed her own fashion label and has written best-selling books. Her proudest achievement to date is the creation of 26 Living and Giving shops for ‘Save the Children’.
Today Mary’s agency Portas, advises retail clients from every continent and the business success is built on an obsessive understanding of human and cultural behaviour. Mary is also passionate about the importance of mental wellbeing in business. This kind of empathy, along with intuition, creativity, and collaboration are what drive her work – as well as her quest to make work and how we consume and commune better for us all by tapping into feminine values.
Kem Cetinay was the breakout star from TV’s hottest phenomon ‘Love Island’ in 2017, and has since gone on to become an established TV presenter in his own right, featuring on shows such as ITV’s Dancing on Ice, as well as his own entertainment show ‘You vs Kem & Chris’ on ITV2. Kem has quickly amassed a widespread youth following on social media, with over 3million engaged fans, and has since launched his own content franchise on Instagram TV - Kem Cuts - featuring a range of popular guests. He has worked with numerous brands targeting teenage audiences, including BooHoo Man, Sainsbury’s, Thomas Cook, P&G and others. Having personally battled with anxiety, Kem is passionate about using his platform to encourage young people to have the confidence and self-belief to pursue their ambitions, and is working closely with mental health awareness organisations across the UK.
Sir Martin Sorrell is Executive Chairman of S4 Capital, a newly funded vehicle with the objective of building a new age, new era, digital advertising and marketing services platform for clients. S4 Capital completed its first acquisition of MediaMonks very recently and is scheduled to be reversed into a UK-listed company, Derriston shortly.
Prior to S4 Capital, Sir Martin was CEO of WPP for 33 years, building it from a £1 million “shell” company in 1985 into the world’s largest advertising and marketing services company, with a market capitalisation of over £16 billion, revenues of over £15 billion, profits of approximately £2 billion and over 200,000 people in 113 countries. Prior to that, Sir Martin was Group Financial Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Company plc for 9 years and worked for James Gulliver, Mark McCormack and Glendinning Associates before that.
He supports a number of leading business schools and universities, including his alma mater, Harvard Business School and Cambridge University and a number of charities, including his family foundation. He is married to Lady Cristiana Falcone-Sorrell and has four children and seven grand-children.
Louis Theroux's documentaries follow his attempts to get to know the people at the heart of some of the world's most controversial and fascinating lifestyles. In a career spanning nearly two decades he has interrogated the engrained criminals at San Quentin prison; lived with the extreme believers of the Westboro Baptist Church; gambled with the high-rollers at a Las Vegas mega-casino and stalked game with trophy hunters on South Africa's wild animal farms.
Louis started out as a correspondent on Michael Moore's TV Nation before being signed up by the BBC to make his own series, Weird Weekends, about unusual American subcultures. In 2000 he began a series of specials about intriguing British public figures, including one featuring disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile and another which saw him live with the disgraced Tory minister Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine as they were falsely accused of rape and subjected to a media siege.
Louis’s programmes have won numerous accolades including two Baftas and an RTS award and are shown all over the world. He also writes for print publications. His 2005 travel book about some of his adventures, THE CALL OF THE WEIRD has just been re-published with some additional material. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
Carolyn McCall joined ITV as Chief Executive in January 2018. ITV - Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster - produces, broadcasts and distributes programmes to multiple platforms all over the world and operates throughout the UK and globally.
Prior to joining ITV, Carolyn was Chief Executive at easyJet where she brought a customer-focused approach to the business and redefined what passengers now expect from short haul flights. This drove both passenger loyalty and growth, delivering sustained success for easyJet’s shareholders.
Carolyn joined the airline from the Guardian Media Group where, from 2010, she spent four years as Chief Executive and, prior to that, was Chief Executive of Guardian News & Media for five years.
Carolyn is a Trustee of the Royal Academy and Chairs their Corporate Advisory Group. She has been a NED aid Burberry PLC since September 2014.
In 2016, Carolyn was decorated with France's highest award, the Légion d'honneur in recognition of her contribution to the economy of France and for her support of women, particularly female pilots.
In the New Year’s Honours List of 2016, Carolyn was awarded a Damehood for services to the aviation industry following the OBE she received for services to women in business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2008. In April 2008, she was named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.
Most recently Carolyn was made Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, an award honouring those who have made a special contribution to promoting ties with Italy.
Further previous roles have included: non-executive director of Lloyds TSB (from 2008–2009), non-executive director of Tesco Plc (2005-2008), New Look Plc (1999-2005), Chair of Opportunity Now (2005-2009) and President of Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL).
Carolyn graduated from the University of Kent with a BA in History and Politics and from London University with a Masters in Politics.
Jo Malone has been described as an 'English scent maverick' and the woman responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragrances.
Originally a facial therapist, Jo discovered an instinctual talent for fragrance whilst making scented products by hand in her kitchen. From these artisan beginnings Jo launched her first brand, Jo Malone London which quickly gained cult status around the world.
Rochelle - a self-proclaimed 'professional multitasker' – is just that. As well as being a full-time mum to Alaia-Mai and her latest addition Valentina, Rochelle co-hosts ITV’s hugely popular show “Ninja Warrior” now in its 4th series, fronts various segments on “This Morning” and “Lorraine”, is a co-host for “Children In Need” alongside her husband Marvin, and has her own skincare and body cosmetics range “HiGlow” whilst also representing “Maxfactor” and “Clairol” in Superdrug stores.
Reggie is renowned for his work within TV and Film and most recently appeared in ‘Reggie Yates: Hidden Australia’, in January. ‘Hidden Australia: Addicted to Ice’ explored the drugs epidemic in Melbourne.
Late last year, Reggie was seen in a new investigative documentary on murder culture/gun violence in Chicago, in particular amongst young African American men, Reggie Yates: Life and Death in Chicago which recently aired on BBC. Earlier in 2016, Reggie was seen in BBC Three two-parter series The Insider. The first episode saw Reggie spend a week behind bars in a Texan jail and in the second episode, Reggie joined the army in Acapulco, a city now considered one of the most violent on earth. 2016 also saw Reggie present Billionaire’s Wardrobe, a documentary for BBC Two.
In 2015, Reggie presented the award-winning documentary series, Extreme UK for BBC Three, where he tackled a variety of issues, such as homosexuality in minority communities and the rise of British men against Feminism. Extreme UK won Reggie an RTS Award for ‘Best Presenter’, as well as ‘Best Factual Programme’ at Edinburgh TV Festival. In 2014, Reggie wrote and directed comedy short film, Date Night, which won ‘Best UK Short Film’ at the London Independent Film Festival and has recently completed his latest short film Shelter, presented by BBC Films.
2017 will see Reggie return with a second series of The Insider, for the BBC, airing later this Summer, followed by his debut book in October, ‘Unseen’.
This second series of The Insider, split in to three episodes, follows Reggie as he immerses himself in three very different environments around the world. Reggie first spends a week in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq, finding out what life is like for a 21st Century refugee. He then travels to the US where he spends a week as a prison guard at North Carolina’s High Point Detention Centre, Guildford County Jail. In the final episode in the series, Reggie spends the week in Agbogbloshie, the world’s largest e-waste dumping site and a former wetland in Accra, Ghana where disease and death is rife.
This year will also see Reggie release his debut book with BBC Books in October, taking readers behind the scenes on his journey from TV presenter to documentary maker. ‘Unseen’ will explore the journey Reggie has taken in the documentary world and unpick the stories behind the fascinating characters and situations he has encountered. The book also chronicles Reggie’s own personal growth after each shoot.
In 1996, Katie established herself as a talented and dynamic model when she appeared as ‘Jordan’ in The Sun’s page 3, which quickly made her a regular in one of the nation’s most loved tabloids. Katie has been seen on a number of different front covers including Vogue, Playboy, Elle, New Women, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and many more.
She has also established herself in the publishing industry, releasing her first autobiography, ‘Being Jordan’ in 2004, since then she has gone on to publish four more with her newest book ‘Reborn’ set to be released September 2016. As well as her writing, Katie is a savvy businesswomen and has endorsed many brands and created her own ranges over the years. She has contributed and designed lingerie, jewellery, clothing and hair care which have all been sold in leading department stores throughout the UK.
Since the beginning of 2016, Katie has become a regular panelist on Loose Women, and her new reality series - ‘Katie Price’s Pony Club’ - debuted in August and gave TLC one of their highest rating shows since the network launched in the UK.
Katie is launching ‘Katie Price Beauty’ , ‘Katie Price Nutrition’ and going on the road for a series of ‘Evenings With’.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.
In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.
Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
One of the pillars of British comedy, Stephen Fry is also a successful stage and screen actor, a hugely engaging presenter, a best-selling writer and an accomplished director. Alongside the quiz QI, his latest projects involve tracking down species facing extinction and travelling across America in his London taxi. Films include Sherlock Holmes 2 and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
Stephen emerged as a major talent with supporting roles in The Young Ones and Blackadder, before becoming one half of Fry & Laurie with university friend Hugh. The two went on to film four series of PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster.
Stephen won critical acclaim as the beleaguered but brilliant Irish wit in the Hollywood biopic Wilde. Maintaining a literary connection he went on to appear in Tristram Shandy and direct Bright Young Things, adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies.
He has brought Harry Potter to life for millions of Radio Four listeners, lifted a taboo with a series on depression and traced his roots in Who Do You Think You Are? He has also become television’s most polished awards host and a favourite guest on countless panel shows.
Stephen Fry’s writing credits include The Liar, Paperweight, The Tennis Stars’ Balls and the memoirs Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles. He also wrote the book for the long-running West End revival of Me & My Girl.
India is the founder and Chief Executive of Only Fingers and Toes, a luxury british nail brand with heavy philanthropic and eco credentials. Only Fingers and Toes are recipients of multiple awards the most notable being Walpole Brands of Tomorrow, Positive Luxury, and Cool Brands.
India began her career in Investment Banking and held both regional and global CIO and COO roles. In her final role in banking, India was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of JPMorgan’s 15,000 person Global Technology and Operations division.
India will be speaking on the impact of listening to your heart over your head when making career decisions.
Martin Glenn was appointed The FA's Chief Executive Officer on 18 May 2015.
Martin is a veteran of industry and has built up a reputation for making well-loved British brands more dynamic, competitive and international in their reach.
Prior to The FA, Martin was CEO at United Biscuits, a £1bn company which is home to the McVitie's and Jacobs brands and with a rapidly growing international division.
He came to prominence during his time at Walkers Snack Foods in 1992, enlisting England's second greatest goal scorer of all time, Gary Lineker, to play a key promotional role in his marketing campaigns.
Having increased Walkers' market share from the mid-20s to more than 60%, he became company President in 1998 and ran the business till 2006, when he left to join Birdseye, which had been acquired from Unilever for £1.2bn.
In 2003, he was awarded Marketing Week's CEO of the Year, and in 2004 was voted the UK's most influential marketer by Marketing Magazine.
An FA qualified grassroots coach, Martin is also a former Leicester City FC non-executive Director, having sat on the Club's Board between 2002-2006.
Martin has also worked for Cadbury Schweppes, Mars and Deloitte, and is President of the Marketing Society, having started a two-year term in January 2014.
Byron Sharp is a Professor of Marketing Science and Director of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute – the world’s largest institute for research into marketing.
His first book How Brands Grow: what marketers don’t know has been called one of the most influential marketing books of the past decade (Warc, 2015) and was voted marketing book of the year by AdAge readers. In 2015 he published the follow-up How Brands Grow Part 2 with Professor Jenni Romaniuk, and he has also written a textbook Marketing: Theory, Evidence, Practice which reflects modern knowledge about marketing and evidence-based thinking.
Byron has co-hosted, with Professor Jerry Wind, two conferences at the Wharton Business School on the laws of advertising, and is on the editorial board of five journals.
Mark Ritson is Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School and Visiting Professor of Marketing at Singapore Management University. He has a PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University and has been a faculty member at some of the world's leading business schools teaching on the MBA programs at London Business School, MIT Sloan, and the University of Minnesota. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best marketing instructors and has been the recipient of awards for his teaching at LBS, MIT, SMU and MBS.
Mark has worked globally on projects ranging from brand strategy, market research, segmentation, CRM, marketing communications, brand acquisition, brand valuation and brand extension. For thirteen years - from 2002 to 2015 - he served as in-house professor for LVMH - the world's largest luxury group - working with senior executives from brands like Louis Vuitton, Dom Perignon, Fendi, Tag Heuer, Dior and Hennessy.
Mark has written a weekly column on branding for Marketing Week for over a decade. On three occasions he has been judged the Business Columnist of the Year at the PPA Press Awards, the highest award for magazine journalism in the UK. He is also a columnist for The Australian newspaper. His more scholarly publications include articles published in Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Advertising, and the Journal of Consumer Research. He was the recipient of the Ferber Award in 2000, one of the most prestigious prizes in Marketing, for his doctoral thesis.
In October 2012, Tim Davie was announced as the incoming Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide and Director of Global, and took up his post in April 2013.
He was made Acting BBC Director-General on 10 November 2012.
Prior to this Tim was Director of BBC Audio & Music where he had overall responsibility for the BBC’s national radio services including Radios 1, 2, 3, 4 and its digital services as well as music output and performing groups.
Tim was appointed to the role of Director, Audio & Music on 1 September 2008.
Previously he was Director of the BBC's Marketing, Communications & Audiences division from April 2005 and before that Vice President, Marketing and Franchise, PepsiCo Europe.
He read English at Cambridge University and from there joined Procter and Gamble.
He is the Chairman of Comic Relief, Trustee of the Tate and Vice Chair of the Royal Television Society. Prior to joining Comic Relief, he was a trustee and Vice-Chair of Children In Need.
One of the most recognised figures in World Sport, Tom has competed for Great Britain in three Olympics, winning two medals, and is reigning 10 metre World Champion following his gold medal in Budapest earlier this year.
Away from the pool, Tom was one of the first athletes to vlog on Youtube and his channel gained worldwide attention when he released a video to announce he was in a relationship with his now-husband Dustin Lance Black. His content ranges from workout videos, health hacks, recipe videos and vlogs about married life.
Tom hosted the ITV show Splash! From 2013-14 and has been named the UK’s Young Sports Personality of the Year three times.
As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Keith is a member of the Unilever Executive and responsible for the Marketing, Communications and Sustainable Business functions.
His responsibilities are aligned to support Unilever’s vision: to grow the business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact. Keith sees sustainability as a driver of consumer-led profitable growth. He led the creation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and has also pioneered new ways of integrating sustainability into the business.
Keith has led a step change in marketing at Unilever, most notably with significant advances in digital marketing and technologies, and has championed the development of brands with purpose through Unilever’s crafting Brands for Life strategy.
Outside Unilever he is a Fellow of The Marketing Society, and as an engineering graduate, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He is also Chairman of the World Economic Forum Consumer Industry Board, Chairman of Business in the Community International, Chairman of the not-for-profit Collectively, President of the History of Advertising Trust, Global Chairman of the Positive Change Effie Award, and a Non Executive Director of Sun Products Corporation.