Philip Slade : A different kind of planner.
Energised strategist. Over 20 years experience split between major agencies and three start-ups. Curious of the world. Engaging story teller with proven entrepreneurial team building skills. I have a first in Industrial Design and two parts to my career. Originally an award winning Creative Director. Now a Planner with a proven record of lateral thinking that has improved the performance of my clients businesses.
I take an active role in the communications industry and have written for The Guardian and The Drum on media issues. I am honorary vice president of the Marketing Agencies Association (MAA). Chaired the judges at the 2017 MAA / Guardian #Do Different strategy awards. I present at the quarterly MAA Green Jam strategy training sessions. I have been a member of the Account Planning Group since 2010. I was also made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2004.
Outside my day job I work with and am co-founder of Food from London, a campaign to celebrate craft food and drink production inside the M25. I also performed in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic opening ceremonies.
Senior Strategist. Keko London. Nov 2016 - present
Working with an amazing group of specialists at this bespoke luxury agency. My focus is on Nyetimber English wines and Bentley Motors. Keko.London
Strategy Director. Vivid Brand. Sept - Nov 2016
Temporary role (Sept - Nov)
Part of Publicis Communications working across a number of their agency brands within 82 Baker Street. London. Strategic lead for Jameson Irish Whiskey global for Vivid. Heineken Champaign’s League and F1 global activation with Poke. Lexus for Chemistry
Managing Partner. Crispin Porter + BOGUSKY March 2014 - July 2016
This group strategic role was created when CP+B brought my start-up agency; Path in 2014. Lead strategist on many new business wins and work on a number of exciting clients in the London office of CP+B, one of the world’s most innovative creative agencies.
Sipsmith Gin. Strategic and comms approach for this award-winning premium gin brand’s first full eComm site. Strategic plan for the co-ordination and linking up of existing social channels to fans. Launching late 2016.
Mini Clubman 2015 global launch: co-Wrote pitch-winning strategy ‘Go with your gut’, to draw potential VW Golf purchasers back to the Mini brand.
New Balance Asia: Won this Hong Kong based account with an experiential strategy called ‘Run On’ which was a concept focused on pushing yourself further. Fun runs with two finish lines one at 5K and then another 1K further on. As well as fitness day activities we added night-time music and social for those pushing on.
Chad Valley. For Britain’s oldest toy brand I wrote a re-launch strategy based around celebrating unstructured playtime. Over 3 years this grew brand awareness in a category of continual decline all with a budget that was a fraction of Chad’s competitors. In terms of executions we made some really cool radio spots that got amazing responses and also made stacks of ultra low budget TV product ads that mainly ran in the run up to Christmas in 2015 & 2016. All of which was backed by bunches of digital work that was contextual to weather and location to match toy specifics
Richard Pinder CEO UK and International CP+B commented, “Today’s multi-channel world demands increasingly innovative approaches to unlocking value in the path to purchase. In integrating Path with CP+B London we now offer clients deep shopper and activation expertise seamlessly connected with award-winning creative ideas.”
Philip Slade, co-founder of Path added, “Consumers now happily skip between digital, physical and social channels to complete a single purchase. They do this while two opposing mind-sets are re-shaping retail; shoppers who seek greater automation, versus those who desire richer experiences. It’s an incredibly exciting time that demands a new approach to insight gathering and planning of activations.”
Co-founder and Strategy Director. Path / The House Worldwide 2013-2014
Path was set up to offer brand building activation strategy, with Laurent-Perrier and Argos Own Brands as founding clients. We wrote a strategy for Laurent-Perrier to appeal to millennial drinkers that, in part, resulted in the brand cancelling its title sponsorship of the Chelsea Flower Show and instead launching an annual immersive experience at the boutique festival Wilderness.
Path was nurtured by The House Worldwide, Richard Pinder’s group of independent creative agencies, which Crispin Porter + Bogusky brought in July 2014. Path was nominated for Best Breakthrough agency in the 2015 MAA/Guardian Awards.
Strategic Consultant. Freelance 2011 - 2013
A high-energy pitchtastic couple of years that also gave me the flexibility of time to focus on rehearsals for the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremonies. Achievements included: for Hometown London; Bupa pitch win. Ciroc pitch win. Rakuten pitch win. Virgin Water pitch win. For Fathom+Hatch in New York, a social media strategy for Harley Davidson. For FCB Inferno, European activation campaign for Nivea for Men. For We Are Social, Danone pitch win. For Camelot International; I assisted in the successful re-launch of the combined Canadian Lottery boards.
Planning Director, Saatchi & Saatchi X, 2010 – 2011
Strategic Lead for the Diageo account with two reports. We focused mainly on the international travel retail channel. Liaised with brand teams, Smirnoff, Tanqueray (GTME launch of ‘Tonight we Tanqueray’), Johnnie Walker F1 & Mentoring, Baileys (launch of Biscotti variant), Bushmills and Guinness (ran insight project about St Patrick’s Day in emerging markets). On behalf of Saatchi & Saatchi I also appeared in 2 episodes of the Hairy Bikers/BBC series about rebranding Meals on Wheels. I completed APG training, The Saatchi Lovemarks academy and received four MAA award nominations resulting in one Best and one Merit won.
Creative Strategist, t7F London, 2007 - 2010
A time of learning new skills as a strategist with the consultancy part of the AW Media group. My key responsibilities were for First Drinks; Sailor Jerry and the all-business class airline Maxjet. For whom I also got to park a Boeing 767 at Stansted airport, which was one of the odder perks of the job.
co-Founder & Executive Creative Director, Passion / Pulse Group 2005 - 2006
Passion won business from Ministry of Sound and Blackwood’s Gin before we merged with the Pulse group to gain scale. For Emirates I designed an epic exhibition stand, a three-story high revolving globe which was still winning awards in 2013! For Diageo I worked on the award winning Pimm’s summer and winter cup campaigns as well as Smirnoff, Bushmills and Johnnie Walker F1. My favourite Diageo project was the launch of the World Class programme, as well as coming up with the name, I helped devise a structure for this advocacy programme, which is now considered the drinks industry gold standard for career progression.
co-Founder & Executive Creative Director,
Hicklin Slade & Partners, 1998 - 2005
Starting from my front room HS&P became an iconic agency that at its height employed 90 and went onto sell for £9 million to Karmarama. Our first project was for Diageo, which saw me in Ibiza for a week reporting on the effects of club culture on drinking habits. We continued to work with Diageo on Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray and The Classic Malts. We also won work from Molson Coors. The National Lottery, Britvic and Honda, For Honda we won a stack of awards and I got to work closely with W+K London including the inspiring planner Russell Davis.
Summer 2012 was an unbelievable time for me as I had spent my weekends and evenings since April rehearsing for performances in both the Olympic and Paralympics. My roles varied from being one of the workers in the industrial revolution section of Danny Boyles spectacular Olympic opening to leading the Russian Team out during the Paralympics closing ceremony –given the chance I can bore for England about the experience!
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I am @piehead on Twitter, why Piehead?**
** = AKA Professor Piehead named after the Viz character of the same name. This was during my first stint at Saatchi's. due to a number of 'incidents' in my office at the time (1990 we've all grown up since then), when things broke, fireworks were actually only involved once. The tattoo? not piehead, but the mad hatter from Alice in Wonderland, that's from my clubbing days and is an altogether longer story.