The Summit is invitation-only, for up to 300 participants. A minimum of 80% will be Owners and Senior Directors of independent agencies. Other attendees will be speakers and invitees from companies with a legitimate interest in the independent sector.

The content will be relevant to agencies from all marketing and communications disciplines, including advertising and marketing, public relations, media planning and buying, social media and all forms of digital communications.

Once again we will have a program of world class speakers – led this year by Adam Morgan, Founder of eatbigfish and inventor of the challenger brand concept, so relevant to independent agencies. For more information on other confirmed speakers, please see the Speakers page on this site.

The Agenda 2017

The Summit will have three major elements:

  • Wednesday 14th June: A Day of Learning and Sharing
  • Thursday 15th June: A Day of Inspiration
  • Over both days: plenty of opportunities for networking with other independent agency leaders

The networking program will begin on the evening of Tuesday 13th June, with a welcome cocktail reception to which all delegates are invited. The cost is included in the delegate fee. This is very kindly being hosted by our generous sponsor Kingston Smith, at their beautiful new office in Gresse Street, Central London. It will continue the same evening, with small scale “curated” dinners in fashionable London restaurants, for carefully chosen groups of 12 to 15 delegates per restaurant. We will also have a group dinner on the evening of Wednesday 14th June, also at a Central London location.

Making new friends and establishing useful business contacts will be as important as learning from the speakers. Throughout the conference days, we will ensure sufficient time to network with other delegates over during coffee and lunch breaks.

Tuesday 13th June: Kingston Smith, Gresse Street, London
18.30 Welcome cocktail reeceptionlsponsored by Kingston Smith
19.30 “Curated dinners”in fashionable local restaurants

Wednesday 14th June:

A Day of Learning and Sharing

Wednesday 14th June: The Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park
06.15 Optional yoga session in the RCP
08.00 Registration and coffee
08.45 Opening remarks:
Julian Boulding, President, thenetworkone

09.00 The World we Live in Today:
Maebh Quoirin, Managing Director, Foresight Factory, London

09.30 What Clients Want
CMO / CCO panel discussion: speakers include:
- Stephen Maher, Chairman, The Marketing Society (moderator)
- Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar
- Lisa Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer, IBM UK and Ireland

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Hidden Champions: How Small Companies become Global Leaders
Professor Dr. Hermann Simon, Honorary Chairman, Simon-Kucher & Partners, Koln, Germany

11.45 A Framework for Leadership
Gizem Weggemans, Global Head of Communications and Public Affairs Practice, Egon Zehnder, Europe

12.15 What have we heard, what have we learned?
Panel discussion with selected delegates

12.45 Lunch break

14.00 Communicating with Millennials
Jeff Fromm, President, Futurecast and Author, Marketing to Millennials, Kansas City

15.00 “The New Enablers”: quickfire talks from six entrepreneurs, all offering innovative services to independent agencies

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 The role and importance of women in our industry:
- 16.00 Women as Consumers
- Bec Brideson, Founder, Bec Brideson Consulting, Melbourne

- 16.30 Women as Contributors
- Gina Hadley, Co-Founder, the Second Shift and Helen Croft, COO and General Counsel, Mission, New York

- 16.55 Women as Entrepreneurs
- speaker to be confirmed

- 17.25 closing remarks

17.30 Close of Day One conference program

Venue to be confirmed:

19.30 Cocktails, sponsored by Choozle
20.00 Group Dinner, including speaker to be announced and ‘The Indie Awards’

Thursday 15th June:

A Day of Inspiration

Thursday 15th June: The Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park
08.45 Opening remarks:
Julian Boulding, President, thenetworkone

09.00 Seeing the World Differently
Daniel Tammet, High Functioning Autistic Savant, Paris

09.30 “A Beautiful Constraint:” transforming limitations into advantages
Adam Morgan, Founder, eatbigfish, London

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Agency profitability: where has all the money gone?
Esther Carder, Partner, Kingston Smith, London

11.30 How to make serious money from running an agency
- 11.30 What your agency is worth today
- Dan Egerton, Founder, Actus Consulting

- 11.45 Transforming the value of your agency
- speaker to be confirmed

12.15 How to built an independent agency network without losing your soul
Panel of independent holding company leaders

12.45 Lunch break

14.00 Do we need agencies at all?
Ed Greig, Chief Disruptor, Deloitte Digital

14.30 Rethink: how successful agencies have transformed their businesses, and what we can all learn and apply back home.
Speakers include:
- Carrie Kerpen, Founder, Likeable, New York
- other speakers to be announced

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 This is all of us, tomorrow
Speakers from China, India and USA

17.15 Closing remarks
Julian Boulding, President

17.30 Conference close, followed by informal drinks and networking

Networking opportunities

Networking and getting to know your fellow delegates is an important part of the Indie Summit – such opportunities will include:

  • Lunches and coffee-breaks with plenty of time to share experience, develop new contacts and make new friends.
  • Welcome cocktail on Tuesday evening: with the option of small-scale “curated dinners” with like-minded fellow delegates.
  • Optional early morning ‘fitness/yoga program’ in Regent’s Park (for those who like this kind of thing).
  • A formal (but not TOO formal) dinner on Wednesday – possibly with a light-touch awards element.


The conference will open with a welcome cocktail on the evening of Tuesday June 13th; followed by two full conference days, Wednesday June 14th and Thursday June 15th.

On Thursday, we will finish at 17.30 (5.30pm). This will allow delegates who wish, to also attend the Cannes Festival of Creativity (June 17 – 24th) or else, return to the US for Fathers’ Day (June 18th). It’s also close to midsummer day, a beautiful time of year to be in London!

Where can i stay?

There are hotels for all budgets, close to the Summit venue. London also has a thriving Airbnb community.