BIMA South The Great Debate: Is the agency model broken?

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Join the BIMA South Council in Bournemouth on Tuesday 2nd April as we debate: Is the agency model broken?

Hear from agencies and clients on how the traditional ways of working are changing. We have invited guest experts to join us as we hear from both sides of the table and exploring what’s working well and what needs to change.

Expect some heated debate as we wrestle with the topics and issues that are important and affect our industry.

The event will be moderated by Katie Street who heads up Growth Marketing and New Business for the Etch Group.

This event is free to BIMA members, £5 to non-members. We would love you to join us! If you have any questions, please get in touch with 


Our first confirmed panel speaker is Conner Josey, Director of Digital Enterprise Strategy & Marketing at BT. Conner is a disruptive digital delivery leader with a passion for turning strategy in to reality, he’s worked in corporates, consultancy, agency as well as an independant, so is well placed to participate in this debate. More speakers will be announced soon.

Conner Josey, Director of Digital Enterprise Strategy, BT

Joining Conner will be Chris Cardew,  Chris is Head of Planning at the Sideshow Agency group. He has 15 years agency experience across a range of different agency sizes and disciplines, with previous roles including Head of Strategy at Mindshare and a senior strategist at Naked Communications. Today he leads integrated planning for clients including BT, American Apparel, Experian, Badger Beer, Rio soft drinks and Mitchells and Butler. 

Chris Cardew, Head of Planning, Sideshow Agency Group

Katie Street, Group Sales & Marketing Director for Etch Group, Katie currently sits on the board for digital and innovation consultancies Etch & Big Radical where she leads the new business and marketing strategies.

Her career in the creative and digital industries spans almost 20 years, having worked for well-known brands such as Absolut Vodka, Savills, and FHM, and driving the marketing and sales strategies for agencies including Redweb and AmazeRealise where she was responsible for winning clients including Cancer Research, The LTA, Crest Nicholson and Farrow & Ball to name a few. Katie will bring both her brand and agency experience to the debate.  

Katie Street, Group Sales & Marketing Director, Etch Group

Joining Conner, Chris  and Katie will be Andy Russell. Andy’s co-founder and Creative Director at Mega with over 12 years design experience. Ranging from global brand identity creation and digital product development, to award-winning film production and exhibition design.

Previously, as the Global Design Director at Lush Cosmetics, he collaborated with some of the UK’s top design and digital agencies to produce their first native mobile app and short film ‘The Experimenter’. During his time with Lush, Andy was responsible for delivering innovative design solutions and strategic brand initiatives that led to creative growth of the company worldwide.

Andy Russell, Co-founder and Creative Director, Mega


Tue, 02 Apr 2019
17:00 - 19:00


Executive Business Centre 89 Holdenhurst Rd Bournemouth BH8 8EB,
South West

This event is taking place at the Executive Business Centre in Lansdowne, hosted by Bournemouth University. 



Jan Carlyle

Jan is passionate about delivering outstanding events and earnt the nickname Event Master by one of her speakers. Jan is the curator and licensee for TEDxWinchester, and event producer for Binary Festival, Pokémon Go Festival and host of Tea and Toast,  building community locally in Winchester. Jan is also a Champion for Change 2020 as part of BIMA100.

When she is not organising, Jan loves to bake, travel and explore (which invariably involves more organising)

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