Karen Stacey is Digital Cinema Media’s CEO, and is currently overseeing a transformation of cinema’s role in the modern media mix with a strategy to align with the AV market. The past year alone has seen brands and their agencies pull off a string of media firsts in the space, further enhancing the big screen’s everlasting ability to captivate audiences through its unique immersive and dynamic environment. This has resulted in significant growth for the cinema medium and DCM being named Sales Team of the Year by advertising title Campaign at the 2017 Media Week Awards.
In 2016, Karen was honoured as one of Ad Age’s Women to Watch Europe and named as one of Campaign’s commercial sales chiefs of the year. Karen is also a member of WACL, the Marketing Society.
Adam Hopkinson is the founder of LDTRT - digital excellence consultants, helping digital businesses solve commercial issues and create best practice. Adam is a supporter of the use of new technology in media and advertising and as an advocate of blockchain and the transparency it delivers.
Adam has been Honorary Secretary fo the solus club since 2017 having been introduced to the club as a member by Ged Glover in 2013 to eventually take the reins from him.
A graduate of Economic Geography, Mark has over 20 years board level experience in media agencies, media owners & technology businesses.
Mark is a passionate & curious marketing professional who is respected for 'getting the job done' with energy & creativity. His consumer-first, ideas-centric approach has helped him grow revenue, build teams, enhance reputations, convert new business & win multiple industry Awards.
Highlights include: agency lead for Coca-Cola GB, MasterCard, Bacardi-Martini portfolio, Telegraph Media Group, Xbox, Royal Mail, Young Enterprise
A keen marathon & ultra-marathon runner and most recently completed 2016 and 2017 Marathon des Sables raising £50,000+ for military charity Walking With The Wounded.
Senior general and commercial manager with extensive leadership experience in print, digital and mobile media. Focused on strategy and creating the right framework and environment to allow teams to deliver outstanding results.
Have delivered record advertising revenues, successfully turned around underperforming brands and companies, created high-performing teams that beat the market and launched new magazines, websites and apps. Cut publishing teeth in print advertising; progressing to cross-media publishing. In recent years focused on commercial product development as an enabler for rapid revenue growth.
Hiighlights include nomination for the inaugural PPA Interactive Magazine of the Year for CVG.com and leading Magicalia to become AOP Independent Publisher of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
An accomplished leader who inspires people to achieve lasting change and transform results. Clear strategic vision founded in customer understanding. Strong management disciplines and intellectual rigour, paired with vision, insight, empathy and passion drive outstanding execution. Proven track record of success in both public and private equity businesses, across TMT and in FMCG; repeatedly promoted by every employer. Particularly relishes tough challenges and turn-arounds.
Specialties: Setting and delivering strategy, implementing change programmes and providing strong leadership for people and teams by ensuring clear direction and inspiring greater achievement. Leadership qualities are: passion, determination, energy, vision, strategy and fairness.
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Sarah Braben is an award-winning, marketing and communications expert who has spent the past 25 years working with CEO’s and business leaders in the media, technology, advertising and digital sectors, advising on communication strategies to build business brands, manage their reputations and support their commercial objectives. Sarah created, built and sold Braben PR, the first and highly respected, specialist PR consultancy for the media, advertising and technology sectors.
Sarah was previously Marketing Director and Director of Communications for Capital Radio plc.
In 2017, Sarah launched Magnify London a strategic marketing consultancy supporting leaders in developing strategy, messaging and communications framework to match their business ambitions.
Chris Goldson, Director of Commercial Marketing and Pitch Development, ITV
Chris has almost 30 years' experience working for media brands including Media Week, Financial Times Business, BBC Worldwide and, more recently, 9 years at Virgin Radio / Absolute Radio where he was Commercial Director. He joined ITV in 2011 to lead its creative strategy team, and he now also leads ITV's Commercial Marketing.
He's been a member of the Solus Club since 2012. Chris also produces small quantities of all-grain brewed craft beer in his garage, making him extremely popular with the neighbours.
(President 2017 and 2011)
Bill Hart was President in 2011.
He worked in the creative agency world for nearly 40 years, twenty of which were running HDM and SOUK with Andrew Durant and Sarah Morgan.
Much of the business was based on travel with clients including Continental, Flybe, Haven and Emirates. He has always believed that no strategy can be successful unless the brand itself is fully understood and feels passionately about business success being led by the assets of the brand.
Denise has worked in communications research for more than 25 years, and loves the fact she gets to ask why for a living. She was clearly destined to be in media research after she and her family spent some time on the BARB panel in Ulster in the early 1980’s.
After many years at agencies, she joined Newsworks in 2015, and has delivered several award-winning projects as part of her role overseeing the insight programme at the marketing body for national newsbrands.
Denise is married with two children, and loves spending time in the kitchen baking. Like Zoe she loves to support her national rugby team – Ireland in her case. So having an English rugby-mad husband makes for interesting times in the Turner household! She lives in (hopefully!) novichok-free Salisbury.
Zoe Jones is Digital Cinema Media’s (DCM) Marketing & Insight Director. She joined in October 2012 and has since been responsible for shaping brand messaging and marketing for DCM.
Zoe has spent her whole career working in the media industry and prior to DCM, Zoe held senior marketing and communications roles at Clear Channel and PPA – the trade association for consumer and B2B magazine publishers.
Zoe is also a keen photographer, a fan of sci-fi and fantasy books and films and a passionate supporter of the Welsh rugby team.