The Summit is invitation-only, for up to 250 participants. A minimum of 80% of attendees were Owners and Senior Directors of independent agencies. Other attendees were speakers and invitees from companies with a legitimate interest in the independent sector.

The content was 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 had a program of world class speakers – led by Adam Morgan, Founder of eatbigfish and inventor of the challenger brand concept, so relevant to independent agencies. For more information on the speakers, please see the Speakers page on this site.

The Agenda 2017

The Summit had 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 began on the evening of Tuesday 13th June, with a welcome cocktail reception to which all delegates were invited. The cost was included in the delegate fee. This was very kindly being hosted by our generous sponsor Kingston Smith, at their beautiful new office in Gresse Street, Central London. It continued the same evening, with small scale “curated” dinners in fashionable London restaurants, for carefully chosen groups of 12 to 15 delegates per restaurant.

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

The 2018 programme will be announced soon, but it will similar to the 2017 programme which you can find below.

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:
Meabh 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?
Delegate perspectives from around the world: speakers include

- Michael Murphy, Non-Executive, Business Adviser & Mentor Michael Murphy & Ltd (moderator)
- Penny Burgess, Managing Director, WE Red Bridge
- Nitin Mantri, Partner and CEO, Avian Media
- Terryanne Chebet, TV Presenter & Partner, Scarlet Digital
- Ahmed Saadeldin, Director of Strategic Planning, Red Impact
- Kevan Aspoas, CEO, The Jupiter Drawing Room

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

- Terry McMillan, Founder, Chief Architect & CEO, AccountAbility
- Kevin Freedman, Founder, Freedman International
- Felicity Jackson, Founder & Director, Casting Days & StarNow
- Chris Lever, Founder, Agency DNA
- Michael Moffett, Managing Director & Founder, Production Service Network

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

The Natural History Museum, London:

19.30 Cocktails, sponsored by Choozle
20.00 Celebration Dinner and ‘The Indie Awards’ with guest speaker Dr Jeffrey Streicher Ph.D., of The Natural History Museum

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

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

10.40 Coffee break

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

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

- 11.55 Transforming the value of your agency
- Darren Shirlaw, Founder of Shirlaws Group

12.25 THE INDIE AWARDS: A jury’s perspective THE INDIE SUMMIT judges panel discussion:

- Siân Jones, Conference Facilitator, (moderator)
- Three judges to be announced”

12.50 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
- Lucy Hayman, Managing Director, Blueprint Partners, London
- Thomas Laranjo,  Managing Director, Total Media, London
- One more speaker 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 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) Celebration Dinner on Wednesday – with The Indie Awards and guest speaker Dr. Jeffrey W. Streicher, Ph.D.

For more information on the Indie Summit networking events and book tickets, click here


The conference opened 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 finished at 17.30 (5.30pm). This allowed delegates who wished to also attend the Cannes Festival of Creativity (June 17 – 24th) or, return to the US for Fathers’ Day (June 18th) to do so with ease.

Where can i stay?

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