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

The content is 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.

A few of this year’s themes include:

- What’s going wrong in our industry – and what we can do about it
- Multi-sensory communication: a new revenue stream for agencies
- Integrity in the era of Fake News: inspirational stories from people who walk the talk
- The talent crisis in the agency business – how to tackle the issue
- New perspectives – from the west and the east - on networking, collaboration, artificial intelligence and innovation


The Summit has three major elements:

  • Thursday 17th May: A Day of Learning and Sharing
  • Friday 18th May: 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 Wednesday 16th May, with a welcome cocktail reception to which all delegates are invited. The cost is included in the delegate fee. Once again, this is very kindly being hosted by our generous sponsor Kingston Smith, at their beautiful new office in Gresse Street, Central London. The evening continues with small scale “curated” dinners in fashionable London restaurants, for carefully chosen groups of between 12 to 15 delegates per restaurant. By the end of the evening, you will have many new friends and contacts. And then, throughout the conference days, we will ensure sufficient time to network with other delegates during coffee and lunch breaks. Finally, there will be a spectacular gala dinner on Thursday 17th, where THE INDIE AWARDS will be presented.

The Agenda is now almost complete, with just a few speakers yet to be confirmed. Here is what you can look forward to:

Wednesday 16th May:


18.30 Welcome cocktail reception Sponsored by Kingston Smith, at their new office in Gresse Street
19.30 “Curated dinners” in fashionable local restaurants

Thursday 17th May:

A Day of Learning and Sharing

Thursday 17th May: The Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park
08.00 Registration and coffee
08.45 Opening remarks:
Julian Boulding, President, thenetworkone

09.00 What’s wrong with our business – and what we can do about it
Michael Farmer, Author of “Madison Avenue Manslaughter”
Esther Carder, Media Specialist Partner, Kingston Smith

10.00 What Clients really want from their agencies
Panel discussion with leading international CMOs / CCOs

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 What agencies need to know: some key topics of 2018

Creative content: myth and reality
Marsha Lindsay, CEO and Founder, Lindsay Stone and Briggs and Founder, Brandworks University, Madison WI, USA

What works in Social Media – and what does not
Brett Lofgren, President North America and Global CRO, NewsWhip, New York, USA

The gravy train comes off the rails: how the media transparency issue is transforming our industry
Speaker TBC

How agencies need to act smarter, commercially
Tom Lewis, Former Chief Financial Officer, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, London, UK

12.45 Lunch break

13.45 Beyond the page, behind the screen: new revenue streams from multi-sensory communications

How the brain processes sensory information
Professor Charles Spence, Head of Cross-modal Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK

Prepare to be blown away: a real-life demo of creativity in sound
Manuel Faria, Owner, Indigo Sound Branding, Portugal

It’s there in the numbers: measuring the effect on your clients’ business
Joao Barbosa, Managing Partner, Artificial Intelligence Retail and Design, Lisbon, Portugal

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

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 The future of our industry: tackling the talent crisis

Mark Slattery, People Management Specialist, Kingston Smith, presents new research into how to attract and retain talent - followed by an expert panel discussion. Panellists to include:

Marla Kaplowitz, CEO, The 4A’s (American Association of Advertising Agencies)
Kathy Cripps, former Head of the PR Council and Partner, Prosper Group, New York
Toba Shahabi, Create Product Exec, Clear Channel Outdoor, London

16.25 The future of your agency: Build it? Sell it? Pass it on?

Dan Egerton, Founding Partner, Actus Consulting, London, UK
Alex Halbur, Managing Partner, Prosper Group, Washington DC, USA

16.50 What does success look like?

Florian Haller, Owner of Europe’s largest independent agencies network, Serviceplan, Germany

17.15 Close of Day One Conference Program

19.00 Optional Evening Program

19.00 The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London
A unique experience in the home of London’s finest privately acquired art collection

19.00 Cocktails among the masterpieces
20.00 Celebration Dinner and ‘The Indie Awards’ with guest speaker to be announced

Friday 18th May:

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 “Keynote address: “The Power of Purpose”
Melissa Waggener Zorkin, CEO, WE Communications

09.30 “The Value of Integrity in the Era of Fake News”

Roger Bolton, Former US Presidentlal Advisor, now President, The Arthur W. Page Society, New York
Yvette Dobromirova, Activist and Founder, PRo PR, Sofia, Bulgaria
Additional speaker to be announced

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Topic to be confirmed
Kanika Singal, Founding Partner, Cosmos Strategy, India

11.30 Improve your profit, by improving your pricing
Tim Williams, Founding Partner, Ignition Group, USA

12.45 Lunch break

13.45 Technology meets Creativity: a view from the east, a view from the west

Speakers to include:
Meabh Quoirin, Founder and CEO, Foresight Factory
Simon Gosling, Futurist, Unruly UK
Andrew Garrihy, CMO EMEA, Huawei, China
Viveca Chan, Chairman and CEO, WE Marketing Group

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 How real change is driven by Human Insight
Speaker to be confirmed

16.25 Innovation becomes reality: the amazing flying man
Richard Browning, engineer and inventor

16.55 Closing remarks
Julian Boulding, President, thenetworkone

17.00 Conference close, followed by informal drinks and networking

We will finish at 17.00 allowing those that need to, plenty of time to reach the airport. For everyone else, we’ll be hosting informal drinks at a local pub and celebrating the Royal Wedding that takes place on Saturday 19th May.

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 Wednesday evening: with the option of small-scale “curated dinners” with like-minded fellow delegates.

THE INDIE AWARDS and Celebration Dinner on Thursday at the amazing Wallace Collection, central London.

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

Where can i stay?

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