Press Release: Advertising Association challenges leading members to sign up with Speakers for Schools

6 March 2014

Photo of Cilla Snowball, chairman of the Advertising Association with students at Haydon School

Speakers for Schools is delighted to be working with the Advertising Association to mobilise leading individuals from the advertising world to visit state secondary schools in the UK.

As part of this year’s Advertising Week Europe, the AA is challenging business leaders from the UK’s top agencies, brands and media owners to become speakers with Speakers for Schools. The AA aims to add at least 50 leading names from across advertising agencies, media and brands to the initiative. The Guardian supplement with the AA and S4S on why top execs are giving their time as speakers can be downloaded from the Advertising Association website (PDF).

Speakers already committed include:

  • Google’s Matt Brittin
  • JCDecaux’s Jean-Francois Decaux
  • Procter & Gamble’s Roisin Donnell
  • Starcom MediaVest Group Europe’s Stewart Easterbrook
  • M&C Saatchi’s Moray MacLennan
  • Unilever’s Amanda Sourry

Tim Lefroy, Chief Executive of the Advertising Association said:

“This is good for young people and good for our businesses. UK advertising is full of opportunity but to realise it, we must connect with – and recruit from – society as widely as possible.”

Cilla Snowball, a Speakers for Schools speaker, Group Chairman and Group CEO, AMV BBDO and Chairman of the Advertising Association, said:

“Being a speaker gave me two fantastic opportunities – to open students’ eyes to the creativity and innovation in our sector and, most importantly, to tell them that they will be defined by their ambition, not their background.”

Robert Peston, BBC Business Editor and founder of Speakers for Schools, said:

“Our speakers range from great thinkers, writers and actors to business leaders and sports stars. It’s great to get this sort of support from a sector full of creativity and innovation – and I guarantee that those who get involved will find it just as rewarding as the students.”

Speakers are asked to commit to one talk per year and are fully supported by Speakers for Schools.

See the full press release on the Advertising Association website.