Russ Lidstone

CEO, The Creative Engagement Group


Russ is Group CEO of The Creative Engagement Group (TCEG), a group of four agencies – WRG, The Moment, Just Communicate and Axiom.

Russ worked with private equity house LDC to help create, structure and position TCEG and exit its investment in the strategic trade sale to Huntsworth plc in 2017.
Before TCEG, Russ spent his career in advertising, as CEO of Havas Worldwide where he successfully developed its integrated digital, social and PR capabilities.

After starting his career with Coca-Cola, he worked for the early part of his career as strategist and Head of Planning at a number of advertising agencies including McCann; BDDH; HHCL & Partners; Lowe and JWT before moving into general management.

Russ has featured as a Campaign magazine ‘Top 10 CEO’ and ‘Top 10 Strategist’, plus been voted one of the UK’s ‘Inspirational Creative Leaders’.
Russ is a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain, a mentor for The Marketing Academy; a Fellow of the RSA; EMBA & MBA entrepreneurial projects evaluator for Said Business School; lead advisor to UWL and former non-executive director of Basketball England.

Russ is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Creative Mentor Network.

Related speakers

Josh Krichefski

CEO of MediaCom UK

Professor Ian Cumming

CEO, Health Education England

Evelyn Welch

Vice-Principal of King's College London and Trustee of the V & A Museum

Efa Gruffudd-Jones

Former CEO of Urdd Gobaith Cymru

Kate Bellingham

Engineer & Broadcaster

Professor Sir Richard Jolly thumbnail

Professor Sir Richard Jolly

Chairman, UN Association of the UK