The Creative Culture Advisory Board

At Creative Culture, we have a real passion for cultures and global communications.

To further promote this, Summer 2018 sees the launch of our new Advisory Board, comprised of senior leaders from marketing and communications, business management, digital economy, academia and cultural consulting. All members share a passion to make communication across cultures and markets more relevant, understandable and clear, and to provide industry leadership with innovative discussion and engagement.

The objective of the Creative Culture Advisory Board is to champion current standards and processes so we can continuously improve how global brands interact with local customers.

Adele Ghantous

Founder of Lapis Angularis
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Adele is the founder of Lapis Angularis, a consultancy specialised in Digital Transformation and Marketing Operations.

With over 20 years of experience in the digital space, Adele has always been at the forefront of developing new technologies and innovative solutions. Her career started in Canada, launching one of the pioneering high-speed fibre optic internet services. She then joined DoubleClick in Product Management, working on one of the leading global Email Marketing platforms. Following that, she spent several years with WPP agencies, driving marketing transformation through the set-up of Marketing Operations and compliance centres of excellence for Wunderman’s global clients, including Microsoft and Nokia, and for various WPP agencies across creative, activation and media.

Anton Ruddenklau

Partner & Head of Digital & Innovation, Financial Services, KPMG
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Anton is a Partner and the Head of Digital & Innovation for Financial Services in KPMG in the UK.

He specializes in business, corporate and institutional banking, and provides advice on strategy, growth and client development to top tier global companies, banks, infrastructure providers, and more.

Throughout his career, Anton has led or worked on over 150 growth projects across corporates and financial institutions in the fields of sales transformation, digital and innovation, client strategy and segmentation, regulation, product and proposition development around global markets, payments and cash management, trade and supply chain, investment management, and segment strategies.

Prior to working in Financial Services, Anton has worked on growth projects with many large global corporates in the Consumer and Technology sectors.

Claire Randall

Founder and CEO, Claire Randall Consulting
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Claire Randall is the Founder and CEO of Claire Randall Consulting, a global production consultancy with its headquarters in London.Claire started out as a TV Producer at Saatchi and Saatchi London. In 1996 she formed the company to manage all TV production for Mars Europe, across all categories, on an exclusive basis. Mars is still one of CRC’s longest standing clients.

In 2000, CRC extended its coverage to the US and over the years has expanded into Asia Pac and the Middle East. CRC now works with a wide range of advertisers including adidas, McDonalds, Kellogg’s, Axa and Beam Suntory, helping them manage their production needs across broadcast, digital, print and radio.

Claire is a well-known figure in the industry, consulting and advising for industry bodies such as ISBA (Incorporated Society of British Advertisers), and the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) and the ANA (Association of National Advertisers).

Fons Trompenaars

Founder, Trompenaars Hampden-Turner (THT)
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Fons Trompenaars graduated with a PhD from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He later joined the Personnel Division for Shell, and in 1989, alongside Charles Hampden-Turner, he co-founded the Centre for International Business Studies. Together, they also created the model for national cultural differences, guidelines for cross-cultural communication which can be applied to general business and management.

Fons has since spent over 30 years helping Fortune 500 leaders manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas in order to increase global effectiveness and performance.

Today, Fons is regularly listed as one of the world’s most influential management speakers and has been awarded various prestigious international prizes for his work. He has featured in Thinkers50, the well-known global ranking of management thinkers, since 2011 and has been inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2017. It salutes contributions who have made a lasting and vital impact on how organisations are led and managed.

Today, Fons is internationally recognised for his work as a consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of various books, including “Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business” which sold over 120,000 copies and was translated into 16 languages.

John Smythe

The art of dispersed decision making
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After co-founding the communication consultancy Smythe Dorward Lambert in 1989, John went on to co-found Engage for Change in 2004, specialising in helping management teams engage themselves and their people in developing business strategy, operational improvement and organisational change with over 50 organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, the BBC, Total UK, BA, parts of UK government, the EU commission, global pharma companies, PWC, Freshfields Druckhaus Deringer, Stewarts Law (UK’s leading litigation law firm), DLA Piper, M&S, Arcelor Mittal, SAP, RBS, Aviva, NYSE Euronext, C&A, and Microsoft.

John is a seasoned facilitator of conflicted groups and a speaker on the dynamics of engagement around the world.

His specialism lies in the design of creative interventions, as well as advising how to coach groups and individuals at all levels to enable them to participate in dispersed decision forming.

Having extensively written on these subjects in his three books, he now has another on the way on the secrets of women entrepreneurs (with co-author Ruth Saunders, an expert in involving top teams in strategic marketing). And is working on a book for children – The tails of Harry Fox based stories he told to his now 16 year daughter Coco.

He has on the ground experience across Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and Scandinavia. He advises start- ups and post start ups on turning the bear traps ahead into opportunities.

Mélanie Chevalier

Founder and CEO, Creative Culture
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Mélanie Chevalier is the founder and CEO of Creative Culture, a cross-cultural consultancy based in London.

With 15 years’ industry experience in cross-cultural communications, Mélanie has been helping brands and agencies roll-out their creative concepts and campaigns internationally.

Over the years, Mélanie and her team have gained considerable experience in cross-market communication and strategy by providing real-time local insight and cultural audits, as well as global content and local engagement solutions.

Some of the leading brands Mélanie has been working with include Barclays Wealth, Cointreau, Coty, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, LOréal Luxe, Maserati, Nikon, Nokia, Orange, P&G, Philips, Sanofi, Sony and Urban Decay, amongst many others.

Peter Stephenson-Wright

Director, ESCP Business School
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Peter Stephenson-Wright is Affiliate Professor of Marketing at ESCP Business School, and UK Director of Executive Education and Business Development.

Peter joined ESCP after senior positions in global communications groups including WPP, Publicis and Interpublic. He has worked in France, Germany, Spain as well as
the UK, and with many of the world’s leading brands, including BNP Paribas, Ford, LVMH, Orange, Procter & Gamble, Sony, Uber and the European Parliament, specialising in multinational strategies and campaigns.

At ESCP in London, Peter leads the Executive and Management Training team delivering programmes across the School’s network of six integrated European campuses. He also continues his professional interest in organisational creativity and cross-market communications.

Paul Duncanson

Non-Executive Director, Creative Culture and Managing Partner, Creativebrief Consultancy
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A C Suite executive with general management and marketing expertise gained across a broad range of industries and companies, Paul’s career includes a range of executive and non-executive director appointments.

His experience is grounded on the most professional strategic brand management training with some of the world’s leading brands, the development and direction of multi-discipline teams in many international markets and delivering bottom line profit and growth in often challenging and complex markets. Global organisations include Coca-Cola, GSK, Andrex (Scott Paper), William Grants, Sony and Carlton Communications.

Paul co-founded Creativebrief in 2003, to create a new way of offering brands access to the latest and most relevant marketing intelligence, building a business that has worked with over 500 global brands.

He currently leads the Creativebrief consultancy, focusing on creating and maximising the delivery of marketing strategy, planning and budget effectiveness, and sits as Creative Culture’s non-executive director.

Richard McHardy

Founding Director, The McHardy Collective
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Richard McHardy is the Founding Director of The McHardy Collective Limited - a portfolio of independent creative studios, strategic consultancies and specialist service providers working primarily in content creation, live experience production and workplace culture.

Prior to launching The McHardy Collective in 2012 Richard was 15 years working in business development for several leading international agencies, including five years at WPP. During that time he connected scores of ambitious, bluechip brands with independent creative specialists to ensure activations, campaigns, events and projects were always in the best of hands.

In 2017 Richard also co-founded The BD100 as an annual league table and event recognising the stars of the creative agency business development community across the UK and to shine a light upon the profession in general. The BD100 has since launched BD Sessions as a monthly digital meet-up to unite the same creative agency business development community and to address the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. Both The BD100 and BD Sessions have the support of media partner The Drum.

Robin Jaffray

Director, Ammunition Strategy
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Robin Jaffray is VP Global Brand & Creative for Western Union and is also the Founding Director of Ammunition, a creative strategy agency that delivers multi-channel solutions through a global network of specialists and covers a variety of industries including Financial/Business Services, Consumer Electronics, Audio/Music and Media. Robin also lectures on brand and digital strategy at INSEEC in Geneva.

Acting as Chief Strategy Officer at leading agencies such as FCB Inferno, Chemistry and McCann Erickson, Robin has worked on projects such as Britain’s biggest building projection and Nokia’s global launch of Lumia, as well as brands like Microsoft, Unilever, and Xbox throughout the UK and EMEA.

With a comprehensive background in global strategy, Robin has won Cannes and Effie awards for his work regarding integrated communication strategies, audience insight and segmentation.