Innovators, Visionaries, Pioneers
GUARDIAN CULTURE PROFESSIONALS NETWORK and THE HOSPITAL CLUB PRESENT the h.Club 100
Finalists

Barnaby Cook & Nick Francis

Co-Founders, Casual Films

Cook and Francis’ corporate and commercials production company puts caring about people and the planet at the centre of what it does. Since 2006 they've made over 3,500 films and won 50 international awards. This year they grew revenue by 64%, opened a New York office and set up the Casual Films Academy and Gear-to-There appeal. The Academy provides film training to underprivileged young people from diverse backgrounds, widening access to the industry. They work on a real brief for a charity that it wouldn't otherwise be able to afford. Gear-to-There sends the production industry’s unused second hand kit to train street children in Africa up to broadcast standard.

Darren Bailes

Executive Creative Director, VCCP

Bailes and his team are the brains behind the Comparethemarket Meerkat, producing one of the most iconic and enduring advertising campaigns of the millenium. This year he has added to this success with an equally brilliant campaign for O2: BE MORE DOG.

Declan Reddington

Co-Founder, AdConnection; Fetch

Reddington is one of the leading entrepreneurs in today's media sector. In 2001, he founded AdConnection, a £20m turnover media planning and buying agency. In 2009, he co-founded Fetch, an industry-leading mobile marketing agency. Fetch is now one of the fast growing companies in the sector with clients include Ebay, Sony and Hotels.com.

Guy Chapman

Managing Director, Target Live!

Chapman has been at the forefront of the repositioning of classical dance as one of the most talked about and discussed art forms in London. As well as working with Bill Kenwright across all of his productions, Target Live is working with Simon Cowell on I CAN'T SING! THE X-FACTOR musical and Barry Humphries on his Farewell UK Tour and London Palladium season, as well as with companies such as Opera North, The Barbican and Latitude.

Luke Shires

Managing Director, Joe Public Marketing

Shires began his career in the Marketing Department of the National before moving to Act Productions. He co-founded Joe Public Marketing with Michael McCabe. Having recently turned 30, he is Marketing Director for both CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and WICKED.

Rick Brim & Dan Fisher

Creative Directors, Adam&EveDDB

Last year Brim and Fisher proved themselves to be one of the hottest double acts in adland when their print campaign for The Sunday Times Rich List became the world's most awarded. It came as no surprise when Adam&EveDDB poached them from CHI&PARTNERS, appointing them creative directors on some of its leading accounts.

Rob Potts & Andy Jex

Copywriter & Art Director, Saatchi & Saatchi London

Potts and Jex are the creative brains behind Everything Everywhere's brilliant advertising campaign. Taking inspiration from the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, the advertisements humorously reference the Hollywood star's career and connections to draw attention to the key features of the mobile network: connectivity.

Robin Grant & Nathan McDonald

Co-Founders, We Are Social

We Are Social is the world’s largest specialist social media agency. Founded by Grant and McDonald in 2008 using borrowed desk space and a couple of laptops, it has since grown into a multi-national organisation with 400 employees across 8 global offices (London, New York, Paris, Milan, Munich, Singapore, Sydney and São Paulo). In its most recent financial year the agency grew global turnover by 96% to £23m, and £35m forecast for 2013/2014. This reflects the agency's position as market leader, early to recognise the way social media was transforming the marketing landscape. The current international client roster includes adidas, Heinz, Unilever, Heineken, eBay, Mondelēz, Jaguar, Intel, Moët & Chandon and Expedia, with work on global, regional and local projects.

Simon Labbett

Co-Founder / Creative Director, Hometown

Since setting up Hometown last year, Labbett and his team have worked for the likes of Diageo, Swatch, Qatar Airways, Claridges and ITV. Projects have ranged from innovation and packaging to global above-the-line advertising, unified by the collective goal of creating exciting end-to-end experiences for consumers.

Warren Johnson

Founder / Managing Director, W Communications

Founded just 4 years ago, Johnson's fast-growing West End agency, W, has become a powerhouse of media connectivity, with clients including Hearst Magazines, Viacom and The London Evening Standard, alongside consumer brands from Soho House Group and W Hotels to Hendrick's Gin and Jack Wills. Johnson's team has been at the vanguard of the London street-food phenomenon since its launch of MEATliquor, and delivers benchmark pro-bono work for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Plan B's new educational charity, Each One Teach One.

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