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News from Down Under: The Marketing Academy Australia Scholarship Class of 2018

During an exclusive party hosted by Commonwealth Bank, The Marketing Academy Australia announced the cohort of marketing executives selected for the fourth year of their coveted Scholarship Programme.

Following a rigorous 3 stage selection process that included more than 300 nominations, over 100 ‘pitches’ and 60 face to face interviews,  The Marketing Academy Australia has unveiled the 30 emerging leaders from client side brands, media owners and agencies selected to attend its 2018 Scholarship Programme.

This free but highly selective leadership programme for talented brand, media and agency leaders is designed to develop the Scholars leadership skills and prepare them for their journey towards board level business leaders.

Speaking of the selection process Academy Founder Sherilyn Shackell said ‘The quality of talent in Australia is remarkable. As we enter our fourth year the standard of applications continue to raise the bar. Whilst this is great to see, it also means that our job of selecting the just 30 becomes even harder! I’d like to say a huge thank you the industry CEO’s and CMO’s who nominated such an amazing array of talent this year.’

The prestigious Scholarship Programme, sponsored again in 2018 by Google, Commonwealth Bank, News Corp Australia, Microsoft and PwC, includes one-to-one mentoring sessions with Australia’s most experienced industry leaders.  Each year the line-up of Mentors who donate their time to invest in the Scholars reads like a who’s who of the industry and includes Mark Lollback, Monique Macleod,  Damian Eales, Therese Kallie, John Steedman, Stephanie Tully, Andy Lark and Brent Smart.

In addition the mentoring Scholars are each assigned an Executive Coach, attend 3 residential ‘Boot Camps’ packed with inspirational speakers and experience 4 Lectures hosted by recognized subject matter experts. Alumni of the programme describe the experience as ‘a once in a lifetime opportunity’, ‘transformational’ and ‘life changing’.

Here’s the line up of The Marketing Academy Australia Scholarship Class of 2018:

Adam Slattery, Head of Media, Brand & Communications, Woolworths BWS
Alex Conomos, Marketing Manager, SBS
Alison Tilling, Co-head of planning, BMF
Andrew Kolb, Head of Strategy, Y&R Brisbane
Anna College, Head of Creative Management, Ikon Communications
Anshika Grover, Associate Director, Optus
Brooke Tierney, Head of Marketing, Monde Nissin
Chiquita King, Managing Partner, DDB Sydney
Ciaran Norris, Director, Marketing & Business Insights, American Express
Danni Wright, Group Strategy Director, Carat
Declan O’Dwyer, Group Director, UM
Dorothee Gomez, Business Director, OMD Australia
Evonne Williams, Marketing Communications Manager, Simplot
Hannah Sturrock, Group Head, The Hallway
James Boardman, National Head of Strategy, MEC
Jules  Lund, Founder, Tribe Group
Kammeron George, GM Consumer Sales & Marketing,     News Corp
Katrina White, SMB Customer Program Manager, Microsoft
Kelly Tagalan, General Manager, Code Club Australia
Laura Johnson, Marketing Director, Xref
Lucio Ribeiro, Managing Director, Online Digital Circle
Martin Curtis, Head of Performance Agencies, Google
Mitchell Parkins, Head of Sponsorships, Sportsbet
Mollie Hill, Director of Strategy, 72 & Sunny
Myriam Conrie, Head of Communications & Marketing, Museum of Contemporary Art
Nicky Bryson, Brand Strategy Lead, PwC
Richard Woods, Group Account Director, Naked
Sarah Jane Knox, Marketing Capability Leader,     Lion Beer
Sarah Murdoch, Global Marketing Director, Jurlique
Tamara Carson, Executive Manager Small Business Marketing, CBA

Full details on the Scholars, Alumni, Mentors, Coaches and Selection Panel can be found at

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The Scholarship – a 9 month, free, part time program for 30 of the UK’s fastest rising stars in Marketing, Advertising, Media and Communications.

The Fellowship – Equips CMOs and Marketing Directors with the tools, knowledge and insight to make the move onto Boards and into General Management / MD / CEO roles.

12 month full paid Marketing Apprenticeship for young adults who because of challenging backgrounds, lack qualifications or poor life choices are normally overlooked for this kind of work experience