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The Marketing Academy UK announces the 30 emerging leaders selected for their 2021 Scholarship Program

The Marketing Academy UK has revealed the cohort of marketing executives selected for their coveted Scholarship Program. This is the Academy’s 12th Scholarship in the UK and 21st globally with over 600 Alumni frequently describing the Scholarship Program as ‘transformational’ and ‘life changing’.

With a record number of applications the selection process saw over 700 emerging leaders from client-side brands, media owners and agencies nominated for just 30 Scholarship places. Although highly selective, the Program is free and is designed to utilise the collective knowledge of the industry to develop the Scholars skills and prepare them for their journey towards senior and board level business leaders. The UK Scholarship is funded by partners Salesforce, KFC, ITV, Accenture Interactive, PHD, Mars Wrigley and BT.

The comprehensive curriculum includes one-to-one mentoring with an enviable line up of board level executives including; Kathryn Jacob – CEO of Pearl & Dean, Debora Koyama – Global Growth Operations Officer at Unilever, Annette King – CEO of Publicis Groupe UK, Nina Bibby – CMO of Telefonica O2, Martin George – Customer Director of John Lewis & Partners, Sarah Warby – CMO of Nando’s and Nick Robinson – CEO of Kerry Group to name just a few.

In addition to the mentoring, Scholars are each assigned an Executive Coach brought together by Wisdom8, attend residential ‘Boot Camps’ packed with inspirational speakers, masterclasses hosted by renowned subject matter experts and leadership modules delivered by The Living Leader.

Discussing the 3 stage, 4 month selection process The Marketing Academy Founder & Global CEO, Sherilyn Shackell, said: “Every year we find ourselves in awe of the quality of talent in the UK but the record number and calibre of applications this year made the final decisions extremely challenging for our selection panel. As tough as it was, we’re thrilled with the outcome and cannot wait to start working with this fabulous cohort at their first Boot Camp in June.”

Each Scholar will also be able to invite 10 of their peers and team members to enrol in The Marketing Academy Virtual Campus, a powerful development program designed for the Academy’s community of Alumni, Partners, Mentors, Coaches and their teams. This recently launched program has over 4600 people enrolled around the world.

Here are the 30 marketers in the UK Scholarship Class of 2021:

Alexa Dalton, Global Brand Director, KIND
Alison Owen, Seasons, Gifting & Galaxy UK Portfolio Director, Mars Wrigley
Amy Smith, Regional Marketing Director, Europe, Les Mills
Bart Quinton Smith, Director of Digital Marketing & CRM, TUI UK & Ireland
Cherie Cunningham, Head of Marketing, UKTV
Chloe Painter, Prime Brand & Mass Advertising Lead – EU, Amazon
Chris Anstey, Content Marketing Manager, ITV
Christina Lindquist, Global Head of Marketing, Brompton Bicycle
Demi Abiola, Business Director, PHD Media
Eilidh McGregor, Business Lead, Karmarama
Emma-Jane Lacey, Head of Digital Marketing, Camelot UK
Freddie Fitz-Gibbon, Senior Marketing Manager UK & EMEA, ClassPass
Gemma Buggins, Global Head of Brand, Elvie
Joanna Tivers, Head of Food, KFC UK & Ireland
Katie Langdon, Founder & Creative Director, Skin and Blister Healthcare Communications
Lawrence Tapper, Director of Commercial & Marketing Partnerships, Warner Media
Lewis Ferrand, Senior Marketing Manager, BT
Lillie Price, Business Director, Mr President
Max Hoppy, Founder, Bind
Naomi Walkland, Vice President, EMEA Marketing, Bumble
Rabia Khan, Marketing Chapter Lead, Direct Line Group
Rowena Morris, Sales and Marketing Director, PwC
Ruchi Malhotra, Experience Platforms, Senior Manager, Accenture Interactive
Ryan Davies, Head of Client Strategy & Planning, Medivet Group Limited
Sahana Sekaran, Director of Marketing, Contentsquare
Sanda Condratiuc, Marketing & Brand Manager, Deukes LTD
Sara Stark, Marketing & Creative Director, Dishoom
Tim Whirledge, Head of Strategy, McCann Manchester
Vera Hartmuth, Marketing Director, Salesforce
Will Grundy, Head of Planning, adam&eveDDB

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


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