Lindsay Pattison joined Maxus in October 2009 in the newly created position of CEO to drive the Maxus brand to a new level and in 2012 she was named global chief strategy officer at the GroupM media network, which Maxus forms part of. Under Lindsay’s leadership, Maxus UK has grown from 30 staff in October 2009, to now 250 people in July 2014. Lindsay is the newly appointed President of WACL (Women in Advertising & Communications London) and is vice Chair of the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Media.
“…I will be working closely with my VP, Lindsey Clay (CEO of Thinkbox) to ensure we support all our members; whether that be simple networking, media training, becoming a successful NED, and by providing a circle of trust and shared experiences…”
Lindsay Pattison, incoming WACL President: A supportive and spirited group of individuals
I am honoured and excited to be this year’s president of WACL. The club is a supportive and spirited group of individuals who meet to enable women in our industry to achieve their potential and to encourage greater numbers of women to get to, and stay in, senior positions.
We are also committed to developing female talent in our industry, investing our time and energy to encourage and inspire women and run training workshops and mentoring sessions throughout the year which culminate in ‘Gather’ – a brilliant day of inspiration and learning.
And finally we raise money each year for NABS (National Advertising Benevolent Society) and for the President’s chosen charity; in my year this will be the Alzheimer’s Society. The basic, awful fact is that 1 in 3 of us will suffer from dementia and the level of ignorance is huge and there is no cure; the only ‘cure’ is kindness, so understanding and being empathetic is really important.
Helping WACL members cope with caring responsibilities
Many WACL members have to cope with this; women continue to be the primary caregiver when a family member suffers from Dementia; couple this with being a busy and successful career woman, often also a mum and it can be very tough, lonely and exhausting.
WACL will look to help this important charity in a number of ways; fundraising of course, but as importantly by raising awareness and engagement with the issues this disease creates and specifically championing the Dementia Friends initiative, both as individuals and within our own organisations.
Fun, warmth and sheer commitment
In my year I will be working closely with my VP, Lindsey Clay (CEO of Thinkbox) to ensure we support all our members; whether that be simple networking, media training, becoming a successful NED (Non-Executive Director), and by providing a circle of trust and shared experiences. I feel very lucky be a member of WACL; the fun, warmth and sheer commitment that everyone puts into the club is humbling.