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Not even a week into a brand new year and the Brexit rough and tumble is well underway, with a new ambassador to the EU, and the countdown to triggering Article 50 tick tock ticking away. So what on earth is UK advertising going to do about it?

You’ll find the answers at advertising’s annual summit LEAD 2017 – where Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley joins us for a keynote address, as her department gathers evidence to make the case for the creative industries in the Brexit negotiations.

But we’re not done there as Question Time comes to Kings Place, with Newsnight’s Evan Davis hosting the Big Brexit Debate for adland.  Expect fireworks from Daily Mail and Call Me Dave author Isabel Oakeshott, insights from Britain Thinks’ Deborah Mattinson and a Euro-view from Marco Tinelli.

There’s more, much more, on the programme including top Diageo marketer, Syl Saller, planning superstars Paul and Oli Feldwick, political commentator and stand-up Steve Richards, our very own AA President Andy Duncan, MediaCom boss Karen Blackett…the list is, well not quite endless, but you get the picture.

There’s less than three weeks to go. Tickets are selling fast after the break. Book ‘em here.

Love letters

Well and truly shrugging off the bad juju of 2016 this week is Credos head Karen Fraser, who popped up on the Queen’s Honours list for services to diversity and equality in advertising. Karen has earned a shiny set of MBE initials (and we’re guessing a decent sized stationery bill), suggesting someone on the Honours committee is an avid reader of Credos’s work on representation in advertising.

Keeping Karen company is all-round AA superstar, Chair of our Body Confidence Group and Pearl & Dean CEO Kathryn Jacob.  Co-author of “The Glass Wall – successful strategies for women at work”, Kathryn more than walked the walk as she received an OBE.  Many congratulations, both.

Elsewhere, the Advertising’s Big Questions series has inspired this little video filmed at our annual reception on the House of Commons Terrace. Look out for Mars’ Michele Oliver, Nationwide’s Sara Bennison and ITV’s Simon Daglish, who were amongst the industry luminaries who went head-to-head with MPs like Culture Committee Chair Damian Collins, all gamely answering some of those Big Questions.  Check out the video over on The Drum – and then brush up on those Big Questions yourself before we stick you in front of the camera next time round.

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