Russ Lidstone

Russ is the CEO of WRG, the pre-eminent global events and experiential agency; The Moment, the award winning video content, digital and VR agency and Just Communicate, a global event production company. All three companies are backed by the private equity house LDC.

Previously Russ spent over twenty years in leadership and strategy roles at blue chip advertising agencies, including McCann, BDDH, HHCL, Lowe, JWT and Havas Worldwide.

He became CEO of Havas Worldwide in 2009 and spent six years growing the business, building its creative profile and evolving its integrated proposition. His agency was named Media Employer of the Year in 2013.

Russ is a Fellow of the RSA, Tech London Advocate, mentor for the Marketing Academy and has been voted one of the UK's 'most inspirational creative leaders'. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of West London and an EMBA entrepreneurial projects evaluator at Oxford University's Said Business School.

Russ is a Non-Executive Director of Basketball England, but sadly hung up his playing boots a few years ago.