Cilla heads up the Abbott Mead Vickers Group, the largest and most respected advertising and communications Group in the UK, serving clients including Sainsbury’s, BT, Camelot, Royal Mail, BBC, Guinness, PepsiCo and COI.
Cilla graduated in French at Birmingham in 1981 and joined Allen Brady and Marsh as a trainee. She moved to Ogilvy & Mather, where she spent nine years, before joining Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO in 1992.
She has worked for AMV for 18 years: in senior management positions for the last 10, rising to agency head and now country head, with overall responsibility for the five communications companies that make up the AMV Group – AMV.BBDO, Proximity, Redwood, Fishburn Hedges and Hub Plus. The advertising agency has held the number one position in the UK for 14 years.
She sits on the BBDO worldwide board, is an advisor to Macmillan Cancer Support and a trustee of Comic Relief. She is Chairman of the Marketing Group of Great Britain, a member and past President of the Women’s Advertising Club of London, a member of The Thirty Club, a Companion of The Chartered Management Institute and a fellow of the Marketing Society. She was awarded the CBE in 2009 for services to the advertising industry.
Cilla became a member of Council in August 2010 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.