CEO
The Current Collective

Damian has worked in brand experience and live communications for over 20 years now, and still feels an unbounded passion for producing strong strategic work coupled with fantastic creative to really engage with customers.

Making use of his considerable links to the Market Research business (running qualitative group discussions for many years) and his experience working with both Advertising/PR agencies and big brands directly, he founded Undercurrent in 2001.

Over the last 36 months Damian has focused on consolidation through acquisition and founding new agency propositions, and in early 2018 he founded The Current Collective which brings together agencies to create a single entity, full service, Brand Experience shop.

The new business is positioned to provide a market leading creative and strategic platform with experts from all the key elements of Brand Experience campaigns. Services within the group include, long term, strategic campaign creation and delivery, tactical and reactive stunts, full service content creation and brand ambassador support through specialist tech and retail experts.

Having worked with such diverse clients as Pandora Jewellery, Samsung, Live Nation and O2, Damian fully understands what brands need to do in order to present a tangible message to a live audience.

"As our industry matures and beds down as a main stay of the wider marketing mix, this year I’ll be looking for LOTS of innovation in the entries. I want to see fresh creative and razor sharp strategies that push boundaries and demonstrate where our industry is going. Don’t just think tech! Think about the next evolution in brand led, live communications."

Judging panel

Andy Dougan

Head of Experiential & Growth
Geometry Global

Jonathan Emmins

Founder
Amplify

Victoria Archbold

Director of Events and Sponsorship
Hearst Live, Hearst Magazines UK

Damian Clarke

CEO
The Current Collective

Kyra White

Head of Brand Activation
Benefit Cosmetics

Jasper Goossen

Managing Partner
Apenkooi Events

Michael Gietzen

Group Managing Director
Identity

Ben Turner

Managing Director
Wonder London

Rachel Bateman

Head of Live Engagement and Director
INITIALS Marketing

Duncan Welsh

Head of Events
Serpentine Galleries

Stacey Knight

Commercial Director
CSM Live

Sian Baker

Managing Director - Content and Production / The Producers
PrettyGreen

Jonathan Owen

CEO
ENERGY