• Russell Place

    Russell Place

    Managing Director

    • Russell Place

      Managing Director

    • In an exciting, but challenging, communications landscape, Russell leads the UM London office and ensures the agency is continually evolving. With more than 25 years of media experience, he has a holistic perspective of marketing communications and how they contribute to meeting a client’s business objectives.

      In his time at UM, Russell has managed a number of longstanding client relationships and overseen the creation of highly effective award-winning work. He has also been pivotal in a number of successful new business pitches, including: Burton’s Biscuit Co, Nickelodeon, Dairy Crest, General Mills, Rockstar Games and Gallo Family Vineyards.

      Previously, as Chief Strategy Officer, Russell was a driving force in building the new agency structure and operating model at UM London, creating diversified services to meet future needs. Prior to working at UM Russell worked at WCRS and Saatchi & Saatchi.

      Russell is a regular contributor at key conferences and awards, having been a judge at Dubai Lynx, Campaign Media Awards, Warc and Media Week Awards to name a few.

      russell.place@umww.com

  • Rob Bellass

    Rob Bellass

    Managing Partner, New Business and Marketing

    • Rob Bellass

      Managing Partner, New Business and Marketing

    • As Managing Partner of New Business and Marketing, Rob is responsible for developing UM London’s relationships with new and prospective clients, and promoting the agency’s proposition in market.

      Rob moved into the role in 2015, when he welcomed 11 new clients to the agency, including Johnson & Johnson.

      During this time, UM London also won 38 award wins – a record for the agency – including notable successes at the Festival of Media Global and Cannes.

      Rob began his career in media in 1999, and joined UM in the planning team in 2006. Since then he has held several senior roles, including Managing Partner, Client Services, after successfully building long-term collaborative relationships with key agency clients.

      Outside of work, Rob enjoys spending time with his family.

      rob.bellass@umww.com

  • Adam Morton

    Adam Morton

    Managing Partner, Client Service

    • Adam Morton

      Managing Partner, Client Service

    • As Managing Partner, Client Service, Adam Morton oversees all client teams within UM London, working to build strong relationships with each and every one. He is also the Northern Europe Lead for the J3 team on the Johnson & Johnson account.

      Key to his role, Adam is instrumental in creating results-driven campaigns for UM portfolio of clients, and has led more than 30 award-winning projects so far.

      Adam started his career at UM in 2001, original joining as part of the regional press department. He has since risen through the ranks, working across major accounts such as Microsoft, Brown Forman, Rockstar Games and Dairy Crest.

      Outside of work, Adam has a longstanding relationship with niche sports, particularly boules and petanque. He is also a keen cyclist and likes nothing more than heading to the Alps or Pyrenees to test himself on the famous cols.

      adam.morton@umww.com

  • Andy Corcoran

    Andy Corcoran

    Managing Partner, Creative Services

    • Andy Corcoran

      Managing Partner, Creative Services

    • Andy Corcoran leads UM Studios, UM’s creative strategy and content production team. Alongside his team of creative directors, content directors, producers, video editors, graphic designers, and project managers, Andy works with our clients to develop and deliver bespoke advertising concepts that grow their businesses.

      Stand-out projects include H&M’s ‘Box of Wang’, which picked up numerous awards, including gold at the Festival of Media Global, and ‘The Five-Minute Holiday’, an immersive virtual reality experience for South Africa Tourism.

      Prior to joining UM London in 2010, Andy was Head of Youth at MTV, and has close to 20 years of experience in creative media.

      When he’s not in the office, Andy is obsessed with tech and is a passionate Liverpool FC supporter.

      andy.corcoran@umww.com

  • Richard Oliver

    Richard Oliver

    Managing Director, MagnaGlobal UK

    • Richard Oliver

      Managing Director, MagnaGlobal UK

    • Dickie Oliver is the custodian of our clients’ media investments, ensuring maximum value through a combination of market leading negotiations and top class media implementation. Whether seeking new and innovative deals with media owners, creating partnerships or working with other IPG companies, Dickie always keeps our clients’ interests front-of-mind.

      For Dickie, success is an easy metric to define. It’s finding the right deal for a client and delivering on it. He is most proud of never having missed a buying commitment.

      There is a rumour that Dickie briefly worked at ITV during the early ‘90s, but he has been at UM for so long he really can’t remember if it’s true.

      When he’s not being quoted in the trade press, Dickie coaches mini’s rugby but prefers football. He is most proud of a recent 10k open water swim he completed just to get one over on his sporty kids.

      richard.oliver@umww.com

  • Sophia Durrani

    Sophia Durrani

    Managing Partner, Strategy

    • Sophia Durrani

      Managing Partner, Strategy

    • As Managing Partner, Strategy, Sophia is responsible for ensuring strategic rigour and cohesion are embedded in our clients’ communications plans in order to deliver accountable business results.

      Sophia has developed insight-driven and award-winning strategies across a breadth of clients, including those with complex portfolios such as Burton’s Biscuits, General Mills, and BACARDI, as well as international megabrands such as H&M and Xbox. 

      Prior to joining UM, Sophia spent her formative years in St Andrews studying for a PhD in the psychology of communication (but really it was just a glorified excuse to try and hang out with Prince William).

      When Sophia is not busy strategising she is mother to twin girls. She also has a passion for photography.

      sophia.durrani@umww.com

  • Keith Welling

    Keith Welling

    Managing Partner, Investment

    • Keith Welling

      Managing Partner, Investment

    • As Managing Partner, Investment, Keith works to develop market-leading cross-media partnerships, negotiate ultra-competitive prices and shape UM’s programmatic strategy. He is passionate about emerging ad platforms, and specialises in finding innovative ad solutions for UM’s clients across all audio-visual platforms.

      Prior to becoming Managing Partner in 2015, Keith spent four years as Head of Broadcast Activation at UM London. In this role, he was responsible for £50m of media billings across a portfolio of accounts, including Xbox, Microsoft UK and Bwin.

      During his time working on Xbox, Keith also helped launch the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Kinect and Xbox One in the UK. He has been with UM London since 1998.

      keith.welling@umww.com

  • Matt Morgan

    Managing Partner, Digital

    • Matt Morgan

      Managing Partner, Digital

    • As Managing Partner for Digital, Matt Morgan takes the lead in driving digital transformation, ensuring that everyone is fully immersed in the digital landscape and that UM fosters a culture of innovation. He is also the digital focal lead for key clients, leading strategic digital projects and working with the planning teams to determine the digital vision for each client. Matt sits on the IAB’s Mobile Council and is a well-known figure in the digital industry.

      Matt has 15 years experience in the media industry, 12 of which were spent in digital agencies. He began his career at Carat in 2004, working on FMCG, Finance and Automotive clients, and joined UM in 2005, working across Microsoft, MasterCard and Bacardi. He has since held various digital and strategic roles and returned to UM in 2017 as Managing Partner after three years as EMEA Strategy Director for IPG Mediabrands.

      matt.morgan@umww.com