Marcus Iles

Founder, Mentor, Consultant, Creative, London, UK

An experienced creative with a passion for people persuasion and strategy activation.

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I left Uni with my tail between my legs and an A-level and a half to my name. I was lucky enough to get a job in the City of London in shipping insurance. After falling into a marketing role I decided I'd rather launch a creative agency than just commission them.
So I worked with the incredibly talented Simon Kreitem to set up Deep C (now LonelyLeap), learnt a lot, laughed a lot and cried a little.
I freelanced for a load of agencies before finding my first home at Proximity BBDO where I became a Creative Director.
I became pretty adept at explaining the 'why' and 'how' of an idea before creating the 'what' and, as I bounced up the ladder and between agencies and clients, I fell in love with communications strategies.
I transferred this passion to management consulting and have since founded my own consultancy, Manifestive - a business strategy catalyst.
I'm a mentor, coach, facilitator, strategist and writer. But mostly just curious and mildly irreverent about the way things have always been done.


Founder at Manifestive
Jan 23 – Present London, UK
Chief Storytelling Officer/Chief Creative Officer at The Storytellers
Jan 22 London, UK
Global ECD, Indicia Worldwide at Indicia Worldwide
April 19 – Jan 22 London, UK
Group Creative Director at Publicis UK
October 14 – April 19 London, UK
Executive Creative Director at Chemistry London
2014 – 2016 London, UK
Creative Director at TBWA London
2010 – 2014 London, UK
Executive Creative Director at Golley Slater
2008 – 2010 London, UK
Group Creative Director at Proximity BBDO
2003 – 2008 London, UK
Founder, Creative Partner at Deep C
2000 – 2003 London, UK
Assistant Marketing Director at ITIC International
1996 – 2000 London, UK


Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborogh University


Brand Voice, Cannes Lions
Corporate Responsibility, Cannes Lions
Cyber Lion, Cannes Lions
Effectiveness, YouTube
#1 Ad, YouTube Ads Leaderboard
Epica, Epica Awards
London International, LIA
Best Use of Social Media, Creative Circle
Eurobest, Eurobest
Titanium, Cannes Lions
Various B2C and B2B Awards, DMA