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Nigel Marsh

Nigel Marsh


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Advertising Chairman & Author

Nigel is an influential figure in Australian advertising via his consumer insights and unique way of looking at life. He has penned 2 best sellers "Fat, Forty and Fired" and " Observations of a Very Short Man". He is a specialist in brands having worked with some of the worlds biggest including McDonalds, Pepsi, Virgin, British Airways Mars and Procter and Gamble. He is a very entertaining speaker and great story teller.

“Fat, Forty and Fired"

Best-selling author, renowned CEO and performance coach, Nigel Marsh is an impactful and distinctive speaker.
In his career, Nigel has worked with an enormous variety of businesses including a number of the world’s top companies (Virgin, McDonald’s, Pepsi, British Airways, Philip Morris, Proctor & Gamble and Mars amongst others). This experience has given him strong views on what does and doesn’t lead to peak performance in the business world. 

Since moving to Australia in 2001 Nigel has lead two of the most dramatic company turnarounds the communications industry has seen. 

In addition to being one of the founders of the globally renowned environmental initiative Earth Hour, Nigel is currently the Group CEO of Y&R Brands ANZ – one of Australia’s largest communications groups. Y&R Brands includes such iconic companies as George Patterson, The Campaign Palace and Wunderman. With offices throughout the region the company currently employs over 1,000 people. Prior to Y&R Nigel was the CEO of Leo Burnett Australia. During his time at Leo Burnett the agency was awarded the industry’s coveted Agency of the Year Award, not once but twice. 

Described by the Examined Life Institute as “one of Australia’s most outstanding writers and commentators", Nigel speaks from direct personal experience, giving his views on how to get the best out of business, life and those around you.

Presentation Topics Include

  • Managing through change 
  • Getting the best out of your business and yourself
  • Effective leadership
  • Effective marketing
  • Transforming the power and effectiveness of your communications campaigns
  • Work/life balance
  • The 'Fat, Forty and Fired'


Nigel gave a truly wonderful presentation - heartfelt, thought provoking and challenging. His theme and tone really hit the mark and enabled us to conclude the conference in a great fashion. B
Aberdeen Standard

Nigel is a fantastic and inspirational speaker. He closed our conference yesterday and went down a storm with clients and staff alike. Highly recommended. 
Aberdeen Standard

We have engaged Nigel as a keynote presenter and event facilitator at a number of Sunsuper’s corporate events attended by CEOs, CFOs and other executives from our key employer client and prospect companies. In both roles at all our events, he has consistently excelled. Nigel’s expertise, energy and natural ability to tailor his message and performance to each event and audience are outstanding. He is a true master at what he does.

I have heard so much positive feedback from our members. You did a phenomenal job for us – thank you. You clearly moved many, many people. I’ve received numerous comments such as ‘that was the best keynote speaker we have ever had’ and ‘ I am utterly inspired and committed to taking action’. Your personal journey meshed so well with the delivery of your points – and you made it so relevant to our audience members real lives. Again, thank you.
University of Florida

I have heard nothing but great comments on your keynote address. You touched many folks. You truly hit it out of the park.
AVMA, Vancouver

I’ve been with this organization for 28 years and we’ve been having keynote speakers since the mid-90s. Your presentation tops my list! Thank you for sharing a message so many of our members – and me too - needed to hear.

Your presentation was extremely insightful and inspiring. It really was a pleasure to work with you. Thank you for taking the time beforehand to discuss the program with the client and make sure we got the appropriate topic for our audience.
American Express

Irreverent, Engaging, Honest – Fabulous! One of the best speaker sessions we have ever had. 

The perfect end to our conference, the audience was buzzing – great message with an engaging and inspiring delivery. Thoroughly thought provoking, relevant and humorous. 

Nigel was simply fantastic – and a wonderful change to the usual presentations.

Empowering and inspiring – the audience loved it. Great fun under pinned by a serious and relevant message. 

The response to Nigel was terrific. We’ve had advisors and staff say they could have listened to him all day. If you would like a presenter that makes your audience laugh, think and reflect Nigel is the right choice.
Asteron Life

Nigel’s presentation was nothing short of fantastic – a real treat for our attendees. Everyone got something out of the session. This was clearly reflected in the feedback – he was unanimously rated our top presenter for the conference.

Excellent - It was refreshing to hear someone speak so openly and honestly about his experiences. He was engaging and interesting to listen to. 
Colonial First State 

“Excellent. Nigel was as expected - extremely effective. We had Nigel speak to the McDonald's franchisees and for NIBA even though we gave him the grave yard shift - last day /after late night/first up keynote session he handled the audience exceptionally well." 
Waldron Smith Management

“Nigel was absolutely wonderful and his presentation was a success (as I'm sure it always is!). Great presenter, very entertaining. Nigel's presentation was very witty and I'm sure gave the conference delegates a lot to think about with regards to their lifestyle choices." 
Conference Action Pty Ltd

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