Those of you who are regular readers of high50 will know that we have been announcing our 50 over 50. high50’s incredibly subjective list of our favourite people over the age of fifty.

Bill Bernbach. 100 last week.

In conjunction with YouGov, we’ll be taking votes on the list. high50 will be announcing the ‘winners’ next week.

Currently it looks like Linton Kwesi Johnson and Nigella Lawson are going to come in ahead of Barak Obama. And Tom Ford is a strong contender too. He turns fifty at the end of this month. We are sooooo excited.

But a thought has occurred. Wouldn’t it be fun to do a 50 over 50 for UK advertising? ‘50 OVER 50 MADMEN.’ According to a recent IPA survey, only 5.6 per cent of people working in advertising are over fifty. So it might be hard to find that many! But we’re going to give it a go. So here’s how its going to work…

Over the next month we’ll be taking nominations for the list. Your nominations. Please leave them here in the comments section. Along with a short paragraph on why you have nominated the person in question.

Anyone over fifty is eligible. So long they’re still in fully engaged in the business. So, for instance, Mark Jarvis at 7 Stars who turned fifty on 4 August and has been desperately trying to keep it a secret, is definitely eligible. We might bung a few clients in too. So don’t hold back.

In a months time we’ll go through the list, and compile a top fifty. There may be prizes. For both the nominated and the nominators. There may be a party. We haven’t figured that out yet.

But there is no time to lose. (These people are over fifty. They may not be around for ever.) So send us your nominations now. Your favourite, most admired, most creative, most persuasive, most mischievous, most unsung, most fancied, most rich, most legendary people working in the ad business over the age of fifty.

They could be in the boardroom. They could be in the postroom. But are they going to be in high50’s ‘50 OVER 50 MADMEN’ ?

Meanwhile, for those of you who enjoy the advice of our toptipsforgirls community, here’s a vaguely relevant one. I am having sex with a person I work with who is twice my age, old enough to be my dad. I am in love with him but he is married, and will not leave his wife for me. What shall I do?

  • Carol Stickler

    Mark Wnek, Brett Gosper, Chris Pinnington – for the mid 90s madmen era at Euro RSCG

    • robert campbell

      Thanks Carol. Good call. Wnek, Gosper, Pinnington. All Madmen for sure. And all over fifty, definitely! God. Do you remember that infamous ‘day in the life’ that Mark did in the Sunday Times. Poor boy. He had to leave the country!

  • Sarah Chadwick

    Brian Child, former CEO @ McCanns. An absolute legend and thoroughly nice man.

  • Theo Bayani

    Cornelius Trunchpole. He pretty much invented advertising. Everyone knows that.

  • Graham Stewart

    Tim Lindsay – Great leader and cares so much about the work

  • Graham Stewart

    Jim Marshall, Jim helped change the face of Media in the 90’s

  • Graham Stewart

    Mark Cranmer – One of the greatest leaders our industry has known

  • Christmas Clarke

    toptipsforgirls. This is nasty, seedy and phoney. That question is what a man thinks a girl would ask not what she would ask. It is cynical and crass in the extreme and I suggest you stop doing it. You look stupid.

    • robert campbell

      Christmas. Welcome to my blog. Thank you for your kind comments. What, may I ask, makes you so sure the link to toptips isn’t genuine?

  • robert campbell

    So at the end of day one of 50 over 50 Madmen, we have the following most excellent nominations.


    Wnek. Gosper and Pinnington. All of the madmen.
    All of them over 50. Brian Child. Tim Lindsay, Jim Marshall, and the most
    elegant Mark Cramner. Not forgetting the legendary Cornelius Trunchpole.

    But wait a minute. Where are the Madwomen?


    So at the risk of appearing ungallant, I
    shall nominate my top three Over 50 Madwomen.


    Mandy Pooler. Currently head of
    development at Kantar, Mandy is the archetypal ‘media woman.’ She’s was the
    first ever CEO of Mindshare, and has been Adwoman of the year. Deservedly so.

    Stevie Spring. Currently CEO of
    Future Publishing, Stevie has also been MD of Young and Rubicam and CEO of
    Clear Channel. Cut her and she bleeds advertising, though she’s currently doing
    a pretty awesome job in publishing.

    And last but not least, MT
    Rainey. Founder of CEO of the social mentoring network  Horses Mouth, MT is also chairwoman of
    Think. MT is also most brilliant person I have ever worked with.  



    • Daniel Hennessy

      Frank Lowe
      Axel Chaldecott
      John Hegerty
      Tim Delaney
      Dave Trott
      Tim Bell
      Walter Campbell

  • Christmas Clarke

    Because it is a cliche. A strangely old fashioned nasty little male fantasy. The phrasing of it is from a male perspective. ‘I am having sex with…’ ‘…to be my dad.’ ‘I am in love with.’ ‘What shall I do?’ Dear, dear sweetie well come and sit on daddies knee. Horrible, stop it.

    • robert campbell

      Christmas. You are talking out of your butt…..

  • Phil Cockrell

    Have to agree with the MT Rainey recommend- but Jim Kelly must get a mention too. A man who always got things done and was never short of a quote, including “When the toothpaste’s out of the tube, there’s no getting it back in again…”

  • Julian Ingram

    Has to be Cilla Snowball one of the best bosses I ever had

  • Derek Seaward

    Kevin Kneale, 

  • Phil Cockrell

    Dave Buchanan and Mike Hannett (Tommy omelette). Great tem, great guys. And still working together after 30 years or so…

  • john woods

    Mary Wells Lawrence

  • http://twitter.com/clungedotcom Mr. Clunge

    Tony Dell.  Jarvo looks younger at 50 than when he did at 29

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