Matt Foster

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Ogilvy UK

Branded by the creative industry’s The Drum magazine as “adland’s activist” Matt is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at Ogilvy UK, the world’s most awarded advertising agency. He is also a DEI thought leader, frequent public speaker, LGBTQ+ campaigner and multicultural specialist. Matt’s career has spanned 18 years as a Healthcare communications expert, specialising in HIV advocacy. As a British Diversity Award-winning and founding member of WPP’s LGBTQ+ network UNITE, he has front-line experience in empowering employee networks that drive organisational change within the advertising industry.

Matt currently sits in the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) Talent Leadership Group, the European Association of Communications Agencies’ (EACA) DEI Task Force and the Brand category judging panel of the British LGBT Awards. He was appointed as a non-executive director of the advertising industry’s LGBTQ+ advocacy organisation, Outvertising, which aims to ensure brands and their creative and media partners are fully LGBTQ+ inclusive in their workplaces and in their communications.

As a proudly queer, multi-racial British Filipino, Matt is a patron of Pinxy Creatives UK: an organisation supporting British Filipinos in the media, arts and creative industries.

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