TEAM AND CONTACTS
SO came to life in 2015 backed by an experienced team that is known for building leading agencies, including Fast Track 100 high-growth award winners and #1 ranked specialist agencies. SO is poised to perform. The group was co-founded by Scott A. Clark and Oliver Parsons (Scott & Ollie…so that's where “SO” found its name!) who are both actively engaged at the agency and client levels. They are joined by rugby star and businessman Matt Dawson to launch SO Active and to support other business ventures, as well as a senior team of experts to launch SO Healthy. Find out more about the team below.
SCOTT A. CLARK, GROUP CEO, CO-FOUNDER SO WHAT GLOBAL
For the past 25 years, Scott has been an active and well-known player in the world of brand reputation and specialist communications. A seasoned entrepreneur, Scott has started and sold two leading specialist agency groups and, along the way, has launched numerous offices in Europe, USA and Asia. Originally from the USA, Scott has lived and worked in Europe for the past two decades. Scott has provided reputation advice to some of the biggest brands in consumer, health and FMCG and is equally comfortable dealing with CEOs and CMOs or small teams at start-ups. As one of SO’s founders (the S in SO), Scott gets his ‘business mojo’ from the creative process of developing new ideas for clients and inspiring others around him to meet their peak performance. One of his proudest achievements is that a number of people to whom Scott gave their first jobs have ended up starting their own successful agencies. A true family guy, Scott loves spending time with his wife and two children, particularly travelling and seeing the world. Scott is also a keen sports fan, and bridges the Atlantic with a love of rugby union and American football.
Scott is SO…energetic. Partially from a natural enthusiasm for all things business-related, but mostly due to the side effects of one too many Starbucks visits. Contact Scott
OLIVER PARSONS, GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR, CO-FOUNDER SO WHAT GLOBAL
Oliver (Ollie) has been working at the forefront of communications for the last 23 years. With a big agency and in-house upbringing and experience working in the UK and other markets, Ollie brings an entrepreneurial spark to his client campaigns, backed up by an excellence in delivery. Comfortable working with senior management of major corporations, key opinion formers and influencers, and those well known in the public eye, Ollie offers confident creativity to his work and a no nonsense approach to business. As the big O in SO and an agency founder, Ollie loves to work with his teams to delight his clients and deliver the ‘SO What factor’ for their brands and organisations. When not spending time with his wife and son, Ollie enjoys watching live sport with family and friends, or traveling to other countries and cultures. He has been known to enjoy a nice chilled cider and has been drinking it since long before it became cool to do so.
Ollie is SO…determined, and a big believer in the ‘Who wants it more’ approach to life. Contact Ollie
MATT DAWSON, MBE: FOUNDING PARTNER, SO ACTIVE
Previous to Matt’s corporate life, he was a professional rugby player. He enjoyed success with club and country culminating in 3 British and Irish Lions tours, as well as being a part of England's World Cup Winning team of 2003. Since retiring from the game in 2006, Matt has carved out a business and media career. A regular pundit and presenter on BBC Radio and BT Sport keeps his hand across all sports, whilst a position as a captain on the BBC One flagship entertainment show A Question of Sport creates a vast trusted bank of sporting friends, agents and associations Matt can access. Matt has always had one eye on the business world even when he played rugby and chose outsourcing as an area to develop. Communication, discipline, teamwork and success have enabled him to help raise the engagement levels at Food and Facilities giant Sodexo, and the wide contact base mixed with detailed performance continues to bring clients to The Instant Group, a commercial property company at which he holds a directorship.
Matt is SO…competitive. Needless to say there's a determination to succeed wherever he goes. The fact he came second in Strictly Come Dancing hurts every day!!
MOIRA GITSHAM, DIRECTOR, SO WHAT GLOBAL
Moira brings 30 years of health-related product and corporate communications expertise to the SO What table. With award-winning campaigns in both the UK and internationally coupled with co-founding and growing two leading healthcare public relations agencies, Moira has a proven track record of both client and business success. Her strong entrepreneurial, management and leadership credentials are backed up with qualifications in pharmacy, health economics and marketing putting Moira is a strong position to provide strategic counsel to the senior management of both blue-chip pharmaceutical companies and biotech start-ups. Having lived in France for over 20 years, Moira is particularly attuned to the needs of multi-national campaigns and adept at leading programmes involving several market services agencies. Naturally bubbly (just like her favourite drink…) and creative, Moira takes pride in energising and inspiring her teams and driving them to deliver the highest quality work. She believes strongly in the power of teamwork and has a formula of team success with both of the SO’s founders that now spans two decades. She not only likes acing in communication, but also on the tennis court and her serve puts a whole new meaning to ‘spin’. Her two sons make her laugh and keep her up to speed with what’s new in youth culture and her new-found passion for Pilates ensures her core strengths remain well-balanced.
Moira puts the Mo in Mojo – even after all these years – she is SO…enthusiastic and always takes delight in challenging new projects. A big believer in ‘you get out of life what you put in….’Contact Moira
STÉPHANIE BUNTEN, DIRECTOR, SO WHAT GLOBAL
With 17 years’ healthcare communications experience, a science degree and management & marketing masters, Stéphanie brings a high level of scientific understanding, insight and enthusiasm to corporate and brand communications. She designs strategic, integrated programmes for domestic and international ethical and consumer healthcare teams, harnessing data and analytics to deliver evidence-based campaigns with impact. She is versatile and adaptable; equally accomplished working with media, engaging with key thought leaders and advocacy groups as she is with managing internal client stakeholders. Stéphanie is a calm organizer and leads teams efficiently, notably running key high-profile multi-million global accounts for a number of years. As Managing Director of the Tonic London office, her collaborative approach drew the very best from teams to achieve her signature ‘Gold Standard’ results for clients. Stéphanie’s biggest passions in life are travelling the globe with her family, stretching out with yoga moves and she loves paddle-boarding and relaxing with fine food and a glass of chilled rosé in her native south of France.
LEE-ANN CAMERON, DIRECTOR, SO WHAT GLOBAL
With a passion for science, health and communications in equal measure Lee-Ann, a former genetic research scientist at GSK, has been working in health communications for 12 years. A flexible and intuitive communicator, Lee-Ann is driven by a desire to provide sound counsel and strategic advice to clients, working with her teams to deliver quality initiatives with high impact. Lee-Ann is in her element helping clients communicate the ‘science of life’ across the spectrum of ethical to consumer health. Having worked with many industry leading pharmaceutical and consumer health companies, Lee-Ann is no stranger to creating and leading exciting brand, corporate, and consumer campaigns. Having grown up in the highlands of Scotland, Lee-Ann loves the mountains so a snowboarding trip and spending time with her husband and son is her ideal escape. When a spare moment arises, Lee-Ann likes to check in on her family spa business in Scotland and book in for some all important relaxation time.
Lee-Ann is SO… optimistic, loves a new adventure and believes in grasping life’s opportunities with both hands. Contact Lee-Ann