Topaz One

Over 24 years a client starting on fast moving consumer group soft drinks brands like Pepsi and Tango Ian has managed production lines, factory output and logistics operations.

Most notably making his name as the Honda car client who helped reset the brands perception through innovative and daring campaigns including the first ever live ad broadcast since the 1950s on British TV with C4.  Behind many of Honda’s famous Power of Dreams campaigns that drove significant business performance improvement including, ‘Impossible Dream’, ‘Grrr – hate something, change something’ and Civic ‘Choir’. He moved to Head of European Marketing for Cars, Motorcycles and Power Equipment to run their European Marketing operation.

In 2012 Ian joined Jaguar Land Rover as Jaguar’s Global Marketing Communications Director and was the briefing client behind the “British Villains” strategy unleashing the power of the brand through the lens of charm, wit and a unique positioning.  Most recently he was also the briefing client on JLRs global paid content including Range Rover Sports’ Dragon Challenge in China, Eva Green’s involvement in the launch of the electric Jaguar I-Pace and the launches of Range Rover Velar, Jaguar F-PACE and E-PACE.

Ian left JLR in Sept 2018 and started his own business called Topaz One Ltd. delivering consultancy services in Marketing.  He is also Chairman of an Experiential agency, Kinetics Group, Advisory Board member of a Content engagement platform, StoryStream,  Executive Producer of a global production business, Minted Content and a Non Exec Director of a neuroscience based customer experience business, CXLab whilst also developing a number of collaborations with interesting creative and technology businesses.

A Fellow of The Marketing Society since 2009, an Executive Council member of the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA) between 2011-2019, member of The Marketing Group of Great Britain, Ian understands the nature of bringing the commercial requirements of a client to the Creative process in order to deliver strong results all round.

Judging panel

Jean Paul Burge

chairman and chief executive officer

Kenny Powar

co-founder & chief executive officer
Rebel Owl

rowena bhagchandani

chief executive officer & co-founder

Pip Hulbert

chief executive officer
Wunderman Thompson

Nicky Bullard Chair of the judges

chairwoman & chief creative officer

Tobias Wilson

vice president of growth
Media Monks

derek walker

Brown and Browner

Pat Law


Jackie Stevenson

Founding partner & CEO
The Brooklyn Brothers

Nancy Hill

Media Sherpas

Deadra Rahaman

founder & lead consultant
Society Redefined Consulting

Oriel Davis-Lyons

creative director

patou nuytemans

chief executive, MENA

Olivia Clarkson

managing director

Christopher Kenna

chief executive officer & founder
Brand Advance

Kate Rowlinson

chief executive officer
MediaCom UK

Gellan Watt

creative director, global brand & growth strategy
Gellan Watt & Associates

Shanice Mears

co-founder & head of talent
The Elephant Room

Aaron Kwittken

founder & chief executive officer
KWT Global

Ian Armstrong

Topaz One

Frances Webster

chief executive officer

Esther *ET* Franklin

president, global strategy
Spark Foundry

Dino Myers-Lamptey

The Barber Shop

Jill Byrne

head of marketing
Rothco, part of Accenture Interactive

Asad Dhunna

The Unmistakables

Katie Lee

chief executive officer
Lucky Generals

rumble romagnoli

founder & chief executive officer

Dion McKenzie


margaret Johnson

group chief executive officer
Leagas Delaney

Rabeth Khan

chief executive officer