Kelly Parker

CEO , Wavemaker

Kelly is an experienced leader and media practitioner who cares deeply about her clients. She started her career in creative sales with a role as business development executive at Express Newspapers, but fast realised that planning was her passion and in 2002 began her agency group career moving to MPG (later Havas UK) in client and planning roles, leaving there 12 years later having spent 12 months as Head of Planning. 

Her next position at OMD saw her take on senior client and agency leadership roles both across the UK and EMEA business working on leading global brands such as PepsiCo, Google, Levi's and Bacardi. Kelly joined Wavemaker in February 2021 as COO, rising to CEO in May 2022. 

At Wavemaker, she is focused on being a people-first, accessible and collaborative leader, working closely with clients and partners to deliver unrivalled work that moves people and has a positive impact in the world.