Matt Foster

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Ogilvy UK


Branded by the creative industry's Drum magazine as “adland's activist”, I am a proudly queer, multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic British Filipino and an accomplished and inclusive senior DEI leader. I am currently the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Ogilvy UK, and a Non Executive Director of Outvertising, which aims to ensure brands and their creative and media partners are fully LGBTQIA+ inclusive in their workplaces and in their communications. I have nineteen years of experience working in the marketing, PR and advertising industries, in the UK market and globally, in-house and in creative agencies, with over a decade of that in healthcare communications with a focus on delivering HIV advocacy programmes that address health inequity and HIV stigma in vulnerable communities on behalf of ViiV Healthcare and Gilead Sciences. As a British Diversity Award-winning and founding member of WPP’s LGBTQIA+ network Unite, I have front-line experience of developing successful employee networks that work together intersectionally to provide support for diverse communities and delivering DEI programmes that drive business growth through organisational change and cultural transformation. I am dedicated to eradicating workplace discrimination, bullying and harassment through advocacy and giving a voice to those who have historically had theirs taken from them. Beyond the day job(s), I currently sit on the European Association of Communications Agencies’ (EACA) DEI Task Force, the Institute of Advertising Practitioners' (IPA) Talent Leadership Group (TLG), and the Brand Category judging panel for the British LGBT Awards. I am also a patron of Pinxy Creatives UK: an organisation set-up to support British Filipinos who work in the media, arts and creative industries. Please find out more here:
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