CEO, Reading Room
Reading Room CEO and Female Entrepreneur of the Year (Fast Growth Business Awards) Margaret Manning was last year recognised at the Stevies Women in Business Awards, picking up the Best Entrepreneur in EMEA award. Margaret Manning is CEO of Reading Room, a global Top Ten Digital Agency (Interactive Media Awards) and the UK’s Third Top Digital Agency (Design Week Top 100). Having established Reading Room in the humble beginnings of a North London flat in 1996 with a staff of just two, today her company employs over 150 staff, with offices in London, Manchester, Canberra, Sydney and is currently launching in Brisbane. Following being voted Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2008 Fast Growth Business Awards, Margaret had her entrepreneurial success recognised again at last year’s International Stevies Women in Business Awards in New York, picking up the Best Entrepreneur in EMEA award. Margaret is one of very few female CEOs in the largely male-dominated digital industry, and knows exactly what it takes to create and build a global, successful and, ultimately happy business. Margaret’s philosophy is to stimulate thinking on the communication benefits of the Internet, advocating the web as a “channel for business” through the creative use for technology, design and content. A well-respected figure in new media, Margaret sits on several boards and committees, including IPA’s Digital Media Committee and The Media Society, and is a 2008 Woman of Achievement Ambassador for the Lloyds TSB Inspirational Women Association. Reading Room’s services span the full lifecycle of digital communications, such as strategic planning, creative and technical consultancy, design and development, and digital marketing and measurement. Reading Room works with clients from numerous sectors, ranging widely in size – including the Australian Museum, Australian National University, WWF, UNHCR and Skoda.