Paul Bainsfair


Paul’s advertising career began at Saatchi & Saatchi in 1977.  Ten years later he was made CEO.

In 1991, he co-founded Bainsfair Sharkey Trott (BST).

In 1998, BST was acquired by Omnicom and merged with TBWA where Paul became Chairman of TBWA UK and President, TBWA Europe.

In 2009, he became Chairman of Iris Worldwide, the UK’s largest independent integrated network. Paul has also been the Non-Exec Chairman of Lean Mean Fighting Machine.

In 2011, Paul was appointed Director General of the IPA.

Paul sits on the boards of RAJAR/ASBOF/BASBOF/ BARB / PAMCO and Advertising Week (Europe).

He describes himself as an adman and a farmer. He is married to Sophie and has three children, Bruno, Ted and Phoebe. They live in Holland Park and Wiltshire.