"David is the most interesting, insightful and impressive thinker on the value of marketing services that I’ve come across in 20 years. He flawlessly combines high intellect with practical application, and always delivered with wit and charm."

Ian Pearman,

President, Asia, TBWA\Worldwide

David Meikle - Founder/Author

David is a natural innovator and problem solver. His career in marketing communications spans more than two decades during which time he has worked with two of the world’s largest advertising networks in Grey London and Ogilvy & Mather and for some of this biggest brands and brand owners including Unilever, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestle, American Express and BP.

In 2003 David joined Ogilvy Russia as Group Managing Director. In less than four years Ogilvy Russia had become WPP’s largest creative group in the Russian Federation, increasing agency revenues by more than 500% and client satisfaction to its highest ever levels.

Returning to the UK, David founded the marketing consultancy and intermediary, Salt Partners. While working for clients such as the Post Office, Bayer, BMI Healthcare and several leading creative and media agencies, he developed the strategic framework that would become The Monkey House and wrote his first book: How to Buy a Gorilla, renaming his business after the book in 2017.


David lives in Oxfordshire, with his wife, his son, a whippet called Molly and a couple of chickens.  


“In a world of so-called consultants and platform speakers of all shapes, sizes and capabilities David cuts through.  His deep and genuine passion for change and solid industry knowledge make him a powerhouse contributor to the future of our industry.”

Scott Knox

President and CEO

Institute of Communication Agencies