About

We are a fiercely independent creative communications agency, with offices in London, Shanghai, Hamburg, Milan and Los Angeles. Since our foundation in 1980 by one of the greats of advertising, Tim Delaney, we have always championed a strategy-led approach to our work, rooted in the belief that "it’s not an idea unless it changes a business". With the focus on creating unfair competitive advantage and driving irrational preference for our clients' brands, the team of curious talent at Leagas Delaney develop long-term communication ideas that deliver results.

Our People

Tim Delaney
Chairman & Executive Creative Director

Tim founded Leagas Delaney and over the years has won countless awards for his work, notably Britain’s D&AD, America’s One Show and Cannes Lions. He was the President of D&AD and 3 years later received The D&AD President’s Award and The Creative Circle President’s Award. The British Television Awards Lifetime Achievement Award has also been bestowed on Tim in recognition of his contribution to the communications industry. He was inducted into The One Show Advertising Hall of Fame in America in 2007, Campaign's British Advertising Hall of Fame in 2008 and China Advertising’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

Tim is the only creative lead in history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the USA, Europe and China. He remains a working copywriter and leads the creative team at the agency.

Margaret Johnson
Group CEO

Margaret joined Leagas Delaney London as Head of Strategy and Communications Planning in 1995. She was appointed as Group CEO of the agency in 2007. Over the years Margaret has been instrumental in developing brand and communication strategies for companies such as InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Patek Philippe, ECCO, Timberland, Glenfiddich, Penfolds. feelunique.com and Value Retail.

In 2O06 Margaret was appointed as a Non- Exec of the Admiral Group. Post her retirement from the main Board in 2106 Margaret became member of the Confused and international price comparison boards of the Admiral Group.

Margaret is Co-Chair of the Tiffany Circle - the women’s philanthropy group who work on behalf of the Red Cross. Margaret was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List for her services to the creative industry and voluntary services.

Gareth Davies
Managing Director

Gareth joined Leagas Delaney in January 2020 and leads our London office. He came to us from Havas where he spent 12 years, in a variety of roles across the UK Group including Managing Director of Havas London, Managing Director of Cake and Managing Partner of Helia. As such, Gareth is one of just a handful of agency leaders to have held leadership positions across creative, experiential & partnership and customer engagement agencies. 

Prior to Havas, Gareth was Marketing Director of the NFL, where he brought to the UK the first regular season games to be staged outside of North America. Before the NFL, Gareth spent 6 years at Saatchi & Saatchi, joining on their graduate scheme and rising to lead their European Toyota business and to co-found their youth agency.