The Elephant Room is an independent creative agency founded to address advertising's lack of diversity and inclusion.
Inclusivity and honesty powers not only our agency, but our work too. Our mix of backgrounds, experiences and skills means we can talk to our clients openly about their brand challenges from different perspectives and deliver creative solutions that drive better outcomes for audiences and brands.
The Elephant Room was founded by Dan Saxby and Shannie Mears. Dan was a partner at Iris Worldwide for 14 years, setting up Iris’ APAC network and leading their London office as CEO for 7 years. Shannie comes from a non-traditional advertising background. She sits on the Cabinet Office Race Disparity Audit team, founded ‘Girls, Let’s Talk to connect young professional women, and is an ambassador for ‘GirlsTalk London’. After meeting at iris, they decided to start an agency that would challenge and break the advertising world status quo - The Elephant Room.