Nigel Marsh

Creative Entrepreneur and Inspiring Leader

Nigel Marsh is a top-rated speaker both in Australia and around the world on how to get the best out of business, life and those around you. In fact his TED speech on work/life balance remains the most viewed ever given outside America with well over two million hits.

As someone who has worked with an enormous variety of business, including a number of the world's top companies, national governments and local enterprises, Nigel has strong views on what does and doesn't lead to peak performance in the business world - in particular, effective leadership and team building - and he's not afraid to share those views.

Nigel Marsh has recently been described as 'one of those unique individuals who has a brilliant strategic brain, is a highly creative thinker and can make things happen'.

Nigel, who is also a best-selling author, has had more than 25 years of branding and marketing experience. He was previously CEO of D'Arcy Australia, CEO of Leo Burnett Australia, Regional Group CEO of Y&R Brands ANZ and, more recently, chairman of The Leading Edge, a world-class strategic research consultancy.

In January 2015, strategy consultancy Growth Mantra appointed Nigel as a partner in their business. Growth Mantra consults for a number of Australia's leading brands including Woolworths, Qantas, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, NIB and Optus.

Nigel Marsh's best-selling books include Fat, Forty and Fired, which enjoyed top ten success alongside Dan Brown and John Grisham and was described by influential business magazine BRW as ‘one of the best books of the year'.

In 2008, Nigel's second book Observations of a Very Short Man was published to instant acclaim with author Stephanie Dowrick describing it as 'seriously funny and disarmingly wise. An irresistible invitation to laugh your way back to a better view of the world'.

Prior to moving to Australia in 2001, Nigel held senior positions with top agencies AMV, BBDO and D'Arcy. As a Marketing director at D'Arcy, Nigel helped take the agency to the #1 spot on the highly competitive UK New Business Ladder.

During his time as Leo Burnett's CEO the agency was awarded not one but both of the industry's coveted Agency of the Year awards and was responsible for a number of the highest profile and most effective communications campaigns in the country for brands such as Bundy Rum, Canon, Virgin, McDonald's and Earth Hour.

Nigel is also the co-founder of Earth Hour, an environmental movement which now engages more than 162 countries, and the founder of the Sydney Skinny, a communal event that guarantees that for at least one day a year, everyone (no matter their gender, size, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, financial status or physical ability) has the opportunity to drop all pretense and focus on the things that unite us and make life worth living.

Nigel Marsh is a brilliant communicator, thought provoking and inspiring, engaging and entertaining.

Nigel Marsh talks about:

  • The characteristics of effective leadership
  • Getting the most out of yourself and the people around you
  • Finding meaning in the workforce and life overall
  • Client testimonials

    Excellent speaker. Motivating and honest, with an entertaining way of getting message across. Very good ‘left field’ stuff.

    The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

    Nigel's presentation was nothing short of fantastic - a real treat for our attendees. Everyone got something out of the session. This was clearly reflected in the feedback - he was unanimously rated our top presenter for the conference.


    The response to Nigel was terrific. We've had advisors and staff say they could have listened to him all day. If you would like a presenter that makes your audience laugh, think and reflect Nigel is the right choice.

    Asteron Life

    Empowering and inspiring - the audience loved it! Great fun underpinned by a serious and relevant message.


    Irreverent, Engaging, Honest - Fabulous. One of the very best speakers sessions we have ever had.


    Nigel was simply fantastic - and a wonderful change to the usual presentations.


    The perfect end to our conference, the audience was buzzing - great message with an engaging and inspiring delivery. Thoroughly thought provoking, relevant and humorous.

    Ramsey Health Care

    Your presentation was extremely insightful and inspiring. It really was a pleasure to work with you. Thank you for taking the time beforehand to discuss the program with the client and make sure we got the appropriate topic to our audience. I really hope I will have the opportunity to work with you in the future.

    American Express