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Paul Middleton

Paul Middleton is the CEO of Ebony + Ivory Creative & Media agency and a partner at NOTED Thinking.

He is a ‘hands-on’ ad man with 35 years of experience in marketing and advertising. He is recognised for perspective, balance, integrity and wisdom at industry and client levels.

His knowledge and know-how make him a trusted strategic communications partner in the business of creativity.

Over and above having worked in the USA as well as guest lecturing at various advertising schools, in  2014 Paul was  the recipient of a special award at the MOST media industry function for “a selfless contribution to the broader media and marketing industry for over two decades”.

With his partnership at NOTED Thinking Paul is able to bring his rich expertise to a wider business audience and extend the value of the NOTED service offering.

Andrew Barnes

Andrew Barnes is a researcher, strategist and thinker. After a time at McCann’s advertising he founded De Facto Marketing Research and was extensively  engaged in working with top clients both in South Africa and abroad.

Andrew also acted as a lead consultant to the CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd  across governance, reputation and risk measurements.

Lately, as a partner at Noted Thinking Andrew is strongly involved with using insights to drive strategy and enable business leadership competency.

Simon Middleton

Simon was born in Port Elizabeth – a city meant to be a frontier. He believes frontiers are messy, dangerous and places of intense dynamism where the rules of engagement are continuously shifting. Despite the downside, frontiers also hold potential for innovation and exhilaration . Courage and a readiness to act without asking permission are needed.

His working experience has always been associated with organizations facing change and redefinition. He moved to Europe with Hewlett Packard in 1989. For 12 years he participated in shaping the businesses of HP, Philip Morris and PwC in countries of the the former Soviet Union. From 2002 to 2012 he was the Global head of Human Resources for the Lufthansa Service Group.

He has lived in Vienna, Lausanne, London and Frankfurt. He works with one of the world’s foremost behavioural economists in the area of leadership, entrepreneurial identification, and organizational effectiveness. In 2014 he returned to South Africa which he regards as one of the foremost frontiers of “everything” – historical, ideological, psychological, organizational, political, spiritual and economic – to name the obvious ones.