Ian McAteer

Chairman & Managing Director - The Union


Ian is the Chairman and Managing Director of The Union, one of the UK’s leading regional agencies, based in Edinburgh and Leeds. A former Barrister, Ian was a Director of Saatchi & Saatchi London where he worked on campaigns for BA, BT, BP, Campbell’s Soup and Cadbury Schweppes. He set up The Union in 1996 with three partners.

Today, with over 85 staff, The Union is one of Scotland’s leading creative agencies delivering integrated marketing communications for a wide range of clients including Scottish Government, VisitScotland, STV, Loch Ness by Jacobite, Miller Homes, V&A Dundee, Sterling Furniture, Scottish Widows, Heineken and Historic Environment Scotland.

The Union has extensive leisure and tourism expertise, having delivered branding, websites and marketing campaigns for Seychelles Tourism Board, Principal Hayley Hotels, Scotland Food & Drink, Buccleuch Group and ScotRail. The Union is also currently working on projects for the STA. The agency has been named Agency of the Year by the Marketing Society in Scotland in 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2017. Ian is a Fellow of both the IPA and the Marketing Society.

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