Chris Ingram is a serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist.
He spent over 40 years in the media and communications industries, mostly as an entrepreneur. He is regarded as the inventor of the modern media agency having started TMD (The Media Department) for the Kimpher Group in 1972. He then established CIA (Chris Ingram Associates) in 1976 with £10,000 of share capital and a £30,000 loan and built a 67 office international network, floated in 1989 and sold to WPP in 2001 for £430m
Chris is now an active investor in SMEs, primarily early stage, digitally-orientated companies with high growth potential. These businesses are all based in London and New York. He invests through Ingram Enterprise Investors LLP which was set up in 2008.
In 2015 Chris became Chairman of the tiny PLC Vitesse Media, moving to Executive Chairman in February 2016 and increasing his shareholding to 26%.
Chris is actively involved in the Pro Bono sector through his family trust, The Ingram Trust which supports approximately two dozen charities both national and international as well as locally in Surrey.
He is a passionate art collector and his 680 piece collection is the largest collection of privately owned publicly accessible Modern British Art in the UK.
Chris’ weakness is football and since rescuing Woking Football Club in 2002, he was the owner until 2012. He is now their landlord having given the club a demanding 125 year lease at £1 per year.
Where it all started
Starting The Media Department (TMD) and Chris Ingram Associates (CIA) in 1972 and 1976 respectively, it was within these four years that Ingram really planted the seeds to his success.
These businesses were built into the international publicity-quoted Tempus Group with offices in 29 countries and a turnover of £2 billion. This business was then in turn sold to WPP in 2001 for £430 million and now functions as Mediaedge:cia (MEC).
Activities & Awards
EY London Entrepreneur of the Year
EY Business to Business Entrepreneur of the Year
Wharton Business School Entrepreneur in Residence
Deputy Chair, Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management, London Business School
Chairman, Centre for Creative Business, London Business School & University of Arts London Joint Venture
Honorary Fellow of London Business School
Campaign Hall of Fame
Advisory Council for Vice Chancellor, University of Arts
Enterprise Fellow of The Prince’s Trust
From Messenger Boy to Museum Benefactor – Spectator
Interview with Chris Ingram – Kettle’s Yard