Ex-Camelot commercial chief lands Diamond Jubilee post

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: takes place on Sunday 3 June
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: takes place on Sunday 3 June

Former Camelot, Kraft and Somerfield marketer Phil Smith has been appointed to the lead marketing role for the Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

As commercial director, Smith will be responsible for raising sponsorship from brands to contribute to the overall £10m cost of the 1000-boat flotilla, which will sail down the Thames on Sunday 3 June.

Sainsbury’s has already signed up as a commercial partner, but Smith wants to bring more brands on board.

‘It’s going to be a momentous occasion,’ he said. ‘It is not just about getting cash from our corporate partners – it will allow us to use their marketing footprints to take the pageant to the world at large.’

The activity will act as a launch pad for a new charity, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

The aim of the body is to raise £100m for projects related to education, culture and curable disease across the Commonwealth.

Smith’s appointment coincided with Monday’s 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

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