Our Team

Philip Weake (BA Hons) - Managing Director

Philip is one of the most experienced international airport advertising consultants. In 1980 he joined Primesight (now PSI), a leading airport advertising buying agency, becoming Operations Director in 1986, with responsibility for the company’s key clients and all media buying at airports worldwide.

In 1988, he was appointed founding Managing Director of Sky Sites (now JCDecaux Airports) and was able to use his experience with leading international advertisers to drive up revenue across BAA’s 5 UK airports, including London Heathrow. At Sky Sites, Philip was also part of the management team that successfully tendered and negotiated the advertising rights at J.F.Kennedy International Airport, New York.

In 1994, Philip formed Compass International Media to assist airports, investors and their architects to optimise revenues from advertising. To date, Compass has worked with and on over 70 airports in all continents and is now widely regarded as the leading airport media consultancy in the world.

Philip Weake

Karen Bilney (DSFA II (CCIP) and DEF (Paris-Sorbonne)) – Senior Consultant

Karen joined Compass in 2004 and has over 25 years' experience buying, selling and consulting in airport advertising worldwide.

After graduating from L'Institut Francais du Royaume-Uni, Karen initially joined a specialist agency buying space in airports around the world on behalf of multinational clients including American Express, Philip Morris, MasterCard and United Distillers Group.

In 1990, Karen joined Sky Sites/JCDecaux Airport as Account Director responsible for managing the international clients at BAA airports and JFK Airport in New York. At JCDecaux Airport she was also appointed to co-ordinate the group's global airport network and her understanding of advertiser needs is a key element of her input to Compass projects.

Since joining Compass, Karen has worked on a variety of projects around the globe, with particular focus on planning and optimising new airport advertising programmes and the evaluation of existing programmes.

Steve Curtis (MBA) - Associate Director

Steve became an Associate Director of Compass in 2010 and his knowledge of the trends in the wider outdoor, transport and retail advertising markets is invaluable in developing solutions for airports.

Steve joined the outdoor advertising industry in 1980 and in 1986, he established his own media company which was sold in 1997. He then set up the Out of Home Media Consultancy (OMC) to advise how property portfolios can be developed as platforms for outdoor media. Through OMC, Steve has represented the media interests of the UK's leading property owners and has been responsible for planning media networks for some of the world's foremost retail destinations, transport infrastructures and urban centres. His international work includes retail projects in India, United Arab Emirates and the USA and developing regulatory frameworks for a number of municipalities in the Middle East and Asia.

In his capacity as a consultant for Network Rail, Steve has had considerable experience in planning, developing and managing advertising sales contracts for the UK roadside and station estate. Most recently Steve managed the advertising tender for BAA's UK airports, including London Heathrow, the highest single value concession of its type in the world.