Bio

Resumé

2011 – present: SEC Creative

Independent creative consulting working directly with advertisers.  Clients include Australian Wool (The Woolmark Company), and Quorn meat-free products. Some select freelance projects for UK, US, Asian and Australian advertising agencies.

2009 – 2011: EURO RSCG (now Havas) London

Global Creative Director on the Reckitt Benckiser and Australian Wool accounts. Also part of the creative team responsible for the successful 2010 Conservative Party election campaign.

2007 – 2009: Young & Rubicam, New York and Paris

Group Creative Director new business, Group Creative Director Colgate Palmolive (Europe) and Chevron. New business wins included LG appliances, NY Post magazine, Lord & Taylor stores.

2004 – 2006:  J Walter Thompson, Sydney

Executive Creative Director, Australia and New Zealand. Overseeing creative work across all major clients, including Kelloggs, HSBC, Unilever, Vodafone and Nestle.

1998 – 2005: Founder and Creative Director of Collins Thomas Cullen, Sydney

Independent advertising agency eventually bought by and merged into J Walter Thompson, Sydney. Clients included AAPT (large telco), Rosemount Wines and the New South Wales Government.

1992 – 1998:  The Campaign Palace, Sydney and Melbourne

National Creative Director responsible for overseeing the consistently award-winning output of this iconic regional creative ‘hot shop’. Clients included Target, Pacific Dunlop and Yalumba Wines

1989 – 1992: J Walter Thompson, Sydney

Creative Director responsible for creative across all clients, including Kelloggs, Unilever, and Nestle.

1986 – 1989: Saatchi & Saatchi, Sydney

Senior copywriter, working on Volvo, Rabbit Photo and Commonwealth Bank (Australia’s largest bank).

1982 – 1986: J Walter Thompson, London

Copywriter and creative group head, working on Kit Kat, Cockburns Port, Nat West Bank, The Observer

1981 – 1982: Bowden Dyble Hayes (now TBWA), Manchester

Junior copywriter and tea-maker

 

Education

BA and MA in English literature, University of Leeds

Foundation in Art, Manchester Polytechnic (now City University)

The Manchester Grammar School

 

Miscellaneous

Good spoken and written French

Published cartoonist and illustrator

Have been a regular columnist for trade publications

Wrote an HBO-funded TV series which was developed to pilot stage

Awards in all major international advertising festivals, including Cannes, D&AD and One Show

 

Status

Single, Joint UK and Australian Citizenship, US Green Card holder.