Ben Eady

Creative Director

Level
Senior
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

About me

I’m an antipodean Creative Director recently moved to London. I’ve been a fixture in the New Zealand adland (and for a few years in Ireland) since the mid naughties – when Twitter was but a twinkle in the Internet’s eye. Over that time I’ve been chalking up countless successful ad campaigns and a good many awards, not to mention backslaps from grateful clients. My career neatly splits in two – the first half working below-the-line and the next working above-the-line. Thanks to this dual discipline experience, I can churn out ideation like magic and happily juggle the complexities of the most intensive integrated campaigns. Over the years I’ve also gained a reputation for creative-lead strategy, often working alongside ECDs helping to win new business. Don’t let a couple of decades in the industry fool you though – I’m as driven as the most hungry young gun but with the experience and knowledge to back it up. Thankfully this business suits someone with Peter Pan syndrome and I love how the continuously changing landscape keeps me full of verve about what I do.

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Skills

  • Integrated Advertising
  • Ideation
  • Strategy
  • Art Direction
  • Creative Direction
  • Client Presentation
  • Design
  • Writing
  • Concept art
  • Presentations

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Ogilvy

    Ogilvy

    • Advertising
  • F

    Freelance

    • D

      DDFH&B Advertising

      • L

        Lowe Draft

        Work history

        2019

        Senior Creative

        Y&R NZ, Colenso BBDO

        Jan 2017 - Jan 2019
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Freelance

        2017

        Jan 2016 - Jan 2017
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Freelance

        2016

        Jan 2015 - Jan 2016
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Freelance

        2015

        Jan 2014 - Jan 2015
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Freelance

        2014

        Jan 2012 - Jan 2014
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Freelance

        2012

        Senior Creative

        99 Advertising

        Jan 2011 - Jan 2012
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Freelance

        2011

        Senior Creative

        Sugar Advertising

        Jan 2010 - Jan 2011
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Freelance

        2018

        Creative Director

        Freelance

        Jan 2009 - Jan 2018
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Freelance
        • NOTE: Recently moved to London. I’ve worked with agencies big and small – some like Ogilvy, Colenso BBDO and Y&R you'd recognise as part international networks and in my time I've gained experience on a huge list of clients, a good many of the large global variety.

        2009

        Creative Director / Art Director

        Ogilvy

        Jan 2006 - Jan 2009
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Full Time

        2006

        Senior Art Director

        Lowe Draft

        Jan 2004 - Jan 2006
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Full Time

        2004

        Creative Director / Art Director

        DDFH&B Advertising

        Jan 2001 - Jan 2004
        • Dublin, Ireland
        • Full Time

        2001

        Creative Director / Art Director

        Magnum Advertising

        Jan 1999 - Jan 2001
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Full Time

        1998

        Jan 1995 - Jan 1998
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Full Time

        1996

        Jan 1995 - Jan 1996
        • Auckland, New Zealand
        • Full Time

        Awards

        2019

        AWARDS OVERVIEW

        Effie Awards

        • I started winning awards when just a student. Since then I’ve been clocking them up virtually every year of my career – both in New Zealand and Ireland. Most have been domestic wins but with a good few international gongs too. Crediting freelancers for winning work is not always common practice in New Zealand but I’ve always been happy to see an agency gain recognition for my hard work – something I’m keen to make happen more now that I reside in the UK. Overall, accolades are not where I draw pride from. Succeeding where others fail, winning new business and forging fruitful relationships is what gives me true pleasure in my work. Of course it’s nice to get the odd pat on the back from the industry too. Awards include: Numerous NZ Marketing Association and Irish Marketing Association awards, Various independent direct marketing awards, Axis awards, Effies, Macromedia and Adobe interactive awards... Gold, silver, bronze, Best in Show and Grand Prix – along the way I’ve had my share.