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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsCreative Director - Executive Creative Director - Global Head of Creative

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About me

Innovative creative director with extensive experience in digital, marketing, advertising, design and branding. Proven leader equipped with advanced interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills. Experience working with blue chip clients in Retail, Technology and Gaming, Automotive, Food and Drink, Charity, Financial, Entertainment, Education, Travel, Sport, Restaurants and Hotels, Film Production, Corporate, Government and Services, Architecture, Advertising, PR, Digital, Publishing and Design fields. 


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Skills

  • Art and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Content/copywriting/writing/editorial/advertising
  • Strategy
  • Planning
  • Digital
  • Creative Pitches
  • Creative Entrepreneur
  • Business Management
  • Branding

Work history

Currently

Executive Creative Director

Konceptual Limited

Jun 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Spearhead advertising, digital marketing, design, branding, film, animation, online branded content, and product development for a quality-focused and matrix-driven marketplace. • Full operational/project management. • Strategically plan and analyse markets to determine best approaches and business practices.

2016

Creative Director

Hangar Seven

Dec 2015 - Nov 2016
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • • Managed all creative teams across London, Leeds, Macclesfield and Portugal to collaborate with top UK retailers and many of the world’s leading brands. • Delivered an end-to-end creative and production solution covering design, art direction, copywriting, script writing, film, video, photography, social media, product branding, packaging and solutions architecture. • Established and maintained exceptional professional rapport with designers, vendors, copy, art direction, film, photography, financial, client partners, production, and key clients.

2015

Executive Creative Director & Company Director

Spectrecom Films, Spectrecom TV Waterloo Film Studios

Jul 2013 - Jan 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Supervised and oversaw creative directors, writers, designers, animators, account managers, head of photography, head of directing and head of post-production to execute entire creative output of the marketing, film production, film studios and the TV division. • Drove a high-level sales-proficiency through tactical management of accounts, quality control, branding, and promotions. • Cultivated a turnover of 40% as well as a comprehensive re-brand of all company divisions.

2013

Chief Product Officer

Metamedia International Citizen TV

Oct 2012 - Jun 2013
  • Ko Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand
  • Freelance
  • • Facilitated staff training, product development, content creation, marketing promotions, and B2B/B2C structuring in Thailand. • Utilised Agile methodologies to streamline and optimise front-end and back-end development as well as marketing and promotions.

2012

Global Group Creative Director

Issimedia Systems, CC Media Network, CC Media Live, YES Payments, Fraud Busters, Jackpot Games

Feb 2010 - Sep 2012
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Full Time
  • • Chaired the design, art-direction, copywriting, marketing, sales, innovation and front-end development for a privately owned group of software and tech companies around the globe, ranging from online entertainment and product development to financial groups in Barcelona. • Tailored and implemented unique marketing strategies, including specialised promotions and campaigns which led to a 50% to 60% increase in revenue during their duration.

2010

Digital Creative Director

Media Junction Advertising

Jul 2008 - Jan 2010
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • • Architected creative and digital solutions, concentrating on new business development, as well as the construction of a digital creative department.

2008

Managing, Creative Director and Head of Creative Services

Bluesulphur / Compsoft PLC

Oct 2007 - Jul 2008
  • Alton, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Successfully set up and ran a digital design agency under the umbrella of Compsoft plc, a 30-year-old bespoke software development house. • Governed and directed the overall management of daily operations of Bluesulphur, reporting to the CEO of Compsoft and the board of directors. •Oversaw marketing and new business generation in sales and led high-level negotiations to secure contracts and win pitches. • Maximised company’s performance to ensure aggressive financial targets were met, while also administering resource allocation to align with ambitious business plans. • Led design management for the creative, marketing and software development teams. • Consistently exceeded financial targets, as well as spearheaded the creation of application software development.

2007

Group Creative Director

Maskew Miller Longman Publishers

Nov 2003 - Aug 2007
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Full Time
  • • Successfully managed the integrated studios for 3 business units, Maskew Miller, Pearson Education and Longman, and was responsible for all permanent and freelance design issues, including print, multimedia (digital – on and offline, interactive, video and 3D) and product marketing for companies such as Disney (USA) and Pearson UK. • Maximised department performance to ensure targets were met and controlled department budgets and resource allocation in line with overall business strategy. Studio managers, artwork coordinators, art directors and designers reported in to this position. • Responsibilities included process development, implementing creative and digital strategies and managing multiple design, marketing and digital teams to a high level of service and productivity. • Maskew Miller Longman was the no 1 leader in its industry when I left with my teams meeting their financial objectives by Q3 of each year and completing thousands of titles and projects across education, entertainment and trade genres.

2003

Faculty Head & Senior Lecturer

AAA School of Advertising

Oct 2000 - Nov 2003
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Full Time
  • • Appointed to lecture in all aspects of Graphic Design and Art Direction to 2nd and final year students while utilising experience in the commercial market to deliver relevant information. • Promoted to Faculty Head due to performance.

2000

Founder & Managing Director

Stage Marketing & Design

Jan 1994 - Jan 2000
  • Full Time
  • • Responsible for the day to day running of the business with particular emphasis on sales and business development providing services to a range of blue chip clients and establishing a sound reputation for the provision of quality and modern integrated design and marketing services. • Making sure that the business continued to grow whilst maintaining its existing client base.

1994

Senior Art Director

Pronam Partnership Advertising Group

Jan 1993 - Jan 1994
  • Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Full Time
  • • Responsible for the management of design activities within this advertising agency, while liaising with clients to understand requirements and receive full design briefs. • Worked with clients in a range of corporate, financial and FMCG industries. • Provided guidance and support to other members of the creative design team and ensured completion and delivery of projects within stringent time scale requirements.

1993

Founder & Managing Director

DSGD Advertising

Jan 1989 - Jan 1993
  • United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Set up, managed and ran a successful design/advertising agency. • Responsible for the provision of design services to a range of major clients within the corporate and financial sectors.

1993

Founder & Managing Director

BAD Associates

Jan 1989 - Jan 1993
  • United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • 2D and 3D Animation Company • Set up, managed and ran a successful 2D and 3D animation company which became sister company to DSGD Ltd. • Incorporated the latest in digital animation software and hardware in order to create “ground-breaking” work at the time.

Education

2006

Masters Degree - Business Science

NQF7

Jan 2003 - Dec 2006
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • General, Project, Marketing, Systems and Financial Management.

1987

Multimedia and Graphic Design

Blackheath Art College

Jan 1986 - Dec 1987
  • London, UK

Awards

2014

Clarion Awards

Evcom

2014

Evcom Awards

Evcom

2013

IVCA Gold & Silver Awards

IVCA

2000

Loerie Awards

Loerie

1994

Clio Awards

Clio