Big ideas.
Authentic storytelling.
Creative leadership.

I'm David, an advertising creative director and (sometimes) filmmaker originally from Australia, now living in the UK.

For 12 years I have built, developed and lead creative teams in agencies that have become famous for bold, disruptive ideas. I have worked with a whole range of clients, including healthcare, lifestyle, Government, NGO's and political advertising.

My campaigns have changed laws, behaviours, made national headlines and gone on to win major international awards.

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Campaigns

I develop big, bold creative campaign ideas that cross all media including TV, radio, OOH, DM, digital and experiential.

Film

I originally trained and began my career as a graphic designer, and I still like to put my hand to beautifully crafted design work.

Writing

These days I consider myself as much of a copywriter as I do art director, working on video scripts, advertising and screenplays.

Design

I originally trained and began my career as a graphic designer and I still enjoy putting my hand to beautifully crafted design work.

CV

  • 2 Years

    June 2014 - current

    Creative Director, SLG (Manchester, UK)

    Leading the creative transformation of this 35 year old agency. I have built and developed a new creative team and won new business, putting us on track to become one of the hottest agencies in the North West of England.
    Clients include: Nuffield Health, Tempur Sealy, Open Rights Group, Johnstone's Paint, SIG, Polypipe

  • 2 Years

    Late 2012 - Early 2014

    Director, Lemon Tree Passage (Australian Feature Film)

    My advertising career was put on hold to direct Lemon Tree Passage, an Australian feature film released by Universal Pictures. Lemon Tree Passage is a supernatural thriller based on a popular urban legend about a haunted stretch of road in New South Wales.

  • 7 Years

    Late 2004 - Early 2012

    Creative Director, Fnuky (Adelaide, Australia)

    Led the creative team of this infamous disruptive creative agency. Our work repeatedly outshone the major network agencies and the agency became the most internationally awarded in South Australia.
    Clients include: Coca Cola Amatil, Lion Nathan, Keep Australia Beautiful, Wirra Wirra Vineyards, Arts SA

Awards &
achievements

  • TO JUNE 2016

    SLG

    £1m of new business

    Won major pitches for Nuffield Health, Johnstone's Paint and Tempur Sealy.

  • January 2016

    Personal project


    School Of Thought

    Co-founded this unique creative development programme for aspiring creatives in Manchester.

  • June 2012

    Fnuky

    Gold Chair, AADC Awards

    Awarded for the most creatively outstanding campaign for 2012

  • March 2012

    Fnuky

    Gold Clio

    Became the first South Australian agency in 15 years to won a Gold Clio for Keep Australia Beautiful campaign "The LITTLE Committee"

  • October 2011

    Personal achievement

    B&T Magazine '30 under 30'

    Named one of the top 30 young people working in advertising in Australia.


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