I’m a 360º strategic and commercially astute board level Creative and Brand Director with over 20 years experience of building, creating and adding value to lifestyle brands (mainly within fashion, beauty and luxury), from high street to super premium.
Based on my experience with both established and fast growing companies, I am able to help businesses maximise value through their brand and creative positioning. In some cases this involves consulting on a specific project or to resolve an issue; in other cases it’s on an ongoing basis working towards a desired outcome.
The resulting work has created brands that are market leaders; amongst other successes, they have held the No. 1 position on The Sunday Times “Fast Track 100” list, been voted the “Most Advocated” British Brand in the UK, and delivered substantial commercial value and returns.
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I am an Executive Creative Director with over 20 years experience spanning in-house, agency and editorial roles, including global responsibility for creative direction, brand strategy, digital, advertising, art direction, packaging, retail design and editorial/content creation across all media formats.The greatest part of my career has been spent working with leading premium, fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.
DURING THE PAST TWO DECADES I have been fortunate to work with some of the most successful brands in the world, and with teams and people that I admire and that inspire me. The majority of my work is focused around lifestyle, fashion and beauty. Some of the brands have been luxury brands, others perhaps less highbrow, but I always aim to create beautiful and inspiring work that elevates each of the brands. I like brands that have a clear direction, are driven by emotion, and are aspirational within their respective marketplace. I believe that at the heart of all good creative work there always needs to be a strategy and an idea - a guiding thought or a principle. Furthermore I believe that the choice of media is truly secondary.
BETWEEN 2013 and 2014 I held the position as Head of Creative for M&S.com at Marks & Spencer. I headed up the 40 plus strong in-house digital creative and imagery team and was responsible for the creative and design direction, idea generation and execution of design, imagery and content across all M&S’ digital channels, spanning over 50 territories – .com, international websites, mobile, email, affiliate and external marketing/media.
BETWEEN 2006 and 2012 I was the Executive Creative Director at Hotel Chocolat, a British luxury chocolatier, cocoa grower and retailer. During my time there the company grow from just a few UK stores to over 70 stores internationally, and an actual hotel in Saint Lucia. I played a key role as an executive member on the board responsible for brand strategy, PR and all creative output of the main brand and it’s affiliates – including digital, print, store and packaging. In 2008 Hotel Chocolat was awarded the No.1 position on The Sunday Times "Fast Track 100" list and in 2012 Hotel Chocolat was voted the "Most Advocated British Brand in the UK" by Marketing Week.
BEFORE AND AFTER Hotel Chocolat and M&S I have worked with numerous other brands, magazines and agencies. Most notably on three editions of Vogue; the advertising agency Leagas Delaney where in the role of Executive Creative Director I worked mainly on Patek Phillippe and Penfolds; as Creative Director of FACE Stockholm, which was listed by US Vogue as one of the five most influential beauty brands in the US at the time; and at other boutique agencies and as a consultant for numerous leading lifestyle brands.
CLIENTS & Employers
IN-HOUSE: Hotel Chocolat / Marks & Spencer / IWG /
AGENCIES: BETC / Ogilvy / AMV BBDO / Leagas Delaney / HudsonWright Associated /
SELECTED BRANDS: AVON / Bombay Sapphire / Charbonel et Walker / Chivas Brothers / Connect Jets / David Morris / Dewar's Whiskey / Diesel Jeans / ECCO / Elegant Touch / Ernest Jones / FACE Stockholm Beauty & Eyewear / Fashion Traffic / Fenwick of Bond Street / Ghost / Goldwell Haircare / Hot Diamonds / Iitala / Lars Wallin Design / Levi's Jeans / Marc O’Polo / MARTINI / Moss Bros / Nobel Foundation / Nino Bauti / Patek Philippe / Pictet Bank Suisse / Penfolds Wine / Pure Diamonds / Salviati / Stockholm Records / Vessel Gallery / Warner Records
MAGAZINES: Vogue – British, Russian and German Editions (Condé Nast) / Wallpaper* / Hachette Publishing / Euroman / Redwood Publishing/ Snowdrops / LC-Magazine/