February 2016 to July 2017
FACCHINO GROUP, BIRMINGHAM UK - HEAD OF CREATIVE
Facchino were a relatively young agency. I was invited to join the team to head up their creative department. Every aspect of creative work that came through the door was dealt with by myself right from briefing with the client and co-account management (with the client services director) to creative development, production and sign off. I looked after a team of designers and freelancers making sure we delivered the best possible creative solutions for campaigns, product launches, and rebrands. Clients included Pfizer and NHS. Unfortunately due to cut-backs, the company ceased and I was made redundant.
October 2015 to Dec 2015
WYATT INTERNATIONAL, BIRMINGHAM UK - SENIOR ART DIRECTOR
I managed a team of designers and copywriters making sure that the creative work was kept fresh and on brief for clients such as Legrand and CET plus all new business pitches working and presenting with the Deputy Managing Director.
Feb 2014 to July 2015
SUPERDREAM, BROMSGROVE UK - SENIOR ART DIRECTOR
I was involved in all new business pitches. I also played my part in helping reshape the creative dept getting a structure in place to grow the agency forward and utilise the best talent. I helped win large accounts such as Cookes Furniture. I offered clients the initial ‘big idea’ working on my own or managing a team with a brainstorm for clients such as Foster Care Associates and Cookes Furniture.
June 2013 to Feb 2014
BROWN COMMUNICATIONS, REGINA, CANADA - SENIOR ART DIRECTOR
Working alongside the Creative Director, I was lead Senior Art Director for Workers Compensation Board, Saskatchewan Environment, The Global Transportation Hub (GTH) and SaskTel. I was also heavily involved with all new business pitch work. I rebranded and created the new look for the Saskatchewan 2016 Elections campaign which went out across the whole province plus the new brand for Oak Park Living/Porchlight (Velocity).
Jan 2008 to June 2013
FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
I solely picked up various clients working within budgets and deadlines on a varied mix of advertising campaigns, press adverts, direct mail, point of sale, online media and company branding for clients such as AXA Insurance, Birmingham Airport, Bella Italia, BMW Mini, H Samuel, Ernest Jones, Belgo, Delonghi, A1 Grand Prix and Lloyds TSB.
Sept 2007 to Jan 2008
SAATCHI & SAATCHI, BAHRAIN - ART DIRECTOR (Short Term Contract)
I worked alongside the Creative Director on various campaigns for clients such as Honda Accord, Bahrain Airport, Neutel Internet Movado Watches.
June 2004 to August 2007
OWB, BIRMINGHAM UK - ART DIRECTOR
Clients included: Aston University, Stroud College, National Business Register, Cameron Homes, Ascot Kitchens, Wimpey Homes, Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Steel Service Centre.
April 2001 to April 2004
REES BRADLEY HEPBURN, BIRMINGHAM UK – ART DIRECTOR
I worked with a Copywriter in a team on various campaigns for clients including: Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Renault, Barclays, HSBC, BullRing Birmingham and Wesleyan Assurance.
March 1998 to April 2001
PALMER HARGREAVES MINT, LEAMINGTON SPA UK – JUNIOR ART DIRECTOR
I worked with a copywriter in a team on various campaigns and projects for clients including: Continental Tyres, Ford, Kraft Jacobs Suchard Dairylea, Mecca Bingo, Pharmed, Loakes Shoes, Blue Circle Cement and Adam Childrenswear.
Higher National Diploma in Design (Advertising) - Doncaster College UK.
National Diploma in Graphic Design - Sutton Coldfield College UK.
First Diploma in Art & Design - Sutton Coldfield College UK.
Cream Gold Award for Loakes Shoes - Best Art Direction.
Roses Awards - Nomination for Best Outdoor.
Roses Awards - Nomination for Best Art Direction.
Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver), Wordpress. Marker Pad and Pen, Microsoft Products, Cubase, Pro Tools, Garageband Pro.
I love coming up with fresh new ideas and seeing things from start to completion. I specialise in creative art direction for advertising campaigns, brainstorming within a team or on my own, rebranding, new product launches and photo shoots. I have lots of experience in presenting work and liaising with clients for new business pitches or new products. I have knowledge of HTML5 and responsive websites as well as SEO and driving traffic. Outside of work I have a passion for music including producing and playing my own material. I have also performed on national TV numerous times for various acts.