"I’m judging the awards so I can see the wonderful and diverse work that our industry creates. It's a real privilege to be able to get so deeply immersed in the breadth of work on show and have a great debate with the other judges about the work. I hope to see a lot of work that I say "I wish I'd done that!""
During his career, Ian has won over 100 awards and spoken on creativity all over the world. He has sat on the juries of all the major awards, including Cannes, D&AD, Caples, the Echoes, DMA’s, IPA, IDM, Campaign Big as well as chairing many, including D&AD and Dubai Lynx.
Ian is a truly international, hands-on creative director who has experienced all aspects of being a creative. His career began at 17, when he started working as a tea boy and studio junior. Within just two years he was made art director and after becoming creative director at DMB&B, he left to be a founding partner of PPHN.
Ian then spent three years in New Zealand as a creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellington, before returning to the UK where he worked at what was then called WWAV RAPP Collins for a brief time, before leaving to take up the post of Executive Creative Director at Tequila\Worldwide. He returned to RAPP in 2002, became RAPP UK chairman in 2005. He was Global Chief Creative Officer from 2006 – Oct 2015 when he left RAPP to join Wunderman as ECD UK & EMEA, working across the 55 offices in that region.
He has worked with many of the world’s leading brands across all sectors, winning multiple awards along the way, such as at Cannes Lion for Cancer Research UK ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Diner’, and at D&AD for NSPCC ‘Pencil’ and IFAW ‘Gorilla’. In the last two years alone he has racked up an impressive 28 Gold or Silver awards for some of the industry’s most highly regarded shows for creative excellence, such as the Direct Marketing Association, Brand Republic Digital Awards and MAA Guardian Best Awards.