Damon Collins


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After studying first art and design and then copywriting at college I got my first job, alongside my long time creative partner, Mary Wear, in 1986 at Foote Cone and Belding. Barry Smith was the creative director then. We didn't really give him much of a choice. We asked to work in a spare office for nothing. What could he say?

A year and a half later he left. And we decided to too.

We moved to Gold Greenlees Trott, to work under the legendary Dave Trott.

Then after he left, so did we.

There followed spells at Leagas Shafron Davis Chick, as deputy Creative Director, and Saatchi and Saatchi, as a creative Group Head.

After the Saatchi brothers left their own agency (are you noticing a pattern here?) we moved to Abbott Mead Vickers, to work for the industry’s other legendary Dave, or rather David.

He then retired from HIS own agency (yes, there IS a pattern) and I Mary and I decided to go our own ways.

In 2000 I moved to Lowe, where I was promoted, by Sir Frank, to Executive Creative Director. Four years later he left (oh god, it must be me!).

So I buggered off to Mother as Creative Director.

I left there in 2008 I joined RKCR/Y&R as its Executive Creative Director. (At the time I left I am pleased to say Robert Saville was still in charge...)

In 2010 RKCR it became the most awarded agency in the UK, claiming the country’s number one spot in the Gunn report. It also moved from the UK's 7th largest agency to number 3.

I’ve served as chairman or juror for various awards competitions including D&AD, Cannes, New York Art Directors Club and New York Festivals.

Career highlights?

Number one must be when, rather flatteringly, I was included, alongside Lady Gaga and James Cameron, in Adage’s ‘Creativity 50’ list of the worlds most influential and inspiring creative personalities.

Coming in a close second has to be being the only person in advertising to ever win two BAFTAs.

If you'd like to stalk me, you'll find me in London.

Despite being in advertising I'm still married.

I am a second dan in Kyokushinkai karate, have two children, one dog and a motorbike.

Oh, and if you'd like to have a look at some TV ads I've done go here: