Top Influencers: 14 UK Executive Creative Director’s To Follow in 2022

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Executive Creative Director play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Executive Creative Director role. We have selected these Executive Creative Director’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Executive Creative Director’s. The list is in no particular order!

Daniel Efergan

Executive Creative Director @ Aardman Animations

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Aardman has a deserved reputation as a world leader in model animation. Peter Lord and David Sproxton began their animating partnership at Read more aboutAardman Animations on Crunchbase…

Dave Monk

Executive Creative Director @ Publicis Groupe

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Dave has worked at several top-notch agencies in the UK, spending 10 years at BBH London and 5 years at Grey London. He’s picked up awards at every major show for a multitude of long form branded content such as The Times Unquiet Film Series and Heineken ‘Worlds Apart’. Dave doesn’t care what shape or length or form an idea takes as long as the idea sticks in people’s minds for a long time. Learn more about Dave Monk on Crunchbase…

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Julian Harriman-Dickinson

Founder and Executive Creative Director @ HarrimanSteel

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Graduating with a D&AD student pencil under his belt, Julian moved into the advertising industry where he worked for Lowe Howard-Spink as an Art Director for 4 years. During this time he worked with a number of high profile clients including Diesel, Reebok, Olympus, Vauxhall, Smirnoff and Whitbread. Julian then worked as a Freelance Art Director for various advertising agencies including Kessels Kramer & Mother in their infancies. Twenty years ago in 1999, Julian cofounded HarrimanSteel with Nick Steel in London, with the ambition of driving and affecting culture. Their mission remains steadfast to this day: to generate brand lust outside the constraints of traditional advertising. HarrimanSteel and Julian have had the privilege of working with a select bunch of prestigious clients including Nike, Patagonia, Sonos, Toms, Louis Vuitton, Eley Kishimoto, V&A, Philharmonia Orchestra to name a few. Occasionally Julian still directs commercials and content for HarrimanSteel campaigns for the likes of Nike & Pepsi. Learn more about Julian Harriman-Dickinson on Crunchbase…

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Ian Styles

Executive Creative Director @ Design Studio

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With nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, Ian has built a reputation for the quality of his work, and transforming the agencies he works for. As well as forming his own studio, he has worked for some of London’s leading consultancies and loves the power of a simple idea to create and regenerate brands across any media. At DesignStudio he mentors the design team and ensures that innovation drives the work. Learn more about Ian Styles on Crunchbase…

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Ranzie Anthony

Partner – Executive Creative Director @ Athlon

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Aaron Hinchion

Executive Creative Director @ Kano

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Aaron Hinchion is the executive creative director at Kano Computing. Prior to this, Aaron has worked as a creative director at Hinchion & Sons for over 15 years. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in visual communications from Birmingham City University. Learn more about Aaron Hinchion on Crunchbase…

Kano provides a system of kits and coding platform that enables users to develop apps, games, and music. Read more aboutKano on Crunchbase…

Fura Johannesdottir

Group Executive Creative Director @ R/GA

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Fura joined R/GA 10 years ago after finishing her MFA degree from Parsons School of Design – Design & Technology. She was based in NYC her first 9 years with R/GA overseeing and managing creative for Nike and Samsung US Mobile. She started her career in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2000 as a digital producer and interaction designer, but moved quickly into a management role for the office. Fura oversees and leads the creative within R/GA Stockholm. She sets the creative and strategic vision for the team and manages a team of experience designers, visual designers, art directors and copywriters. She has worked on a variety of projects throughout her career, spanning everything from digital campaigns, to complicated web/mobile design, services, retail experiences and e-commerce. Her work has won a number of awards and recognition, placing her has one of the most lusted after creatives by rival agencies in 2012. Learn more about Fura Johannesdottir on Crunchbase…

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Alistair Campbell

Executive Creative Director @ Waste Creative

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Waste Creative is a digital creative agency solving marketing challenges with urgency, digital expertise & a no-fuss attitude. Read more aboutWaste Creative on Crunchbase…

Alistair Campbell

Executive Creative Director @ Waste Creative

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Waste Creative is a digital creative agency solving marketing challenges with urgency, digital expertise & a no-fuss attitude. Read more aboutWaste Creative on Crunchbase…

Darren Bailes

Executive Creative Director @ VCCP Group

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Darren has worked for many initials. He started his career at WCRS creating award-winning work for Speedo and funny work for Butterkist. He then moved to DDB London. But not for long. Next was a seven year stint at Mother. Pimm’s, ITV Digital, PG Tips, Yellow Pages were all hits. Xelibri followed, a massive mobile phone launch across Europe for Siemens. DVD pirate copies of the TV spot were available on street corners of Japan. In 2008 Darren moved to VCCP with the desire to create more famous advertising that the nation would love. VCCP’s launched in 2009 and still wins awards and goes from strength to strength. O2 Be more dog is the hit of the year. Coors Light sells out thanks to Jean Claude Van Damme. Morgan Freeman will be forever More Than Freeman. Learn more about Darren Bailes on Crunchbase…

VCCP Group provides directory for top marketers, agencies, media companies. Read more aboutVCCP Group on Crunchbase…

Steven Anderson

Executive Creative Director & Co-Founder @ Future Kings

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Responsible for all strategy and creative work, Steven oversees the output of the whole team to ensure the highest possible strategic and creative standards. A multi-award winning designer and creative director, he led the team that won the coveted Grand Prix Award at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards. Learn more about Steven Anderson on Crunchbase…

Future Kings is a marketing and advertising firm. Read more aboutFuture Kings on Crunchbase…

Tom Curtis

Head of MediaCom Beyond Advertising UK & Executive Creative Director @ mediacom

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Tom heads up MediaCom Beyond Advertising UK, the content marketing arm of MediaCom, one the world’s largest media planning and buying agencies. He runs a team of around 100 content specialists, overseeing content strategy, creation and distribution for the local and international clients that are serviced out of MediaCom’s London office. Learn more about Tom Curtis on Crunchbase…

MediaCom is one of the world’s leading media agencies. Read more aboutmediacom on Crunchbase…

Mark Gass

Executive Creative Director @ The Creative Engagement Group

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Mark Gass serves as an Executive Creative Director at The Creative Engagement Group. Learn more about Mark Gass on Crunchbase…

The Creative Engagement Group is creates and delivers live experiences, communications, interactive and immersive content. Read more aboutThe Creative Engagement Group on Crunchbase…

Grant Hunter

Executive Creative Director Europe @ Iris

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Grant is the Executive Creative Director of iris in Europe. He returned home to London in 2017 after 7 years in Singapore where he headed up iris’ creative output across the APAC region. During his time at iris, he has led the award-winning design team for the 2012 Olympic Mascots, developed Johnnie Walker’s F1 branded content series ‘Step Inside The Circuit’ and the ‘Force Of Black’ platform for adidas’ partnership with the All Blacks. He is the co-author of Newsjacking published by Thames and Hudson and is a regular speaker and judge at creative industry events including D&AD Shift. Learn more about Grant Hunter on Crunchbase…

Iris is an advertising agency that creates an innovation network of over 1000 people across 17 markets. Read more aboutIris on Crunchbase…

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