Damon Collins

Damon Collins

Founder at Joint London

London, United Kingdom
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Summary

Damon has spent the last 26 years working at some of the UK's best agencies for some of the UK's best agency owners.
Starting out at FCB in 1986, he soon moved to Gold Greenlees Trott to work for the legendary Dave Trott.
At the tender age of 23 he accepted the role of Deputy Creative Director at start-up Leagas Shafron Davis Chick.
He then moved to Saatchi and Saatchi where he became the agency's youngest ever group head.
Soon after the Saatchi brothers left so did he, to go to Abbott Mead Vickers to work for the industry's other legendary Dave, or rather David.
After moving to Lowe he was promoted, by the legendary Sir Frank, to Executive Creative Director.
This was followed by an adventurous few years as Creative Director at Mother, where he oversaw the Boots account. Whilst there, he and his team helped Boots enjoy their best Christmas trading period ever. Two years running.
In 2008 he joined RKCR/Y&R as Executive Creative Director to partner its CEO Richard Exon. Under his tenure the agency became the most awarded in the UK, winning its first D&AD pencils and claiming the country's number one spot in the Gunn report, as well as reaching number one in Campaign's new business league.
Despite winning awards at all the major industry awards he is most proud of being the only person in advertising to have won two BAFTAs.
He was included in Adage's 'Creativity 50' list of the most influential and inspiring creative personalities alongside Lady Gaga and James Cameron (whoever they are).
As his job description has evolved so has his obsession with all things digital, culminating in his being invited to lecture for Hyper Island and learning to code.
He's a black belt in karate and is married with two children, one dog and a motorbike.

People I worked with

Tony Barry
Director
Biscuit Filmworks UK
Marc Donaldson
Typographer
Little Fish Productions
Claudio Gorini
Agency Producer
RKCR/Y&R
Ed Morris
Director
Rattling Stick
Steve Moss
Copywriter
RKCR/Y&R

Founder

Joint
London, United Kingdom
June 2012 - Currently here (4 years 6 months)
Worked on:

Air New Zealand
TSB
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
Peace One Day
BHS
Google
Amazon
Hoxton Hotels
UKTV - Dave, Watch
GSMA
Badger Ales

Executive Creative Director

RKCR/Y&R
London, United Kingdom
2008 - 2012 (4 years)

Creative Director

Mother London
London, United Kingdom
2005 - 2008 (3 years)

Art Director

Abbott Mead Vickers
1995 - 2000 (5 years)
Worked on:

The Economist
RSPCA
Capital Radio
Halfords
Tampax
Prudential
Famous Grouse
Carrera Bicycles
Ikea
BT
McDougal’s
Volvo
Iams
Health Education Authority - Anti Smoking
Cow and Gate
Solar Century
Pizza Hut
Scene Magazine
Bisto

Creative Group Head

Saatchi and Saatchi
1991 - 1995 (4 years)
Worked on:

Hi Tec Shoes
Flymo
British Airways
P&G
Club 18-30 Holidays
Visa International
Visa Delta
Burger King
Castlemaine XXXX

Deputy Creative Director

Leagas Shafron Davis Chick
1990 - 1991 (1 year)
Worked on:

The Sunday Express


(Yes, exactly. Wonder why I left...)

Art Director

Gold Greenless Trott
1987 - 1990 (3 years)
Worked on:

ITV
Zamoyski Vodka
Mazda
Honeywell Bull
Department of Employment
COI
The Daily Mirror
The Sunday People
Cadbury’s Wispa
Cadbury's Creme Eggs
Post Office Counters
Holsten Pils
Toshiba
Hosten Export
Children’s World
Alex Lawrie
Pearson
Lurpak
Robinson’s
Complan
Cancel the Third World Debt
Farleys
Britains toys
Ariston
Babyfresh wipes

Art Director

Foote Cone and Belding
1986 - 1987 (1 year)
Worked on:

London buses
London Underground
The Daily Mail
Kahlua
Heinz
Mandate
Insignia
Rimmel

Art Director

AMV BBDO
London, United Kingdom

Executive Creative Director

Swarm@rkcr
London, United Kingdom
Swarm@rkcr

Education

HND, Copywriting and Advertising

Hounslow Borough College
1984 - 1986 (2 years)
This course moved from Hounslow to Amersham. Then from Amersham to Bucks. I think it's still there. It was run by Dave Morris.

DATEC, Art and Design

Thames Valley University
1982 - 1984 (2 years)
This was known as Ealing College of Higher Education back then. It was a well known art college. The course was an art and design course called DATEC.

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