After graduating in Film and Photographic Arts at Central London Polytechnic, Adrian Holmes began his career as copywriter at Grey Advertising in 1976.
In January 1982 he joined Lowe Howard-Spink, just three months after the agency was founded. Four years later, he left the agency to work at Saatchi, and later CDP, then joined Wight Collins Rutherford Scott as Creative Director. In 1989 he returned to Lowe as Joint Creative Director of the London office, becoming the network's Chief Creative Officer in 1999.
In September 2005 he was appointed Executive Creative Director of Young & Rubicam EMEA.
Adrian has won numerous awards at festivals all over the world, including Cannes, D&AD, The One Show, Campaign Press Awards and British Television Awards. Accounts he has worked on include Heineken, Stella Artois, Plymouth Gin, Hamlet, HSBC, Saab, Vauxhall, Citroen, Nestlé, Albany Life, Army Officer Recruitment and numerous Unilever brands.
In 1994 Adrian served as President of D&AD. He is still a copywriter at heart, and in between meetings continues to produce advertising for various clients.