Tom Richards

Tom Richards

Chief Creative Officer at HAVAS LYNX
Manchester, United Kingdom

About me

Hunger beats talent they say.
Which is lucky, as Tom’s got a voracious appetite for creativity, life and positive change, especially in the world of healthcare. His insatiable hunger has made a huge impact at Havas Lynx where he drives creative standards as Chief Creative Officer. In an astonishingly short space of time, he’s grown the creative department to over 70, including 9 awesomely talented Creative Directors.

And 2018 saw Havas Lynx crowned Cannes Lions Healthcare Agency of The Year.

Prior to his current healthcare role, he has won Lions, Pencils, Sharks, Epicas, Creative Circles and IPAs for an impressive list of consumer clients and agencies including Cheetham Bell, Faulds, JWT, BJL and TBWA.

Awards

Positions

Chief Creative Officer
Manchester, United Kingdom
April 2015 - Present (3 years 8 months)
As CCO of HAVAS LYNX he’s responsible the creative output and reputation of the leading global healthcare communications group.

He believes in harnessing the power of creativity to solve problems, sell products and more importantly improve lives.

20 years advertising experience producing award-winning and category-changing work across every conceivable medium.

Gets a real kick out of inspiring and nurturing creative talent and lives by his personal motto: Can’t. Can.
Creative Director
Manchester, United Kingdom
2008 - 2015 (7 years)
Responsible for the BJL’s entire creative output. Nurturing creatives and their ideas, whilst making sure there’s a strategic thread running through work. Oh, and making making sure we have fun doing it!

Creative Partner of Art
Manchester, United Kingdom
2006 - 2008 (2 years)

Inspiration and making things pretty.

Group Head
Manchester, United Kingdom
2004 - 2006 (2 years)
Worked across all clients, looked after group and also creative department for 3 months. Notable achievements: 2 Cannes Lions.

Art director
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1995 - 2002 (7 years)
Bring ideas to life with the magic of art direction. Typography, illustration, photography and plenty of perspiration.

Education

HND in Advertising

2000 - 2002 (2 years)

Foundation Course in Art

1988 - 1989 (1 year)

1982 - 1987 (5 years)
The Fine Art of Rugby

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