Brass Retirement Marketing

Mike Black of Brass retires after 40 years in marketing


By Michael Feeley, Founder and chief exec

September 28, 2016 | 2 min read

Mike Black, managing partner at Leeds marketing agency Brass, has retired after a 40-year career in marketing.

Mike started his marketing career in 1976 at Garratt Baulcombe in Nottingham as a junior copywriter, moving to Graham Poulter Associates in 1980, before joining Brahm as a senior copywriter on 28 November 1983. At the point of retirement, Mike will have spent 32 years at Brass (previously Brahm) of which 15 have been as a board director.

Upon the eve of his retirement, John Morgan, chief executive of Brass, said: “Blackie is a top bloke - talented, calm and easy to work with. Several of our clients have begged me not to allow him to retire, which is testament to his unrivalled talent and ‘brand essence’. We all wish Mike a peaceful and happy retirement.”

Throughout his career in marketing, Mike won numerous awards, most notably for copywriting two prestigious D&AD awarded pieces of work for Porsche and The Yorkshire Dales. He has also been directly involved in many award-winning campaigns, gaining accolades from The Drum Roses and the Direct Marketing Association.

Mike Black colects his Roses award from David Abbott, founder Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.

Aside from the many honours, Mike has tirelessly offered his time and expertise over the years to developing the marketing and advertising community through his involvement in a number of committees, most notably; D&AD North, The Advertising Committee of Creative and Cultural Skills, and regional IPA (Institute of Promotional Advertising) committees. Mike has also presided on many advertising and marketing awards panels, including judging the Scottish Roses Awards

When asked about the highlight of his career, Mike commented: “For me, being personally named on two D&AD awards was obviously great. However, I’m also immensely proud of being involved in building Brahm and Brass’ reputation as one of the best creative agencies in the north.”

Brass is a full-service integrated marketing agency, which employs a team of more than 90 professional marketers, providing insight, strategy and creative services to some of the UK’s biggest brands.

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