It's a popular trend right now to think you're not in advertising at all. It’s almost as if the term has become a dirty word.
Following the announcement of Publicis’ creative chief, Nick Law as chair of The Drum Advertising Awards inaugural judging panel, we have brought together an all star judging panel to recognise the very best work and send a signal to the community that advertising has a fundamental role to play in building businesses, brands and creating jobs.
So far, we have judges from Publicis Group, Mr Presdient, McCann London, Grey London, Vodafone UK, Ogilvy & Mather, RBS, Facebook, J. Walter Thompson London, Talenthouse, St Luke's and Adam&Eve/DDB.
Here are just five of our stellar judges:
Elizabeth Valleau, global creative strategist, AR specialist, Facebook London
Elizabeth Valleau is an award-winning creative director, multimedia artist and currently, global creative and AR lead for Facebook and Instagram. After a colourful career launch designing and directing for Badboy Worldwide, she has parlayed her passion for creative technology and platform hacking into new disciplines at shops like Grey and R/GA. She is continuing the mission by heading up futuristic efforts for AR and Live at Facebook and her work has won advertising and design’s highest awards, including Clio’s, Webby’s, Pencil’s and multiple Cannes Lions.
On the awards, she said: “We live in times when it’s more urgent than ever to celebrate and reward ideas and creative minds that will change the world for the better.”
Laura Jordan-Bambach, chief creative officer, Mr. President
One of the world’s few female chief creative officers, Laura Jordan-Bambach is former president of D&AD, has recently been named one of Britain’s most influential people within the Debrett’s 500 annual list for the second year running, scooped up 'Individual of the Year' at The Drum DADI Awards 2014 and has been awarded an honorary doctorate for her services to graphic design from University of the Arts, London (Norwich).
Under her stewardship as founder and chief creative officer, creative agency Mr. President has recently been awarded Agency of the Year by The Drum and AdAge.
Jordan-Bambach is also a co-founder of SheSays, a global volunteer network which works to get more women into the creative industries. With over 40,000 members operating in 43 cities worldwide SheSays includes mentoring, events and the annual VOWSS showcase of the best film work made my women around the globe.
Matt Gay, art director, Adam&EveDDB
Matt Gay began his career at Campbell Doyle Dye, before moving to adam&eve in late 2008. Ten years, four Agency of the Year and one merger later, he is still there. In that time, he has made award winning work for John Lewis, Volkswagen, Fosters, H&M, Harvey Nichols, Waitrose, Save the Children and Colman’s. Picking up at Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Clio’s, British Arrows, Eurobest, Shots, Epica, Campaign Big, Creative Circle and the Andy Awards.
Amongst these accolades is the 2012 British Arrows Commercial of the Year “The Long Wait” for John Lewis, and the 2017 British Arrows Craft Commercial of the Year “Coming Home” for Waitrose. “The Long Wait” was also one of the most awarded commercials in the world in the 2012 Gunn Report.
Maya Bogle, co-founder, Talenthouse
Maya Bogle is the co-founder of Talenthouse, a global community of multi-disciplined creators delivering creative content and influencer marketing for brands.
She has over 30 year’s experience in commercial roles including Capital Radio and the senior management team for BSB that launched satellite television into the UK where she focused on agency and brand partnerships. Bogle also worked as a head-hunter and was a partner in a celebrity product placement company where she focused on driving brand advocacy through the placement of their products on celebrities.
She champions the need for the advertising industry to transform its models and processes in order to engage consumers with culturally relevant work across multiple markets and channels. Bogle is passionate about creativity and technology and how they integrate to address the challenges the advertising industry faces.
Richard Denney, executive creative director, St. Luke’s
Richard Denney left his executive creative director role at MullenLowe to hop on board with the St Lukes, bringing with him a tremendous track record and real creative firepower. Denney works alongside chief creative officer Al Young and creative partner Jules Vizard in steering the agency’s creative direction.
He has won multiple golds at Cannes, British Arrows, UK Effie golds and other awards across his 21-year career, working at top-tier agencies such as Saatchi and Saatchi, DDB London, and RKCR/Y&R.
Check out our panel of judges for The Drum Advertising Awards. The entry deadline is Friday 14 September, make sure you download you entry pack and show the world the outstanding work you have been producing.