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Leighton Ballett Creative

Throughout my career I've believed in interrogating the product. In doing so I've checked the catch of a Belgian fishing vessel in the Cornish Box with the Royal Navy. I've stormed a fort in Jersey on a night assault with the Royal Marines. I've raced BMW's around Silverstone and Thruxton. I've survived the 'Glueing Room' at Lego HQ in Billund. I've seen how Quaker Oats (and mice) are rolled. I've toured every Lufthansa hangar in Germany, the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen and the Creda fridge factory in Derbyshire. I've sampled the authentic delights of 'real Kronenbourg' with clients in Paris and discovered 'secret cities' via every class of travel on Eurostar. All this and more in the search of a great insight for a great ad.

Married with 3 children, I still find time to enjoy my 2 great passions, triathlon and football. Here's a little résumé of my career so far...

2008-2014 Freelance
Copywriter/Art Director
LG, MINI, Reebok, M&S, FIFA, Barclays Premier League, Vodafone, NFL, Carlsberg, Nokia, Palm, After Eight, Barclaycard, Gumtree, Guinness, HMRC, Sony, Shell, Terence Higgins Trust, HSBC, Walkers, AXA, Sansa, Fiat, Kia, Hyundai, Hiscox, Crunchy Nut

2007 Ogilvy & Mather
Copywriter
EasyJet, BP, GSK, Tassimo, Ford

2007 Freelance
Copywriter/Art Director
Green Flag, Stolichnaya, UPC Cable, Transport For London, Parex Banca

2004-2006 Ogilvy & Mather
Copywriter/Art Director
Ford

2002-2004 Freelance
Copywriter/Art Director

2001-2002 AKQA
Creative Director
Nike
Palm

2001 Freelance
Copywriter/Art Director
Nescafe
Bugles
Bacardi

1999-2001 Rainey Kelly/Y&R
Senior Copywriter/Board Director
The Times
The Sunday Times
Simple

1995-1999 Y&R
Senior Copywriter/Board Director
Dr. Pepper
Ford - Puma
Royal Marines
Toblerone
Ford - Cougar
Clover
Royal Navy
Kronenbourg
Eurostar

1993-1994 Publicis
Copywriter/Art Director
Mini Cheddars Perrier
Intel Digital
Long John George Clothing

1992-1993 Freelance
Copywriter/Art Director

1988-1992 WCRS
Copywriter/Art Director
Canon Copiers
BMW
DTI
Carling
Lego
Danish Bacon
Salvation Army
Sharwoods

1986-1988 CDP
Copywriter/Art Director
Unican Tissot
Shiphams
Jeeves of Belgravia

1983-1986 Leo Burnett
Art Director
Marlboro Sanyo
Scottish & Newcastle
Chambourcy

Awards:
Ford Puma 'McQueen' BTA Silver
Ford Puma 'McQueen' Creative Circle Gold
Ford Puma 'McQueen' Television Craft Awards Gold
Lego 'Michael Jackson' Campaign Press Commendation
Ford 'Winter Breaks' ANNAs
Lego 'Pirates' Mobius Awards Bronze
Lego 'Pirates' Creative Circle Bronze
Ford Cougar 'Easy Driver' Cannes Finalist
Canon 'Raegan' Campaign Posters Commendation
Toblerone 'Big Band' D&AD and Chris Tarrant's top five radio ads of all time
Royal Marines 'Cliffhanger' Campaign's Top Ten Cinema Commercials of all time.

Experiential awards:
Dewars 'Travel Retail' Drinks International Travel Retail Awards Silver
MINI WRC 'Team Launch' Field Marketing & Brand Experience Awards Bronze