Career development

Career development

5 minutes with...Cummins & Partners Creative Director and Creative Leadership Graduate Mandie van der Merwe

Mandie van der Merwe

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The AWARD Creative Leadership course has earnt an enviable reputation for turning star creatives into industry leaders, and many of its graduates have been promoted within a year of completing the course. So, when we heard about the latest promotion at Cummins & Partners we were not surprised. Here’s our interview with newly promoted creative director and course alumni, Mandie van der Merwe...Read more

Six key takeaways from The Good, The Bad, The Ugly


Monday, 16 October 2017

Varying levels of experience and diverse categories shone as the panel of agency/client partnerships was showcased for the AMG event on Thursday evening. Steve McArdle, MD of BMF was on hand to moderate the conversation and the sense of camaraderie and respect among the teams was palpable ...Read more

Q&A with 2015 Planning Idol winner - Sam Geer

Sam Geer

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Time is running out to enter the APG Planning Idol competition and what better way to understand the process than to talk to someone who has experienced it. We get a debrief and some key advice from our 2015 winner– Sam Geer...Read more

Daily co-chairs announced for Creative Leadership Residential

Co chairs

Thursday, 21 September  2017

Chaired and curated by industry trailblazer Warren Brown, partner at Gutthink & Partners and BMF founder, The Creative Leadership Residential is Australia’s only custom-designed Residential for senior creatives looking to transition into leadership roles and acquire the new skills required to spearhead the industry’s next generation of creative leaders...Read more

Mind the leadership gap


Thursday, 21 September  2017

I was 31 when I abruptly became a CEO when my boss got sick (Jon Clark, a wonderful man). Obviously it was unexpected, so I had no training, no succession plan, no support network, and NFI what I was doing. Predictably I failed miserably over the course of two increasingly desperate years (apologies to all involved)...Read more

2018 Comms Council New Grad Program open

The Graduate Program

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Communications Council 2018 Grad Program is now open. Graduates from all disciplines who are looking to launch a career in advertising are encouraged to apply Running successfully for 36 years, the program recruits on behalf of member agencies in NSW and VIC, and offers successful applicants...Read more

Q&A with Paloma Newton, The Grad Program


Thursday, 14 September 2017

When you grow up watching your parents’ adverts and learning the industry lingo before you’re a teenager, it makes sense that you might choose a career in advertising. For current graduate, Paloma Newton, account executive at J. Walter Thompson she applied her creativity, love for Mad Men and leverage of topical matters to earn her spot ...Read more

AWARD School Launch Alumni group

Award School Alumni

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

AWARD School announce the launch of the Award School Alumni, a group aimed at helping the transition from the intense 12-week course to a career in creativity. The initiative will assist recent graduates to establish and maintain connections, develop mentor relationships and to continue to foster their own creativity...Read more

APG launch 2017 Planning Idol competition

APG Planning Idol

Wednesday, 6 Septmeber 2017

The Account Planning Group (APG) today launch the APG Planning Idol competition to find Australia’s next top planner. The competition targets young professionals 30 years or under with an interest in strategic thinking and a passion for communications, to apply their talent to a good cause...Read more

Panel guide UNSW new grads in advertising career pathway

Kat and Brendan

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A panel to address over 300 advertising, journalism and PR students at UNSW is being used to help promote the relaunched The Communications Council Graduate Program and  strengthen relationships with key universities...Read more

Embracing play to develop creative mindset - Michael Fearne


Monday, 21 August 2017

Participants to the IPA Strategic Planning Course “Changing Perspectives” will come head to head with LEGO® Serious Play® expert Michael Fearne who will challenge them to adopt new methods of thinking. Fearne who has worked with brands including KPMG, EY, Australia Post, and Lexus uses LEGO to engage people, change conversation dynamics and solve complex problems...Read more

"Our linear, siloed approach to strategy has now become irrelevant" - Alex Wood, Strategy Director, AKQA Melbourne

Alex Wood

Friday, 18 August 2017

What are the challenges facing CEOs today? And how can strategists stay ahead of the curve? AKQA Melbourne's Strategy Director and AdSchool course presenter Alex Wood shares his insights and how you can benefit from the new eight week course...Read more

Mental availability - does your brand have it?

Rachel Kennedy

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ahead of her guest appearance at our 'Marketing Effectiveness on Trial' Summit, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute’s Associate Professor Rachel Kennedy explains the role of mental availability in driving brand success...Read more

My Journey: Jamie Parfitt, senior strategic planner, CX Agency Lavender

Jamie Parfitt

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Senior strategic planner and AdSchool Digital Strategy & Experience Design graduate, Jamie Parfitt shares his main sources of inspiration, the one book he urges everyone to read, and how the AdSchool course led to his new role in experience design...Read more

Seven tips for breaking into strategy roles

Bohdi Lewis

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Are you looking to upskill or transition into a strategy role but not sure how to break into the industry? Head of Digital Strategy & Innovation at Havas Australia and AdSchool course presenter, Bohdi Lewis, says there is a shortage of highly skilled strategists in the Australian market, to the detriment of agencies and clients...Read more

"Dig deeper by coming up with lots of ideas": AWARD School alumni Karen Ferry

Karen Ferry

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

From landing her dream gig to judging award shows, Leo Burnett senior copywriter Karen Ferry has come a long way since graduating in the top 30 of her AWARD School class. Here, she reveals how tackling unexpected hurdles and tapping into her own emotional insight have given her the creative (and business) edge to succeed. ...Read more

My Journey: Lauren Isaak, planning assistant, Leo Burnett Melbourne

Lauren Isaak

Friday, 23 June 2017

Leo Burnett planning assistant and IPA Eff Test graduate Lauren Isaak reveals how gaining an "effectiveness vocabulary" and linking creative output to business strategy is giving her the edge at work....Read more

"Don't just tell people what you want them to know": AWARD School alumni Rikki Burns

Rikki Burns

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Meerkats senior creative Rikki Burns came third in AWARD School Perth in 2004. She shares the learnings that have stayed front of mind and the value of listening to industry professionals....Read more

My Journey: Nicole Sheavyn, creative, Trilogy

Nicole Sheavyn

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Nicole Sheavyn has gone from AWARD School in 2014 to creative at integrated agency Trilogy. She talks to The Communications Council about passion for her work and her dream of running her own agency....Read more

"It's not just about the briefs, but the core business": Marnie Darren, TBWA Sydney

Marnie Darren

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

TBWA Sydney group business director and AdSchool Account Management Core Skills presenter Marnie Darren shares how the key to being a good suit is to intimately understand a client's business in order to be a true business partner....Read more

My Journey: Smaran Jworchan, senior account director, Clemenger BBDO Sydney

Smaran Jworchan

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Meet Smaran 'Smaz' Jworchan, senior account director at Clemenger BBDO Sydney and graduate of our IPA Business & Agency Leadership 2016 course. He talks about changing his approach to leadership and the allure of the industry....Read more

My Journey: Symon van Haalen, senior business director, Saatchi & Saatchi Melbourne

Symon Van Haalen

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Introducing Symon van Haalen, senior business director at Saatchi & Saatchi Melbourne and graduate of our IPA Business & Agency Leadership 2016 course. He reflects on the power of creativity and passion for his work....Read more

Make the leap: Andy Pontin, Clemenger BBDO Sydney

Andy Pontin

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

IPA Business & Agency Leadership chair and Clemenger BBDO Sydney CEO Andy Pontin discusses failure, avoiding strict career plans and being yourself....Read more

My Journey: Megan Wailes, senior account manager, AJF Partnership

Megan Wailes

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Introducing Megan Wailes, senior account manager at AJF Partnership and graduate of our IPA Business & Agency Leadership 2016 course. She reveals the value of work experience over a degree, and taking a step back from the day to day to focus on the bigger picture...Read more

Make the leap: Kimberlee Wells, TBWA\Melbourne

Kimberlee Wells

Thursday, 15 June 2017

IPA Business & Agency Leadership chair and TBWA\Melbourne CEO Kimberlee Wells discusses defining leadership, needing courage over intelligence, and why Desmond Tutu is her model leader. TCC: When you started out in the industry, did you always know you wanted to be a leader?...Read more

My Journey: Elizabeth Barnett, group account director, VCCP Australia

Elizabeth Barnett

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Introducing Elizabeth Barnett, group account director at VCCP Australia and graduate of our IPA Business & Agency Leadership 2016 course. She talks to TCC about killing 'em with kindness and wearing you leadership cloak lightly...Read more

New IPA Business & Agency Leadership Residential to turn managers into leaders

IPA Agency & Business leadership

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

What got you here, won’t get you there. Most people who run an agency for the first time are woefully ill-equipped to do it, because the leap from manager to leader is a huge one, requiring new skills, a new focus and a whole new mindset to land safely on the other side...Read more

AWARD School diaries: Kate Davies, Glue Society

Kate Davies

Friday, 2 June 2017

AWARD School 2017 is past the halfway mark, with that crucial home stretch and portfolio submission just around the corner. We asked current student and Glue Society creative Kate Davies to take a moment to reflect on some key learnings so far...Read more

Field guide to the strategic planner

The Strategic Planner

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

By Hannah Muirhead, senior strategist, The Brand Agency: From changing consumption habits to instinctive curiosity, the strategic planner is one strange creature. Use this field guide to get to know what makes them tick and what drives them to succeed. Most importantly, to protect the future of the planner....Read more

Society’s Jake Ausburn named winner of AWARD School Pop Up

Jake Ausburn

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Ausburn offered full scholarship to AWARD School 2018 - Jake Ausburn, content executive at social media agency Society, was named winner of the AWARD School Pop Up at Semi Permanent on the weekend. Ahead of 13 finalists, 12 of whom travelled from Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Ausburn walked...Read more

The art of persuasion - a lesson from Aussie actor Myles Pollard

Myles Pollard

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Myles Pollard, best known for his roles in Aussie TV classics McLeod's Daughters and Home and Away, has a thing or two to teach advertising executives about communicating with confidence. He shares his seven key insights with us...Read more

What do you get when you combine AWARD School and the Graduate Program? Ask Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Clemenger BBDO's Chris Thompson is lucky enough to be taking on the double whammy of The Communications Council's Graduate Program and AWARD School. In this photo diary he gives us a sneak peek of grad life as well his first impressions and learnings from AWARD School...Read more

Women and Leadership Australia scholarship applications open

WLA Scholarships

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Women and Leadership Australia (WLA) has launched a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the country's communications sector.The initiative is providing women with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs...Read more

7 Minute Mentors: Tommy McCubbin, CHE Proximity

Tommy McCubbin

Friday, 12 May 2017

Ahead of our AMG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, CHE Proximity group creative director Tommy McCubbin shares why he got into advertising and what he looks for in a team member...Read more

7 Minute Mentors: Jayne Brady, AJF Partnership

Jayne Brady

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Ahead of our AMG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, AJF Partnership head of client services Jayne Brady shares how important it is to take risks and never stop asking questions...Read more

7 Minute Mentors: Anita Deutsch-Burley, McCann

Anita Deutsch-Burley

Monday, 8 May 2017

Ahead of our AMG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, McCann general manager Anita Deutsch-Burley describes how being a science and maths nerd, plus being fascinated by psychology, has fueled where she is today...Read more

7 Minute Mentors: Mike Napolitano, TBWA

Mike Napolitano

Monday, 8 May 2017

Ahead of our AMG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, TBWA managing director Mike Napolitano reveals how co-creating ideas that can make people think differently is the best part of his job...Read more

My Journey: Bryan Wilmot, senior strategist, Leo Burnett

Bryan Wilmot

Monday, 8 May 2017

Meet Bryan Wilmot, senior strategist at Leo Burnett Sydney and a B&T 30 Under 30 star who we are proud to call a graduate of our IPA Campaign Planning course in 2016 and Strategic Planning Principles in 2013...Read more

From AWARD School to 30 under 30: Chloe Saintilan, TBWA

Chloe Saintilan

Friday, 5 May 2017

TBWA Sydney creative Chloe Saintilan has come a long way since she completed AWARD School in 2014. Not only has she now shifted sides from student to tutor, but she was recently named a winner in B&T's 30 Under 30...Read more

7 Minute Mentors: David Phillips, McCann

David Phillips

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ahead of our AMG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, McCann head of strategy and media Dave Phillips shares the value of remembering everyone's name and spending more time with clients than colleagues...Read more

7 Minute Mentors: Adrian Mills, McCann Melbourne

Adrian Mills

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ahead of our AMG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, McCann Melbourne managing director Adrian Mills divulges his love of Powerpoint and that time he fell off a roof...Read more

7 Minute Mentors: Elizabeth Geor, CHE Proximity

Elizabeth Geor

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Ahead of our AMG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, CHE Proximity director of experience Elizabeth Geor reveals how she fell into advertising by mistake after starting out in law. TCC: Why advertising as a career?...Read more

Hey juniors: beg, borrow or steal a ticket to Emergence Creative Festival

Simon Thujis

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

“It’s a creative conference,” I said to my partner, stuffing patterned socks and a watermelon t-shirt into my sports bag. “At a winery? Down south?” he said with a puzzled look on his face. I should’ve known by his response, that indeed, Emergence is not quite what it seems....Read more

7 Minute Mentors: Jordan Price, BWM Dentsu

Jordan Price

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Ahead of our AMG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, BWM Dentsu head of strategy Jordan Price shares why resourcefulness, relentlessness and restlessness will take you far. TCC: Why advertising as a career?...Read more

7 Minute Mentors: Sarah Bailey, Mr Smith

Sarah Bailey

Monday, 1 May 2017

Ahead of our AMG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, Mr Smith partner and business director Sarah Bailey shares why, among other things, leadership, organisation and empathy are key for a successful career in advertising...Read more

7 Minute Mentors: Jane Walshe, McCann Melbourne

Jane Walshe

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ahead of our APG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, McCann Melbourne media director Jane Walsh shares her career high, her own advice to herself, and what she looks for in a team member...Read more

7 Minute Mentors: Alex Lefley, Edelman

Alex Lefley

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ahead of our APG '7 Minute Mentor' speed learning session in Melbourne on May 17, Edelman brand director Alex Lefley shares the best (and worst) parts of his job, his most embarrassing career moment and his career high...Read more

Insights and interrogation: video interviews from IPA Campaign Planning

IPA Campaign Planning

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

After three intensive days at our recent IPA Campaign Planning residential course, we asked Neonormal creative director Paul Edwards, The Monkeys senior content manager Lauren Shelley, Havas senior manager Kevin Kim and Hidden Characters account director Sarah McKelvie...Read more

Brand complexity and business effectiveness: IPA Campaign Planning Melbourne days two and three

IPA Campaign Planning Melbourne

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Campaign planning in the digital age requires an unraveling of brand complexity by understanding business objectives to achieve marketing effectiveness, IPA Campaign Planning Melbourne delegates heard in the final two days of the intensive course...Read more

Technology, creativity and making emotional consumer connections:
IPA Campaign Planning Melbourne day one insights

IPA Campaign Planning Melbourne

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

“Focus on the outcomes you create, not the output you make,” course chair and GTB head of strategy Anuj Mehra stated to introduce the intensive three-day residential to Melbourne delegates on Sunday. “Think of marketing as a revenue driver, and not just the outcome of pretty things.”...Read more

Contagious ideas and a connections ecosystem: IPA Campaign Planning Sydney highlights days two and three

IPA Course

Friday, 31 March 2017

Day two and three of IPA Campaign Planning Sydney highlighted not only the importance of ideas, but uncovering the connection points that enable ideas to spread - and ultimately build powerful, successful brands...Read more

Curiosity, collaboration and communications: highlights of IPA Campaign Planning Sydney, day one

IPA Campaign Planning Wrapup

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Day One of IPA Campaign Planning Sydney taught delegates to be curious when uncovering insights and defining purpose; to embrace and never underestimate the power of collaboration; and to communicate in a strategic way that is bigger than a product