I was schooled and brought up in Kirkcaldy – which frankly scars you a bit for life. I then completed an Honours degree in Economics at Heriot Watt University – a grounding that has proven incredibly useful throughout my career.
My first job was as as a Management Trainee at Asda. This involved time in both stores and at Head Office. Again this gave me experiences that I have referenced throughout my career. I then, as one does, moved into market research with Millward Brown which is based in Leamington Spa. Now Leamington Spa is a fantastic place to live if you’re in your 70s – but not in your 20s. But again I learned loads, through working with some of the pre-eminent figures in market research at the time, who were at the cutting edge of marketing evaluation.
I then moved into advertising with Hall Advertising in Edinburgh before moving south again to the bright lights of London. There I worked at JWT, KHBB (who did Carlsberg, the AA, Saab and Uniroyal) and KMM (the UK’s first totally integrated agency). I spent nine fruitful years in London before the appeal of the commute wore a bit thin and a chance to move back to Scotland came about.
I joined Faulds before leaving after two years to help start The Union.
I spend my spare time advising my two teenage sons not to make the same mistakes I made in my youth.
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Planning Director, The Union
Creative Director, The Union/Union Digital
Managing Director, Union Direct
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