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M&C Saatchi Sydney ramps up creative team with new multiple hires

From Left: Julian Lock, Billie Gurr, Jake Rowland, William Campion, and Claire Kirby
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Sydney, Australia – Marketing agency M&C Saatchi Sydney has announced the additions to its creative team, namely Julian Lock, the new craft designer, Billie Gurr and Jake Rowland, the new junior art directors, as well as William Campion and Claire Kirby, the new junior copywriters.

Lock, who was a 2020 honour graduate of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, has gained freelance design experience working for clients such as City Of Sydney, Darlinghurst Business Partnership, and He has also garnered experience as a freelance fashion photographer for brands like P.E Nation and the Australian Fashion Council. 

Meanwhile, Gurr, who is transferring from M&C Saatchi Sport and Entertainment, has fine-tuned the craft of solving brand problems with creative thinking and storytelling, allowing her to deliver successful campaigns such as ‘Have a Go’ by Australian Olympic Committee, ‘Pick Fresh Play Fresh’ by supermarket Woolworths, and ‘Just Change’ by Australian spring water brand Just Water, amongst others. While Rowland, who is a recent Award School Graduate with a background in design, has freelanced at Leo Burnett and Present Company. He is equipped to find unique and engaging ways to communicate brands’ messages.

Lastly, Campion, a recent law graduate and a recording artist for Sydney/LA-based record label, Future Classic, has freelanced at BMF and REBORN digital agency. He has completed three degrees, and is seeking to push himself creatively and intellectually, while Kirby has also freelanced at Leo Burnett and Present Company. She is a reformed commercial lawyer, and is well-acquainted with the art of distilling complex ideas into simple, easy to understand concepts.

Mandie van der Merwe, M&C Saatchi Sydney’s executive creative director, said, “Jake, Claire, Billie, Julian and Will are interesting thinkers, brimming with potential, who bring really different past experiences to the department. So we’re really excited to have them on board and we’re expecting them to knock it out the park.”

In December 2021, M&C Saatchi AUNZ has appointed new senior leaders, namely Shelley Parsons, the new executive creative director, and Ben O’Brien, the new deputy executive creative director, to drive the creative team of its dedicated agency for supermarket giant Woolworths in Australia, Greenhouse.

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