If you were wondering how The Monkeys is going, this may answer your question. It has just hired another ten creatives. The newish Aotearoa agency has also hired eight new creatives.
Joining the agency are the following creative teams: copywriter, Grace O’Brien, and art director, Fernanda Gil-Pier; art director, Alex Polglase, and copywriter, Jake Ausburn; copywriter, Rubini Gunaratnam and art director, Aicha Wijland; copywriter, Ewan Harvey and art director, Michael Phillips; junior copywriter, Jackson Best, and junior art director, Caitlin Hall.
O’Brien and Gil-Pier have worked across three countries between them at agencies, CHE Proximity, BBDO, Host/Havas, Leo Burnett and Marcel. Most recently, they collaborated on campaigns for Samsung, ING, NRMA, Tinder, Tiger Beer and UN Women Australia.
Polglase and Ausburn are a newly wedded creative team. Polglase comes from Colenso BBDO in Auckland and CHE Proximity in Sydney; Ausburn from Ogilvy Australia and previous to this, worked at Reprise Digital.
Wijland joins from CHEP Melbourne, where he has spent the last three years, and Gunaratnam from a two-year stint at M&C Saatchi Sydney. Between them, they have worked on Flybuys, 7-Eleven, Tourism Australia, BWS and RACV, and are recognised at award shows D&AD, Cannes, and Shots APAC.
Harvey and Phillips are relocating from England and Ireland and have produced TV ads for Delta, Domestos and Dulux, along with creating living sculptures for the British Heart Foundation and a music video with Lady Leshurr for Give Blood. Most recently, they helped launch Zip Pay in Australia.
Hall and Best met during this year’s AWARD School, where they took out first and second place in the NSW cohort.
The Monkeys chief creative officer, Tara Ford, commented, “Exciting times ahead as we bolster our already impressive creative fire-power with this amazing group of people.”