Creative, strategist, entrepreneur
I have worked in television and media as a designer, creative director, film director, managing director, marketing director, project director, strategist and entrepreneur. I started at the BBC in London designing titles for programmes including Top of the Pops, Crackerjack and Wogan before moving to Channel Four. There I headed the design department, creating seasonal campaigns and BAFTA nominated titles for Film on Four.
Following Channel Four, I formed creative agency Ortmans Young International with BBC creative Haydon Young. Projects ranged from the launch commercial for the first telephone bank, First Direct, to creating and managing the onscreen brand for the UEFA Champions League. Broadcast clients included BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Five, and Sky in the UK, and many others across Europe and North America, winning awards from BAFTA, BDA, D&AD, EBU Connect, Paris Cité, PROMAX, RTS, and The New York Festivals.
Later, I ran the Button Group, restructuring operations and setting new creative benchmarks in London, Cannes and LA. Since then I have operated as a brand communications specialist for clients in television, advertising, tech, sport and social enterprise, working with diverse range of brands from CNN International to Babelgum and the World Gold Council to the Homeless World Cup.
Currently, I am creating an aspiration-to-enterprise knowledge hub and workspace for entrepreneurs to connect, learn and launch. Called Ideaspace Global, it is designed to support Global Entrepreneurship Week and the international startup community and is currently testing in Beta.