The Communications Council has announced Cam Blackley, chief creative officer at M&C Saatchi, as chair of the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD). He takes on the role from Saatchi & Saatchi CCO Mike Spirkovski who steps down after two years as chair of the committee.
Blackley, an AWARD Committee member since 2016, said he is proud to have been part of the Committee for three years and is looking forward to steering AWARD during such an exciting time.
Says Blackley: “I tip my hat to Mike for the great job he’s done over the last couple of years, the future of AWARD is all the brighter for his contribution.
“Whilst it’s a privilege to lead the AWARD executive committee I don’t underestimate the responsibility of cementing AWARD as the region’s champion of creativity. The shifting landscape of the industry means there’s always more work to be done.
“I’m up for it and will be supporting progressive ideas from the committee that promote higher standards of creative excellence for future generations of creatives and marketers.”
Some significant achievements for AWARD during Spirkovski’s reign as chair include:
● Attracting Susan Hoffman (2018) and Leo Premutico (2019) to Australia as AWARD Awards chair of judges with special guest appearances at the AWARD Creative Leadership courses.
● Tom Lawrence being announced top student of AWARD School in 2018 and winning a prize to meet David Droga on the 30th anniversary of Droga winning AWARD School
● Expansion of AWARD School into regional Victoria and Northern Territory in 2019
● Introduction of AWARD School Indigenous Scholarships in 2019
● Attracting Facebook as the official partner of AWARD School in 2018 and AWARD Awards in 2019
Outgoing committee chair Mike Spirkovski said it has been an honour to represent the much-loved association.
Says Spirkovski: “Looking back I am very proud of our collective achievements, in particular, our work in the areas of diversity and nurturing future talent. This year, AWARD School broadened its program reach, expanding beyond major cities to the Northern Territory, and to regional and rural Victoria. In 2019, half a dozen Indigenous Program Scholarships were also made available to encourage more Indigenous people into the advertising industry.
“I want to thank the fantastic committee for their unwavering support and generosity during my chairmanship. I’d also like to congratulate Cam Blackley on his appointment as AWARD chair. Cam is an incredible creative leader and an inspirational industry mentor who will, no doubt, lead the AWARD Committee to greatness.”
Comms Council CEO Tony Hale said he is delighted to welcome Blackley as the new AWARD chair, and thanked Spirkovski for his valuable contribution.
Says Hale: “Cam is widely respected and a natural leader. I have no doubt that he will continue to drive the AWARD brand and community to champion creativity as the powerful force we know it all to be.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for his tireless contribution. He provided a very positive outlook and was extremely generous in devoting time to AWARD, most recently by being a co-chair at the AWARD Creative Leadership course.”
Blackley has over 20 years’ experience at leading international creative shops including Droga5 NYC, AMV BBDO and Publicis London, and has worked on a wide variety of global brands spanning Aldi, Carlton United Breweries, British Telecom, Cadbury, ING Bank, Tiger Beer and Sportsbet.com.au.
He has received the highest honours at every international award show, including a coveted D&AD Black Pencil and Cannes titanium.
The AWARD Committee members are:
● Cam Blackley (Chair)
● Josie Burns
● Karen Ferry
● Loren Bradley
● Jane Burhop
● Esther Clerehan
● Tara Ford
● Rob Galluzzo
● Barbara Humphries
● Jonathan Kneebone
● Ant Melder
● Brendan Willenberg