My career so far!
April 2012 – Present RJBH Creative, Freelance Copywriter/Creative
Since setting up on my own as RJBH Creative, I’ve worked with a variety of marketing, advertising, education marketing and recruitment advertising agencies on all kinds of projects that have involved everything from websites and social media strategies to billboards, press adverts and video scripts.
July 2001 – April 2012 Euro RSCG Riley, Creative Director, Manchester
Taken on as Head of Copy, I’m proud to have succeeded in my brief of helping to transform a ‘sleeping giant’ into an award-winning creative led agency. Promoted to Creative Director in 2004, I headed up a very talented regional creative team that gained a strong reputation for innovation, and picked up many regional and national awards. Here I worked on a diverse range of recruitment, marketing and education marketing campaigns for such clients as Specsavers, Bupa, The University of Manchester, Asda, Edge Hill University, South Wales Police, B&Q and United Utilities to name but a few.
April 2001- July 2001 Head of Copy, Barkers
I decided it was time to take on a new challenge and prove myself as part of different team. Here I enjoyed working with a good bunch of talented creatives and such clients as Royal London, Green Flag, Hallmark Cards and Direct Line. I managed to help win three Manchester Evening News awards during my brief stint, but an uncertain future for the team combined with a pregnant wife led to me agreeing to join my former Creative Director at Euro RSCG Riley.
June 1994-April 2001 Copywriter, HB Advertising & Head of Copy, TMP Worldwide
My big break gave me lots of experience as I was the only Copywriter in the creative team that produced work for three offices. It was here that I honed my skills and helped to win the agency’s first creative awards, as well as new clients such as Nestlé. This put the agency in the national spotlight. And HB was bought by TMP and merged with several other agencies including MDK, MSL and Austin Knight. Here I was promoted to Head of Copy and worked with such clients as HBOS, AstraZeneca, Manchester Airport, BAE Systems, Unilever, Siemens, Scottish & Newcastle and the Co-operative Bank.
1992-1994 Work Placements, Freelance & Portfolio Building
BDH /Charterhouse Advertising/Stowe Bowden Wilson/Huet Timmins
Trying to enter the industry during a recession wasn’t easy, but I persevered, kept pestering people and took on various copywriting placements to develop my portfolio, grow my experience and get that all important break.