The Monkeys, part of Accenture Interactive, has announced 10 new hires for its creative department.
They are: 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; and junior copywriter Jackson Best and junior art director Caitlin Hall.
The appointments follow the agency’s exceptional growth and are all effective immediately.
Chief creative officer Tara Ford says the new hires boost the agency’s strong creative offering: “Exciting times ahead as we bolster our already impressive creative fire-power with this amazing group of people.”
Between them, O’Brien and Gil-Pier have worked across three countries at agencies including CHE Proximity, BBDO, Host/Havas, Leo Burnett and Marcel. They have collaborated on campaigns for clients Samsung, ING, NRMA, Tinder, Tiger Beer and, most recently, UN Women Australia.
Polglase and Ausburn are a newly wedded creative team. Polglase was most recently at Colenso BBDO in Auckland and CHE Proximity in Sydney. Ausburn arrives from Ogilvy Australia.
Art director Wijland makes the move from CHEP Melbourne, after three years, and copywriter Gunaratnam from a two-year stint at M&C Saatchi Sydney. They have worked on brands Flybuys, 7-Eleven, Tourism Australia, BWS and RACV, and are recognised at award shows D&AD, Cannes, and Shots APAC.
Harvey and Phillips hail from England and Ireland and have produced TV ads for brands 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.
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