5 People


Paul Hammersley
Partner and CEO

Paul spent the early years of his working life at Saatchi’s in London, where he rose from Graduate Trainee to Executive Board member and where he cut his teeth working on the iconic Castlemaine XXXX account.

In 1993 he moved to the nascent Lowe New York where he led the pitch for and ran the global Sprite and Diet Coke accounts. The pitch for the latter included a script which later gained world wide fame as the Diet Coke Break or ‘hunk’ commercial. During this first stint in New York Paul also oversaw the development of the Lowe network in South America including acquisitions or start ups in five markets.

After four years he returned to London to be MD of Lowe Howard-Spink and oversaw the Vauxhall, Weetabix, Stella Artois and Heineken accounts which all saw increased client responsibilities and award winning creative. After the global merger of Lowe and Ammirati Puris Lintas in 1999 he became CEO of Lowe Lintas London. In a year in which the agency won the largest pitch in London (Orange), a Grand Prix at Cannes, agency of the year at both the IPA effectiveness awards and the BTA, it was named Campaign’s and AdAge’s European Agency of the Year. In 2001, Paul moved back to New York to be CEO of Lowe North America leading their General Motors, Coca Cola, J&J and Heineken accounts. He also launched a strategic consultancy, Lowe Plus and Alchemy, a specialist consumer healthcare agency.

He left Lowe in 2004 and returned to London to be Chairman and CEO of DDB Group London where he led a stabilisation of both DDB and Tribal, a resurgence in new business and continued creative success on VW, Marmite, Harvey Nichols and Weetabix.

In early 2006 Paul left to be a founding partner of The Red Brick Road heading up the Tesco business and leading successful pitches with award winning work for Magners cider and Thinkbox. He helped the agency grow to £12mn in revenue with 100 staff and launched Ruby, a digital sister agency.

Following an MBO of the agency in 2012, Paul was recruited to run the Private Equity backed EDC until 2014 as UK CEO, overseeing Dare, Elvis, Citizen PR and Identica before moving to run Cheil’s UK operations.

In June 2017 having observed the increasing frailties of the holding company model as well as the challenges of running independent agencies, Paul launched Harbour, a collective of discrete, independent and specialist marketing services agencies working together to service their clients better, produce better work and find new routes to market. By the summer of 2018 Harbour had 21 member agencies.

Mick Mahoney
Partner and CCO

Mick has been rewarded by every major festival with over 150 industry awards, including a Cannes Grand Prix, 3 Gold Lions, 6 Silver Lions, a One Show Best In Show, 5 D&AD Silvers and 5 British Arrows Golds.

He has created many famous campaigns for some of the world’s top brands including Stella Artois, Nike, BA, Vodafone, Johnnie Walker, BBC and Boots. And enjoyed a career spanning London’s best creative agencies including Lowe (with Paul), BBH, RKCRY&R and Ogilvy (with Kevin).

Mick spent 4 highly awarded years as a CD at BBH running BA, Johnnie Walker, Persil & Vodafone. While there he created The Man Who Walked Around the World for Johnnie Walker. Chosen by Sir John Hegarty as one of the 5 pieces of work to best define the last 30 years of BBH.

Mick was headhunted into the role of Executive Creative Director of Havas London in November 2009. Under his guidance Havas enjoyed the most creatively awarded period in their 22 year history, this included winning the agency’s first ever D&AD pencils. His work won in traditional categories such as film and film craft but also in categories such as social, branded content, technical innovation, web design, game design, integrated and interactive.

As a result, Havas London was ranked #6 in the UK’s most awarded agencies 2012. Mick featured at #5 in the UK’s most awarded creatives. He was also the first ECD from Havas to feature in Campaign’s annual top Creative Director list.

In August 2013 Mick was headhunted into the role of Executive Creative Director of RKCRY&R. During his tenure, the agency produced the BBC’s first social led launch of a major sporting event, for the Commonwealth Games and one of the UK’s most talked about and awarded print and online campaigns for the Royal British Legion, marking the centenary of the start of WW1. He also picked up a gold Arrow for Vodafone. In recognition of the work created under Mick in his first year he was placed 8th in Campaign’s top Creative Director list.

In February 2016, Mick moved to fellow WPP network agency, Ogilvy as CCO. He was part of a completely new management team, along with Kevin Chesters, brought in the rebuild the Ogilvy brand in the UK.

They won 12 new business pitches in 12 months. Including Boots, Vodafone and BA. Helping the agency to its first ever shortlist for Agency of the Year in 2017. This remarkable business transformation also manifesting itself in creative work that put Mick in Campaign’s top Creative Director list at his third agency in a row. An unrivalled achievement. The Cannes, D&AD and Arrows awarded work included the most socially discussed and liked Christmas ad of 2017 for Boots, a real time social response campaign for Amnesty, and the world cup return ticket poster for BA.

Mick will be starting in early 2019.

Kevin Chesters
Partner and CSO

Kevin started his career in account handling at Ogilvy in the mid-90s and made the transition into strategy in 1999. Since then he has held a number of senior strategy roles at some of the most famous and feared agencies in the world.

He has progressed up through the ranks in a number of different strategy roles – client and agency, domestic and international, across every type of creative and media output through a diverse range of networks, micro-networks and independents.

After working as Head of Strategy at BT 2001-2004, he made the jump back to agency side as Planning Director at Saatchi & Saatchi – where he was the lead strategist on the multi-awarded Carlsberg “Old Lions” campaign in 2006.

He joined W+K in 2007, being appointed Head of Strategy in 2009. He was the lead strategist on Honda for a number of years, collecting countless awards from Cannes to British Arrows. He also led the successful pitch for Three that led to the strategic and creative platform that has launched some of the most famous ads in the UK. His favourite being ‘Pony’, the multi-channel social phenomena. Kevin also led W&K to 8 new business wins. He left Wieden in 2013 to become the Executive Planning Director at McGarry-Bowen. In his time there the agency enjoyed its most successful period ever, winning Cannes Gold Lions for both Honda and Weedol and winning 16 out of 19 pitches.

Kevin was then headhunted into his most recent role as CSO of Ogilvy & Mather as part of a new management team, the much-lauded ‘gang of four’ with Mick, his creative partner. They were tasked with putting the London agency back on the map. What followed was the most successful new business period in the agency’s history. 12 new business wins in 12 months. Including Boots, BA and Vodafone. Winning over £165m of new business and topping the New Business Performance League for 12 months. The agency was also runner up in Campaign ‘Agency of the Year’ in 2017. Kevin was then promoted to be the head of Ogilvy strategy across every discipline, in 2018. He headed a department of 65 planners.

His industry thought-pieces have been published many times in The Drum and Campaign and he is a regular blogger for the Marketing Society. Kevin also regularly attends the TED Conference in Vancouver and shares the knowledge annually in his ‘TED in 60 Minutes” round ups for agency, multiple client and for the APG.

He has been featured as one of London’s top 10 planners for the last three years by Campaign magazine. He is also a regular feature in the Campaign A-List. He is a member of the APG Committee, and has been a judge for both the APG and Effie Awards.

Kev will be starting in early 2019.

Harbour Collective

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