AWARD School NZ taps DDB’s Rory McKechnie

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A team of nine leading industry creatives have been appointed AWARD School heads, set to lead Australia’s pre-eminent training programme for aspiring creatives, copywriters and art directors across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Auckland this year.

DDB senior creative Rory McKechnie will again be AWARD School head in New Zealand (he also officiated last year).


The full list:

NSW – Peter Ogden, CD, Dentsu

NSW – June Laffey, ECD, McCann Health

VIC – Michael Mulcahy, writer, JWT

VIC – Sarah McGregor, head of copy, Leo Burnett

WA – Craig Buchanan, ECD, The Brand Agency

SA – Matt O’Grady, CD, KWP! Advertising

QLD – Sarah Chernishov, AD, Sapient Nitro

TAS – Sam Buxton, AD, Clemenger

NZ – Rory McKechnie, senior creative, DDB

The application brief will be released and available to download from the AWARD School webpage on Friday 13 February. Successful applicants will be accepted onto a 12-week intensive course covering 10 briefs, across a range of different mediums, with focus on the many new digital opportunities available to today’s creatives.

“Thanks to all of this year’s AWARD School heads for dedicating their time and skills to AWARD School,” said AWARD chairman Mark Harricks. “It is the high calibre of mentors that draws such large volumes of aspiring creatives to apply each year. We recommend hopefuls come along to our information nights if they are unsure about the application process or course content. The competition is high and the programme is tough, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself in to.”

Every year, throughout Australasia, AWARD School accepts up to 300 students from around 800 applications. Applications for AWARD School NZ will open later in the year.

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