Former CHEP creative director duo join The Monkeys

Sam Dickson and Cam Bell, former creative director pair at CHE Proximity, have joined Accenture Interactive’s The Monkeys.

The duo left CHEP in April joining a number of high profile talent to have left CHEP and its parent, Clemenger Group, over the past year.

Dickson and Bell had been at CHEP for the past five years, working on brands including Carsales, RACV, Latitude and Flybuys. They have worked together for almost a decade, meeting on the board of VIC Youngbloods.

Cam Bell and Sam Dickson

Dickson said: “We’ve had our eye on The Monkeys ever since we were juniors.” Bell added, “It’s no surprise we can’t wait to team up with an already exciting creative department.” 

Since leaving CHEP, the pair moved to Sydney for a “new challenge”, spending the past few months freelancing for M&C Saatchi.

The Monkeys chief creative officer, Tara Ford, who joined from DDB earlier this year. said: “This is going to be seriously good.” 

Ford joined following co-founder, Justin Drape’s departure from the agency as his replacement. Drape co-founded the agency with chief creative officer Scott Nowell and group CEO Mark Green in 2006, which up until 2011 was known as the Three Drunk Monkeys.

Yesterday, Mumbrella reported that creative director Dom Megna has left CHEP after 15 years, joining funeral care company Bare as head of brand and creative.

The spree of leadership changes at CHEP kicked off when it was announced that CEO Chris Howatson and national CCO Ant White would be leaving the business to set up their own agency, Howatson + White.

Justin Hind was appointed CEO a month after Howatson’s departure. 

Recently-appointed national chief creative officer Gavin McLeod started at the agency in July, with Glen Dickson was promoted from ECD to deputy chief creative officer.

Special Group hired creative duo Matt Bladin and Phoebe Sloan from CHE Proximity earlier this year.



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