Executive Creative Director
Clemenger BBDO

After two unsuccessful attempts at a swimming career, it was clear the time had come for Stephen to try his hand at something new. So, he hung up his Speedos and goggles, picked up a black marker and begun his career as an art director.

16 years ago from Perth, in Western Australia, he first made the jump to Clemenger BBDO Melbourne. In 2014 his journey came full circle, returning to Clemenger BBDO, where he is now Executive Creative Director.

Prior to his return he spent three years in London as Creative Director at the UK’s fastest growing and most creative start-ups, 18 Feet & Rising. He has spent time working in some of Australasia’s top agencies including JWT Sydney and Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand.

Stephen has created some of Clemenger BBDO’s higher profile campaigns for Mars, the Transport Accident Commission and Australia’s largest department store, Myer.

Stephen’s work has been recognized at all major award shows around the world for both creativity and effectiveness. Some of his recent highlights include Best in Category - Print/Outdoor at The One Show, Best of Show at New York Festivals, 10 D&AD pencils this year including 5 Yellow and a coveted black pencil for his Meet Graham project. At the 2017 Cannes Lions Stephen walked away with 56 lions for his campaigns on a range of clients including TAC, Mars and Airbnb. Stephen’s Meet Graham project took home two Grand Prixs. 

The Cannes Lions Global Creative Index has Stephen ranked the number one Creative Director in the world. Stephen is part of the Creative Leadership team who, this year, guided Clemenger BBDO Melbourne to its coveted position as D&AD Agency of the Year and Agency of the Year at Cannes Lions 2017 – the first time any Australian agency has received that honour.

Judging panel

Remco Graham

Creative Partner

Will Rust

Executive Creative Director
Ogilvy Denmark

Fura Johannesdottir


Daniel Evans

Creative Director
Leo Burnett

Becky McOwen-Banks

Creative Director
FCB Inferno

James Thorley

Creative Director
MRM Meteorite

John Jessup

Freelance Creative
Creative Johnny