Executive Creative Director DDB Sydney, Australia
Tara Ford is the Executive Creative Director at DDB, Sydney.
She has experience working in some of the most creative agencies around the world, (including TBWA London and W+K Amsterdam).
Her work has been consistently recognised throughout her career, winning her in excess of 200 awards, on a range of clients, both for creativity and effectiveness. They span across the disciplines of brand experience and activation, , direct, social media, PR, integrated, print, print craft, outdoor, media, film, film craft, design and Glass (Good). Award shows include; Cannes, D&AD, Webby Awards, One Show, Spikes, British Television, Midsummer Television, Creative Circle, Kinsale, Mobius, London International and New York Festivals, Caples, Clio, Locus, ADMA, AWARD, AdNews and B&T.
This includes her GAYTM campaign for ANZ Bank which won a Cannes Grand Prix (amongst others) and was also named the ‘Best Direct campaign in the World for 2014’ by the Big Won and #1 ‘Best of Print/Outdoor/Design for 2014’ by Creativity-online.com
Her experience ranges from cars, banks and politics to fashion, alcohol and gaming, and everything in between. Brands include PlayStation, Nike, McDonalds, Absolut, ANZ Bank and VW to name a few.
Tara has judged and chaired various award shows including Cannes, D&AD, Clios, Spikes, New York Festivals, AWARD Award (Aus), Adfest (Asia), AADC (Aus), Women in Media Awards (Aus), AdNews (Aus), Creative Circle (UK) and the Roses Awards (UK).
She has been an active mentor to young creative talent through the Cannes 'See It Be It' and young Lions Program, RMIT student program, Miami Ad School and AWARD School.
And she was a panelist at the inaugural 3% Conference Australasia.
She was also recently appointed to the board of the Communications Council of Australia.
In between all this, Tara squeezes in raising her four spirited boys and making art.