Chairman's Award 2014

Awarded to Nick Gill, BBH
Written by
Ringan Ledwidge

The recipient of the Chairman’s Award is a generous and kind man and above all an excellent creative.

He has over the years believed in me and other young directors and for that I owe him a great debt. Mind you he made me work hard for that first opportunity. I’d been in the running for a few projects with him on numerous occasions and always fallen at the last hurdle, so I pitched once more, vowing ‘never again’ and muttering under my breath that the little ****** better award the job to me this time. Thankfully he did and it changed my career.

I not only gained a good friend but also a new way of looking at things and truly understood what ‘being the best’ really meant and took to achieve.

Working with him is always a joy, if somewhat exhausting! His enthusiasm is endless and his willingness to listen and have his mind changed is a lesson to us all in the business. He fights hard for an idea but is never self-serving. He wants the client to be happy. His trick is that he manages to do it in daring and original ways.

He has over the years surrounded himself with exceptional talent both in creative, account handling, and production. Without taking anything away from our recipient I think it was Roosevelt who said ‘It is not a great man that makes a great President but the men that surround him that make a president great’.

Our recipient is always passing praise to others, supporting and championing his juniors, and it has always been a pleasure to work for him.

He started at BMP and stayed for 13 years. He had a brief stint at Wieden+Kennedy and in 1998 joined the agency he is at today. He has overseen his agency win Agency of the year at three of the last four Arrows awards. He is the current recipient at the Grand Clio; he has been voted No1 ECD by Campaign for the last three years.

He loves his job, he loves his music; but not as much as he loves his family.

He works at BBH and his name is Nick Gill.