Lynsey Atkin

Creative Director, Havas

I say ‘craft’, you say ‘crarrrft’, so you’re saying it wrong but hopefully we’re all trying to do it right. We all say idea the same, but hopefully they aren’t. So different ideas, with the same drive for excellence in how we execute them? Sounds alright to me.

Lynsey is a Creative Director at Havas London, in charge of the UK’s #1 condom – Durex, the UK’s #1 lager – Carling, and Europe’s largest airport – Heathrow. In short, a decent night out with a comprehensive getaway plan.

2018 also saw her create work for Rolls Royce Phantom and the ‘Teaching’ brand relaunch for the Department for Education.

Lynsey is from the North East of England and studied at Camberwell College of Art in London.

After graduating she worked as a print and editorial designer for Neville Brody before co-founding the printing and publishing company, Ditto. Specialising in counter-culture, the company released acclaimed titles such as Pigs Disco, Ninja Turtle Sex Museum and How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits, which was awarded the prestigious English PEN/Ackerley award in 2012.

Whilst still running Ditto, Lynsey curve-balled into advertising as a creative strategist at BBH London – working across high-profile entertainment brands such as ITV, MySpace and Virgin Media. The reason for every cancelled-weekend-plan circa 2011–2013 was The Guardian, whose brand campaign The Three Little Pigs was the UK’s most awarded film in 2012.

Lynsey joined Havas in 2016 after a successful stint as Head of Creative Development in Conde Nast Publications’ video team, launching video channels for British Vogue, British GQ and WIRED UK. Lynsey oversaw the creation of ongoing formats, long-form documentaries and factual series – both editorially and for brands such as Burberry, Gucci and Intel – that were awarded Webbys, Lovies and Shots Awards.