Top Influencers: 23 UK Chief Creative Officer’s To Follow in 2022

3 years ago

Chief Creative Officer play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Chief Creative Officer role. We have selected these Chief Creative Officer’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Chief Creative Officer’s. The list is in no particular order!

Jamie Jackson

Chief Creative Officer @ Mythical Games

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Sofia Fenichell

Chief Creative Officer & Founder @ Mrs Wordsmith

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Sofia is the Founder and CEO of Mrs Wordsmith. Mrs Wordsmith is on a mission to illustrate the English language with the award-winning artists behind Madagascar and Hotel Transylvania – so children fall in love with learning words. We are the first company to illustrate the English language to re-imagine the dictionary for digital natives and the visual world we live in. Prior to Mrs Wordsmith, Sofia was the CEO and Founder of Rockpack, which created two of the most downloaded video curation apps, regularly featured by Apple. She has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in History from Northwestern University. She is also an agented writer on a novel in the works, called Silicon Sally. Learn more about Sofia Fenichell on Crunchbase…

Mrs Wordsmith is on a mission to illustrate the English language, so kids fall in love with words and with learning. Read more aboutMrs Wordsmith on Crunchbase…

Ed Wardle

Chief Creative Officer @ OTHERWORLD

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Ed Wardle is the Chief Creative Officer at The Dream Corporation. Learn more about Ed Wardle on Crunchbase…

The brick-and-mortar metaverse. An island paradise in the cloud reached through a growing network of multi-sensory immersion pods. Read more aboutOTHERWORLD on Crunchbase…

Lisa Simpson

Founder & Chief Creative Officer @ Easol

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Lisa Simpson is the Founder & Chief Creative Officer at Easol Learn more about Lisa Simpson on Crunchbase…

The all-in-one platform to manage your entire experience business, on your terms. Read more aboutEasol on Crunchbase…

Jason Basmajian

Chief Creative Officer @ GIEVES & HAWKES

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Jason Basmajian is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and studied Communications at Boston University. Basmajian joined Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes as creative director in February 2013 from Brioni, where he held the post of artistic director for over six years. Jason’s career has taken him from the design studio to the boardroom at Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Paris luxury brand S.T. Dupont. Learn more about Jason Basmajian on Crunchbase…

GIEVES & HAWKES are a bespoke gentleman’s tailor located at 1 Savile Row, London. Read more aboutGIEVES & HAWKES on Crunchbase…

Jon Burkhart

Founder & Chief Creative Officer @ TBC London

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Jon is the co-author of Newsjacking: The Urgent Genius of Real-time Advertising. He’s also founder of content marketing consultancy TBC Global where he finds truly unique ways for brands to earn and keep their fans’ attention. In 2010, he co-founded Urgent Genius, the world’s first blog dedicated to reactive creativity. A seasoned keynote speaker, Jon’s spoken at South By Southwest (SXSW) 7 years in a row and now serves on the programming committee. A crazy sports fan, he brings is content strategy/ fun/ games to the SEAT (Sports and Entertainment Alliance in Technology) conference as well. Previously, Jon was social content director at Iris Worldwide. Learn more about Jon Burkhart on Crunchbase…

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Toke Nygaard

Chief Creative Officer @ Zendesk

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As the head of Zendesk’s internal Creative Department Toke Nygaard is in charge of developing the Zendesk brand and product UX/UI. A veteran designer with 19 years of experience with digital product and brand solutions, Toke has blessed the world with his soft jazz hands, solving tricky, complicated design problems in Copenhagen, London, New York and San Francisco. Prior to Zendesk, he was the co-founder and Creative Director for 10 years at Cuban Council, the boutique agency responsible for the Facebook identity and a variety of work for clients such as Tyra Banks, Quora, NASA, Apple, Top Gear, Lifetime Channel, BBC and Francis Coppola. In 1997 Toke co-founded one of the largest pioneering design communities, KALIBER10000 (K10k), one of the first real dynamic hubs for digital creatives world wide. Toke has lectured at Stanford, Hyper Island and California College of the Arts, and judged several competitions, among others D&AD The One Show and IxDA Interaction Awards. Learn more about Toke Nygaard on Crunchbase…

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Steve Spencer

Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer @ Blippar

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Blippar is a technology company specializing in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Read more aboutBlippar on Crunchbase…

Miki Chojnacka

Chief Creative Officer @ Sandbox Kids

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Luke Scheybeler

Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer @ Tracksmith

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Luke Scheybeler is the Founder at Scheybeler Learn more about Luke Scheybeler on Crunchbase…

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Mary Portas

Chief Creative Officer & Founder @ Portas Agency

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Mary Portas is one of the UK’s most high profile businesswomen. After making her name as Creative Director of Harvey Nichols, transforming the retailer into one of London’s sexiest fashion destinations, Mary launched her own retail consultancy working for clients ranging from Louis Vuitton to Mercedes. This started a career in TV hosting, with Mary hosting popular shows including ‘Mary Portas Queen of Shops’ and ‘What Britain Buys’. She went on to advise the Government on the future of Britain’s high streets, developed her own fashion label and has written best-selling books. Her proudest achievement to date is the creation of 26 Living and Giving shops for ‘Save the Children’. Today Mary’s agency Portas, advises retail clients from every continent and the business success is built on an obsessive understanding of human and cultural behaviour. Mary is also passionate about the importance of mental wellbeing in business. This kind of empathy, along with intuition, creativity, and collaboration are what drive her work – as well as her quest to make work and how they consume and commune better for us all by tapping into feminine values. Learn more about Mary Portas on Crunchbase…

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Raphaëlle Mura

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer @ Change of Paradigm

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Simon Anderson

Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder @ Market Halls

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Simon Anderson is the Chief Creative Officer at Market Halls. Learn more about Simon Anderson on Crunchbase…

Market Halls are elevating street food, bringing you restaurant quality food with food hall prices and convenience. Read more aboutMarket Halls on Crunchbase…

Florian Schmitt

Chief Creative Officer @ Syzygy Group

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Florian is the Creative Director of Hi-ReS!, a creative agency he founded in 1999 with his partner Alexandra Jugovic, also its Creative Director. With their original work rooted in fine art, product design, film and music, they eventually decided to combine all these separate disciplines in one medium and started to experiment with Adobe’s Flash technology. Their first self-initiated project,, garnered worldwide attention, and led to commercial work, most importantly the website for the film Requiem for a Dream by director Darren Aronofsky who they collaborate with to date. Hi-ReS! has since achieved the highest accolades for digital media including D&AD Silver, Cannes Cyberlions, Clios, One Shows, BAFTA and Webby awards. Over 10 years, they have established strong relationships with brands such as Dolce&Gabbana, Jagermeister, Chanel, Hogan and Theory among others, while continuously challenging ourselves by trying our hands on books, magazines, live action, sculpture or events. In 2008, we became part of the Syzygy Group. Hi-ReS! now consists of 11- studios in London, New York, Hamburg and Berlin. Florian also runs Nanika with Andreas Maier, focusing on emerging technologies and interactive installation work beyond traditional input and output for clients such as Hyundia, Nokia and Sony. Learn more about Florian Schmitt on Crunchbase…

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Francesca Rosella

Chief Creative Officer @ CuteCircuit

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All CuteCircuit garments are designed by Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz. Francesca’s early career began as designer for Valentino in Italy. CuteCircuit’s Designers share their passion for fashion worldwide by participating in conferences and events where they speak on subjects of innovation, the future of fashion and design. Always endeavouring to create something resonant, fashionable, visually and emotionally attractive; their work is frequently featured in numerous books and publications on design, fashion and innovation. Learn more about Francesca Rosella on Crunchbase…

A pioneer in the field of wearable technology, design and manufacture of 3D audio products, sensor enhanced apparel, illumination, haptics. Read more aboutCuteCircuit on Crunchbase…

Andrew Michael Payne

Global Chief Creative Officer @ Interbrand

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Dan Gray

Chief Creative Officer @ ustwo

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Ustwo is a digital design studio that delivers interaction and user interface design services. Read more aboutustwo on Crunchbase…

Jo Jackson

Chief Creative Officer @ MADE

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Jo Jackson is the CCO at MADE.COM. Learn more about Jo Jackson on Crunchbase… is an online e-commerce platform directly providing designer furniture without third party involvement. Read more aboutMADE on Crunchbase…

Andrew Spurgeon

Chief Creative Officer, Europe @ Publicis Health

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Jonathan Ford

Founding Partner, Chief Creative Officer @ Pearlfisher

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Never one to simply accept the status quo, Jonathan continually provokes and questions the world, inspiring Pearlfisher to create design that makes the future better. An award-winning designer and advocate of the power of creativity to inspire change, Jonathan has been responsible for creating some of the world’s most loved Challenger and Iconic brands, and for leading a successful series of #challengersandicons interviews with the people behind the brands of the future who understand the need to harness creativity and bold ideas to create success. Jonathan champions the art of brand design through all aspects of his career, including in his role as Trustee of the Haller Foundation. A continuous advocate of the power of a good idea, Jonathan speaks regularly on the brand, design and innovation conference circuit, on such prestigious platforms as PSFK and the World Future Trends Summit. Learn more about Jonathan Ford on Crunchbase…

Pearlfisher is an independent design business with a single philosophy, 2 studios and 3 Partners. Read more aboutPearlfisher on Crunchbase…

Vincent Rainey

Founder & Chief Creative Officer @ QuizFortune

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Vincent Rainey is the founder and chief creative officer at QuizFortune. Learn more about Vincent Rainey on Crunchbase…

QuizFortune is an experiential real-time trivia platform that monetises your mobile [fan] engagement, by adding new revenue streams. Read more aboutQuizFortune on Crunchbase…

Malcolm Poynton

Global Chief Creative Officer @ Cheil Worldwide

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Malcolm joined Cheil Worldwide at the beginning of 2015 as the Network’s first Global Chief Creative Officer. Having led teams responsible for award-winning firsts as diverse as Unilever’s smile activated ice cream vending machine, Foot Locker’s Sneakerpedia and Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty, Malcolm is a recognised industry influencer and speaker. A former Cannes, LIA and Clio awards Jury President, Malcolm has been named as one of AdAge magazine’s “World’s Top 10 Digital minds”, named by TechCity Insider as one of the UK’s leading Digital innovators and was recently announced as 2016 Cannes Jury President for Mobile. His international industry accolades number more than 200, including Cannes Lions for Film, Print, Media, Outdoor, Cyber and Mobile. Prior to joining Cheil, Malcolm was a member of Sapient’s global leadership team serving as SapientNitro’s first European Chief Creative Officer. M&C Saatchi, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy and SapientNitro have all won Agency of the Year titles under his creative leadership. Learn more about Malcolm Poynton on Crunchbase…

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Stefan Russell

Chief Creative Officer @ be the brand

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be the brand is a marketing solution that streamlines the storage, creation, approval and delivery of marketing campaigns and key assets. Read more aboutbe the brand on Crunchbase…

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