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Chris Ellis

Creative Director at Cummins&Partners, Melbourne

Chris Ellis


Chris is an accomplished Creative Director from Melbourne, Australia. After happening upon a 22K gold electroplated fountain pen as a child, he subsequently graduated RMIT University as Dux of Copywriting, winning the only internship prize.

He has created original, memorable and influential work for local and global brands, featured in The Huffington Post, The Guardian, AdWeek and Contagious Magazine.

In six years since joining Cummins & Partners from TBWA, Chris has helped grow the agency from 30 to 130 people on the back of over 40 new business wins. As a regular on the pointy end of the creative pitchfork, he has snared John West, Nike, Specsavers and Crown, to name a few. His contribution has been recognised with back-to-back Adnews, Mumbrella and B&T Australian Agency of the Year titles.

Chris' work consistently garners top awards, including the inaugural Clio Grand Prix (Direct) for sports advertising, Cannes Lions, NY Festivals, London International Awards, Young Guns, Effies, Spikes, AWARD and 17 nods at the Sirens, among others. His recent 'Meet Grant' film co-written for the Melbourne Advertising and Design Club received worldwide acclaim. Oh, and Chris took out 'Best Dressed' at the Ringwood Bush Dance in 1984 – all the biggies.

He tutored Australia's preeminent creative course, AWARD School, three years running – most recently boasting the winner and five students in the Top 10. Chris has also lectured students in the RMIT Advertising Masters and Creative Programs. As an MADC committee member, he has been instrumental in the launch of the MADC Stars Creative Showcase.

Beyond advertising, Chris enjoys playing a different type of keyboard in a band. And spending time with his wife Kathryn and two daughters, constantly reminding them that it’s uncool to write in the third person.

And yes, Chris still has that pen.

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