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Chris Ellis

Creative Director at Special Group

Chris Ellis


An accomplished Creative Director, Chris has created original, memorable and influential work for brands including Jeep, Specsavers, Bonds and Movember featured in The Huffington Post, The Guardian, AdWeek and Contagious Magazine.

With experience at CHE Proximity and TBWA with secondments in Singapore and Los Angeles, Chris joined Cummins&Partners. At the pointy end of the creative pitchfork for 8 years, he helped lead the agency to over 40 new business wins, recognised with back-to-back Agency of The Year titles. In 2020, Chris ventured to consult leading agencies including The Monkeys. In mid-2022, Chris joined Special Group as Creative Director.

It was a trip to Rome’s Trevi fountain as a child where Chris developed an affinity for shiny objects. He's since begun collecting them, including the inaugural Clio Grand Prix for sports advertising, D&AD, Cannes Lions, New York Festivals, Effies and Spikes, to name a few. He was the Victorian Head of Australia's preeminent advertising course, AWARD School, and has lectured in the RMIT Advertising Masters and Creative Programs. Chris' greatest achievement: a commemorative pen gifted by his mother.

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