2024 Creative LIAisons Coaches

Gavin Chimes

Executive Creative Director
, Australia

Gavin Chimes an Executive Creative Director at Howatson+Company.
He cares about making purposeful, brand-building work that pushes the boundaries of craft and culture.
He’s been named Australian Creative of The Year, ranked #6 ECD in the world and has been a juror at multiple award shows including London International Awards, Immortals, Andys and AWARD. 
In 2021, he joined CEO Chris Howatson to help start a new agency where people and creativity came first. In 3 years, their team has grown to over 130 incredible staff, with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Recently, they were named Independent Agency of the Year at LIA, D&AD, Cannes (Good), Spikes and more. 
Prior to this, Gavin worked at CHE Proximity, where he was Creative Director across NRMA Insurance and Samsung, helping the agency win APAC Agency of the Year and NRMA Client of the Year. 
Before that, he worked at some of the world’s best agencies including Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, Droga5, Marcel and M&C Saatchi.
Outside of advertising, he’s authored a children’s book, Skat the Mutt, published by Scholastic and launched the luxury dog care brand, DOG by Dr Lisa.