Dave Cornmell / Jane Briers

Copywriter / Art director London, UK

We teamed up at Watford College in 1995.

After placements at the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi, GGT and RKCR we were hired at Leagas Shafron Davis, where we spent an eventful 12 months until the agency sadly fell into liquidation.

The disappointment of going back on placement didn’t last long, however, as we were hired at WCRS within a matter of days.

The next 16 years or so were spent working on a wide range of briefs for all manner of clients; creating slutty chocolate bars, talking bin-bags with eating disorders, and a double-turkey-fisting-housewife.

We helped to nurture Churchill into the most liked brand in its sector, re-invigorated B&Q, caused an upsurge in recycling by urging Londoners to starve their bins, and produced memorable work for brands such as 118 118, Sky Movies, Sky Bet, MINI, and Radox.

We also worked through the ranks to become creative directors on Churchill, B&Q and Boots No 7.

We joined McGarry Bowen in April 2015 as Creative Directors on Tassimo, Mizkan (Branston, Sarsons, Haywoods), Mondelez (Toblerone, Sour Patch Kids) and Fujitsu.

We've made work for Honda, Fujitsu, NABS, Western Union, American Express, and United Airlines, as well as winning the global business for Generali Insurance.

In July 2020 we started working freelance. On our first gig at Wunderman Thompson we helped win a pitch. On our third, at Mullen Lowe, we made a national campaign for NHS Test & Trace in under 4 weeks.

So far in 2021 we've produced 3 high-profile national campaigns as part of the Government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with turnaround from brief to airdate averaging around 2 to 3 weeks.

Away from work, Jane is a keen knitter and likes nothing more than squeezing in a cheeky line whenever she can. Her art director’s eye (she actually has two) and interior design skills also mean she’s in demand with friends and acquaintances to breathe life into their boring homes. Recently she has become a qualified celebrant, which means she can marry you (if you buy her dinner first, obviously).

Dave writes and illustrates in his spare time and has had a children’s book about a mentally challenged whale and a not-so-children’s book about a bored, alcoholic Santa published in recent years. He’s also a keen Evertonian.

Our career highlights include having a beer with a brown bear in Serbia, blowing up gnomes in Cape Town and asking Emlyn Hughes to pretend to be a tiny mouse.

We also threw someone out of a tenth story building, but you'll need to speak to us in person to hear that one.

janeybriers@googlemail.com

davecornmell@hotmail.com

Experience

Creative Directors / Copywriter / Art Director

Freelance

Since dipping our feet into the choppy waters of freelance work we’ve helped win a pitch and produced a national campaign in less time than it takes to say ‘national campaign’, working at Wunderman Thompson, Waste, and Mullen Lowe.

Creative Directors

McGarry Bowen

Working as creative directors on such brands as Branston, Sarsons, Toblerone, and Fujitsu, as well as producing work for Honda, Fujitsu, American Express, United Airlines and Generali.

Creatives / Creative Directors

WCRS

Hired after only 7 days we enjoyed a long and successful career rising through the ranks to become creative directors.

Creatives

Leagas Shaffron Davis

Our first job after placement. We helped win the Joe Bloggs Jeans pitch and cut our teeth on briefs for COI, Friends of the Earth, Zanussi and Tomy.

Skills

Copywriting Art Direction