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Chris Allen


My professional experience as creative director, art director and designer spans multiple sectors and years in renowned agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, as well as working in, and for, entrepreneurial businesses. Steering creative through just about any and every media channel. I also previously co-founded and co-ran my own creative agency, working on successful projects for brands ranging from start-ups to global big boys like Amex, Pernod Ricard, Danone et al. My particular area of knowledge being in the creation and launch of brands, defining the creative strategy, positioning and ‘big idea’, and helping the brand grow.

Originally, I completed my MA Communication Design at UAL: Central St. Martins, and BA Graphics at Norwich School of Art and in parallel to my professional practice, taught for 10 years as an Associate Lecturer at a range of UK and International colleges before joining BNU.

I always encourage a relaxed, collaborative working environment where students can feel free to explore new ideas and creative problem solving, without fear of failure. I employ an ‘ideas-first’ approach, matched with the highest levels of craft and execution possible.