Atkinson quits SWK to work with Wilmot on freelance basis

Digby Atkinson has given up his full-time role as Summerfield Wilmot Keene’s caretaker creative chief to link up with his former boss, Paul Wilmot.

Digby Atkinson has given up his full-time role as Summerfield

Wilmot Keene’s caretaker creative chief to link up with his former boss,

Paul Wilmot.



Atkinson, who has been running the agency’s creative department since

Wilmot’s exit (Campaign, 18 September) will work alongside him on

freelance projects at the newly launched production company,

Upstart.



The pair will continue working on some SWK accounts and new

business.



Atkinson, who was hired by Wilmot for SWK in November 1996, said:

’Paul’s departure influenced my decision. To be honest, there’s nobody

else I wanted to work with.’



One of the UK ad industry’s most experienced art directors, Atkinson is

best known for his long partnership with Tim Mellors at Saatchi &

Saatchi and Publicis. He also had a five-year spell as a creative

director at Grey.



In a career spanning two decades, he has worked on British Airways and

British Rail, helped launch Racal Vodafone and was closely involved in

the launch campaign for the Independent.



At Upstart, he will work with Wilmot producing ads either for other

agencies or directly for clients.



Wilmot said: ’The two years I spent working with Digby were among the

most productive ever for me.



We get on like a house on fire and we love bouncing ideas off each

other.’



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