While certain adfolk have had a bumpy start to 1997, some might say
that Jay Pond-Jones’s star is in the ascendancy.
Still flushed from his crowning as executive creative director of GGT
and glowing from a Telegraph magazine write-up (in which he was
nominated as a chic, happening Londoner), he is now mounting a campaign
against Tim Mellors to become the next D&AD president.
Pond-Jones has chosen to send a simple US presidential election-style
mailer to certain key D&AD members bearing the slogan ’Vote Pond-Jones’
and featuring him kissing a baby.
’It’s obviously a joke,’ he points out helpfully. ’I’ve also issued a
full manifesto which tackles some issues that I feel it’s important for
D&AD to address, but at the same time I don’t mind having a bit of a
laugh if it can win me some votes.’
There are rumours, too, that he and his ’team’ will be conducting exit
polls outside the Groucho Club in the run-up to the voting deadline on
29 January, while he has also been busily attempting to hush up the
details surrounding his mystery appearance in Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s
society column in this week’s Sunday Times.
Gossip suggesting that Pond-Jones has also been seen loitering around a
certain office in Golden Square to brief the resident political experts
on how to ’do a demon eyes’ on Mellors has been denied.