Above & Beyond hires creative entrepreneurs

Above & Beyond has poached a pair of entrepreneurial creatives from CHI & Partners and Sunshine to bolster the agency's creative department.

Above & Beyond: Da Costa, Gordon and Billing
Above & Beyond: Da Costa, Gordon and Billing

Ben Da Costa is joining the agency in August as creative director from CHI, where he is senior digital creative and is credited with working on the Cannes gold Lion-winning "Slide" for Lexus and "Christmas yetis" for Argos.

Before joining CHI in 2014, Da Costa spent just over four years at Jam (now Deep Focus), where he joined as the Engine agency’s first creative, eventually becoming creative lead. In 2014 Da Costa was named in Campaign’s Faces to Watch.

Prior to working in advertising, Da Costa set up a digital management company and an online fanzine, managed digital communications for indie band Razorlight, and worked cable-running on the third series of Big Brother on Channel 4.

Nathalie Gordon has also joined Above & Beyond from Sunshine, where she was senior creative and this year was named as one of Campaign and Creative Equals’ "Top 30 Creative Trailblazers"

Alongside her agency work, Gordon has co-founded the rape awareness campaign #thisdoesntmeanyes, as well as the diversity project The SoWhite project and design scheme Taxi Fabric.

Da Costa and Gordon will report to David Billing, founding partner and executive creative director at Above & Beyond.

The agency said it is "staffing up" its creative department after winning Ornua Foods brands Kerrygold and Pilgrims Choice this year.

Billing said: "Like me, Ben is a stranger in a strange land. The fact that he didn’t start in advertising but out there dealing with real entertainment properties hugely excited me.

He added: "Nat is the living proof that the boundaries between advertising, PR, journalism and activism have blurred irrevocably…. She’s a one woman think tank, journalist, polemicist and mischief maker. Oh, and a creative."