Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters has poached 26-year-old Tim Brown, a
copywriter at DMB&B, to partner Simon Riley, who has been working on his
own since Gareth Pitman left to join Leo Burnett.
Brown has been at DMB&B for three years, having joined from
McCann-Erickson in 1994. His best-known work at DMB&B includes the Twix
’break from the norm’ campaign and the British Medical Association’s
anti-boxing cinema commercial showing two brains bouncing against each
other like conkers.
Brown initiated the boxing idea and approached the BMA with it. The
commercial went on to win three bronze awards at this month’s Creative
In 1994, Brown also won a Gold Montreux film award for an ad for
Brown has been without a partner since he returned from working at DMB&B
in Los Angeles without his art director, Matt Chapman.
Brown commented: ’I want to be part of a smaller agency because I feel
it’s easy to get lost in big agencies. The fact that Matt stayed in the
States and I never really had a partner when I came back is partly why
Dave Waters, the joint creative director at Duckworth Finn, said: ’We’ve
hired Brown because he’s got an excellent book and all the attributes of
a great young art director. I loved the WD-40 work and the BMA
Brown and Chapman teamed up after completing the advertising course at
Hounslow Borough College. They completed placements at several agencies
before joining Emerson Pond-Jones and then moving on to McCanns.