2017 Axis Speaks

Posted 20 December 2016.


Introducing the creative event of the year, before the other creative event of the year.

We’re all going down to ‘the local’ to hear Peter Vegas host a Q&A with some of the top creative minds in the world.

This year’s AXIS theme is ‘Nothing Beats Winning at Your Local’, and these ad industry giants have certainly won their fair share!

Read more on them here and here.

Chuck Rachford, Senior Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Cossette Chicago

When Chuck isn’t solving his client’s problems, he’s thinking about solving client problems. Or thinking about finding new problems to solve. Occasionally, he does a crossword. He’s basically just obsessed with problem solving.

Nancy Hartley, Creative Partner, Rumble Creative & Media, Australia

Nancy formed her own agency, Rumble Creative & Media with her creative partner of 14 years, James Burchill. Rumble was named Independent Agency of the Year at Adfest 2016. Nancy is passionate about creativity that produces exceptional results.

Regan Grafton (Convener), Executive Creative Officer for Ogilvy New Zealand

Regan has been ranked number six in the world (2014 Won Report), number one in NZ (Campaign Brief NZ 2014-15), and has 36 Cannes lions to his name. Regan is also ranked very highly at his local A&E as his passion for DIY has put him on a first name basis there.​

Brigid Alkema, Executive Creative Director for Clemenger BBDO Wellington

Brigid loves leading a team that are passionate about connecting with Kiwis and making stuff that matters and contributes to culture. Pushing the boundaries of what many thought possible for social marketing, her and her team have generated some of the country’s most memorable and effective campaigns including ‘Blazed’, ‘Tinnyvision’, and ‘Ghost Chips’.

Christy Peacock, Executive Creative Director for TBWA Auckland

Working both internationally and locally at an entrepreneurial level has given Christy the unique perspective he has on the industry today. Along the way Christy has been the recipient of all the major award shows globally.

Shane Bradnick, Executive Creative Director for DDB New Zealand

Shane started his career in 1998 in South Africa as an art director at DDB. In 2001 he moved to Australia to join M&C Saatchi Sydney, and then Australian Agency of the Decade, BMF Sydney. In 2013 Shane became the ECD of DDB New Zealand where he now lives with his very patient wife and less patient two sons.

Tony Clewett, Executive Creative Director for FCB Auckland

With over 20 years’ experience in the advertising game, both at home in New Zealand, and the UK, Tony reckons he’s seen massive shifts in the way it’s being played over that time. Mostly for the better. Today, sitting back in the FCB Auckland office as ECD, he’s helping create and guide work that just a few years ago he, along with entire industry, would have laughed out of the office – and straight off to the funny-farm.


When: Thursday 9th March 2017

Time: 5.30pm-8.00pm

Where: Pt. Chevalier RSA, 1136 Great North Rd, Point Chevalier, Auckland 1022


CAANZ Members, freelancers, production companies: $55 + GST

Non-CAANZ Members: $95 + GST

Tickets include canapes and drinks on arrival.