AXIS 2024 | Executive Judges Announced

The executive judges for the 2024 AXIS Awards have been confirmed 

Check out our incredible line up of executive judges.


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International Judge: Chad Mackenzie | Chief Creative Officer, whiteGREY

From the agency courier at Colenso BBDO, Auckland to the Chief Creative Officer of whiteGREY, Australia, Chad has spent the last 20 years working in some of Australasia’s most creative agencies. His passion for innovative brand behaviour work and ideas that blur the lines of creativity & technology, have helped whiteGREY to be recognised across almost every international creative festival, exhibited in the London Design Museum, collect a Grand Prix for Effective Innovation at WARC, an Honouree from Fast Company World Changing Ideas, and taking home the title of ANZ’s Most Innovative Media and Marketing company and Most Innovative Small Company at the 2023 AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies Awards.



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Brett Colliver | Chief Creative Officer, dentsu

Across his 16 years in New Zealand, Brett has worked at DDB, Colenso, another stint at DDB, and now resides at Dentsu Creative where he and his partner, Mike Felix, are Chief Creative Officers.

Over the years he's collected AXIS trophies from the 'Sparkly Pointy Pyramid' era, the 'What the Hell is This Melted Face Thing With a Candle In It?' era and the 'Where Did the Candle Go Out of My Melted Face Thing' era.

In 2024, he's happy to be chairing one of the first juries of the 'Wobbly Spiky Someone is Going to Lose an Eye' era.


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Damon Duncan | Director, Fathom

Damon is a founding partner and VFX Supervisor at Auckland based VFX studio Fathom. He has worked locally and internationally as a 3D artist, visual effects supervisor and live action director, bringing together years of on-set VFX supervision and a passion for talent direction into a potent mix of creative expression and technical nous.

Damon is also adept at leading 3D teams in the creation of visual effects and animation across a broad range of styles and treatments, whether complex, interactive online executions or visual effects for feature films and commercials.

Damon has created internationally award winning work for clients such as Verizon, BBC, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, Heinz, PepsiCo, PWC, Sony, Rabobank, ASB, NZI, Fonterra, Tui, Skittles, ANZ and Tourism NZ.


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Haylie Craig | Creative Director, Colenso BBDO

Firstly, I have a babyface. Everyone says it’s a good thing. Until you get ID checked or they assume you are a bébé creative.
Anyway…I’m not just another creative. I’ve never fitted in a neat box. Why be the same? That’s boring. Even as a Creative Director I’m not your traditional type in any shape or form.
I bring a unique perspective on how creativity can help solve complex societal issues and business problems. I work best where innovative and technology meet human focussed creative solutions.
I enjoy understanding how things work whether that be tangible, intangible, new tech, old tech, no tech, human behaviour and just everything really. I question things. And I don’t accept things as they are just because it's the way that’s always been done. Why? Why this way? Can it change? Is this the best way? Who said so? Who is being left out or forgotten?
I’m currently a Creative Director at Colenso BBDO, previously a Creative at Google, We Are Social and various other creative places and spaces.
I’ve won an array of awards from Cannes Lions, D&AD pencils, Caples, Spikes, Clios, The One Show, Best awards etc.


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Kim Pick | Group Executive Creative Director, VML New Zealand

Kim is a multi-award-winning creative director with extensive global experience, working on some of the world’s biggest brands via leading agencies in Australia, Singapore, London, New York and New Zealand. She leads creative across VML’s Auckland and Wellington offices, supporting commercial and government clients on change-making work.


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Sam Stuchbury | Executive Creative Director, Motion Sickness

Sam is the founder and executive Creative Director of advertising agency Motion Sickness. The advertising agency won three agency of the year titles for 2023 and are ranked #1 in NZ on Campaign Brief - and are fast making a global name for themselves for their disruptive approach.


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Veronica Copestake | Creative Director, DDB Aotearoa

With a career spanning 5 countries, Veronica Copestake has worked on a truly diverse range of clients in many of the world’s leading agencies. In offices for BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi and DDB, Veronica worked in both English and French markets producing campaigns that went on to be recognised at most international award shows including Cannes, D&AD and Spikes.
Now back home in New Zealand as a Creative Director for DDB Aotearoa, she is championing the cause of women in creative industries, while creating campaigns for some of New Zealand’s most loved brands. Veronica, has a passion for writing and has recently published a kids book.