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Southampton Solent University

16 October 2014
14:00 – 18:00

When and where

SM Building
Solent Conference Centre
157-187 Above Bar St
SO14 7NN

14:00 – 18:00
16 October 2014

As always, we had a great time seeing the talented students at Southampton Solent University. The event focused on understanding the wealth of jobs and opportunities within the creative industries. We brought some brilliant speakers who dished out some careers advice and top tips. There was also a live challenge for students to work on alongside the pros which was followed by some networking drinks.

Gellen Watt, Chief Creative Officer, Emerge group

Adman. Strategic Planner. Marketer. Award-winning Creative Director. Managing Director. Copywriter. Art Director. Brand Strategist. Tech nerd. Gellen is the perfect speaker to tell you about the different roles in the creative industries as well as the opportunities available to you. Today, Gellen is a Partner, Chief Creative Officer and MD at Emerge Group.

Gareth & Martin, Creatives, Lucky Generals

Gareth & Martin graduated from Watford Ad School and shot into a young ambitious agency called Lucky Generals. They have been working on some incredible creative work for major brands, none less so than Paddy Power. If you've seen a Paddy Power add going viral or one that's made you laugh out loud, these are the guys behind it.

Ian Patrick, Design Director, AMV BBDO

Design director at AMV BBDO since April, working on digital accounts including Guinness, Tropicana and Mercedes-Benz. Ian oversees a team of designers and developers as well as working closely with the creative directors and the creative technologist. Ian was previously Head of Art at Weapon7 for five years, overseeing the visual side of all the work, working closely with creative teams and leading the design department. He has produced award-winning work both as a designer and design director for clients such as, Mercedes-Benz, Cadbury, Sony, Amex, Smart and Whitechapel Gallery.


  • 2:00pm Introduction
  • 2:15pm Gareth & Martin, Creatives, Lucky Generals
  • 2:30pm Gellen Watt, CCO, Emerge group
  • 2:45pm Ian Patrick, Design Director, AMV BBDO
  • 3:00pm Live brief announced
  • 4:15pm Presentations begin
  • 5:00pm Networking
  • 6:00pm End of event


All of our events involve live workshops where you get to work with industry professionals and in teams to rapidly create concepts, ideas and insights. The Solent challenge was based around the idea of how digital can enhance your favourite brands.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.