Managing Partner

Ian is a copywriter by trade and Managing Partner of Bonfire. Before launching Bonfire in 2005 with Sean Hynes, Ian held a number of senior creative positions including Creative Director of Y&R (formerly Hunter Red Cell) and Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Ireland, an agency he had previously worked with in London. Before that he worked for almost 10 years as a senior writer with Owens DDB.

Over the years he has worked on many of the country’s leading blue chip accounts including Aer Lingus, Diageo, Bord Failte, Vodafone, O2, Land Rover and The Sunday Tribune. Ian is a past President of the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design and has also represented Ireland on the board of the Art Directors Club of Europe.

His work has won awards both at home and abroad including: The Kinsale Shark Awards, Poster Awards, Independent Radio Awards, The Institute of Creative Advertising & Design (ICAD) Awards, NNI Power of Press Awards, TDI Awards, The Sunday Tribune Ad of the Year Awards, the European EPICA Awards, Grand Prix at the Independent Recruitment Awards and a Gold at the IAPI Advertising Effectiveness Awards.