Luke Thompson and Toby Moore
Creative Director duo Toby Moore and Luke Thompson have joined independent creative company Special Group Australia.
Moore and Thompson are the first creative hires for the recently launched Melbourne office. Since the launch of Special Group’s Melbourne office, the creative company has secured the account for Bonds, made a raft of new hires, been crowned B&T Agency of the Year as well as taking home Independent Agency of the Year at the B&T, AdNews and Mumbrella Awards.
“When we opened our office in Melbourne, we knew our founding creative hires had to not just be incredibly high caliber creative talent, but intuitive creative leaders,” said Julian Schreiber, Partner & CCO, Special Group Australia. “Toby and Luke are not only excellent humans, but their enviable body of work and experience shows they more than meet the brief. We’re beyond excited to have them come on board.”
Throughout their careers, both Moore and Thompson have worked with leading brands and agencies across the globe. Moore has created work for brands including Nike, Coca-Cola, Corona, and Samsung at Publicis Mojo, Fallon London, Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam and London, and most recently Clemenger BBDO Melbourne.
“To be joining Australasia’s leading independent creative company at a time when they’re opening their doors in Melbourne, while also putting Australian creativity on the international stage, is truly exciting,” said Toby Moore. “We’re looking forward to building a world-class creative team here in Melbourne.”
Creative director, Thompson, has delivered the creative product for brands Carlton Draught, NAB, Tourism Victoria, TAC, and Volvo and held positions at Taxi and Cliff Freeman and Partners in New York and until recently, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne.
“It is not often that you get the opportunity to join an Australasian independent that’s opened two offices on opposite sides of the world, during a global pandemic,” said Luke Thompson said of his appointment. “Not only does Special Group make great creative work, but its culture of open, kind, and brave is incredibly appealing to me. I’m really looking forward to working with Tom and Jules again and can’t wait to build the Melbourne side of the business with Bec, Paige, and the Special Group team.”
“Establishing our Melbourne offering over the past few months has been so exciting,” added Bec Stambanis, Founding Partner – Melbourne. “The growth and achievements of both the business and team have already been incredible to watch. Toby and Luke will no doubt add invaluable experience and craft to both Special Group and our clients.”
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