Tara Ford, Chief Creative Officer, The Monkeys
Tara Ford is the Chief Creative Officer of The Monkeys, Board Member of the Advertising Council of Australia and the D&AD Advisory Board.
Tara was named ‘Creative Captain 2022’ in the Women Leading Change Awards by Campaign Asia Pacific. She was named ‘Global Creative Leader of the Year 2021’ by Creativepool.
In 2020 she was named ‘Creative Person of the Year’ (Australia/New Zealand) by Campaign Asia.
She was also on ‘The Global Creative Influencer of the Year’ top 100 list according to Creativepool 2020. In recent years she has also been ranked #1 for Executive Creative Directors in Australia by Best Ads and #6 on B&T’s Women in Media Power list.
And under her creative leadership The Monkeys has taken out the coveted Campaign Brief Agency of the Year title 2021 and Mumbrella Creative Agency of the Year 2022 and AWARD Creative Agency of the Year 2022. In 2023 Spikes Australian Agency of the Year and Spikes Strategy and Effectiveness Agency of the Year. Globally, both D&AD and One Show Agency of the Year, Australia. And for strategy Effies Effective Agency of the Year, Australia.
Tara’s work has been consistently recognised throughout her career, at the highest level of every major international award show across an expansive range of clients and disciplines. Including most recently the coveted Dan Wieden Titanium Grand Prix at Cannes with the ‘The First Digital Nation’ for the Tuvaluan Government.
Ford has judged and chaired at every major global award show.
And with her work as a board member of the Advertising Council of Australia, the AWARD Council and the D&AD Advisory Board, she helps guide the future direction, reputation and values of the industry.