YDA JURY 2019: Tara Ford

Tara Ford
Executive Creative Director
Sydney, Australia

Tara Ford is the Executive Creative Director at DDB, Sydney and Board Member of the Communications Council Australia.

She has worked at some of the most creative agencies around the world. Her experience ranges from cars, banks and politics to fashion, alcohol and gaming, and everything in between. Brands include PlayStation, Nike, McDonalds, Virgin, Absolut, ANZ Bank and VW to name a few.

Her work has been consistently recognised throughout her career, at every major international award show, on a range of clients and disciplines. This includes her GAYTM campaign for ANZ Bank which won a Cannes Grand Prix (amongst others) and was also named the ‘Best Direct campaign in the World for 2014’ by the Big Won and #1 ‘Best of Print/Outdoor/Design for 2014’ by Creativity-online.com

Tara has also judged and chaired many award shows including Cannes, D&AD, Clios, Spikes, APAC Effies, New York Festivals, AWARD Award (Aus), AXIS (NZ), Adfest (Asia), AADC (Aus), Women in Media Awards (Aus), AdNews (Aus) and the Creative Circle (UK).

She has been an active mentor to young creative talent through the Cannes 'See It Be It' and young Lions Program, RMIT student program, Miami Ad School and AWARD School.
And she was a panelist at the inaugural 3% Conference Australasia.

In between this, Tara her raises her four boys.