Dr Chris Arnold

Creative Partner & Founder, Creative Orchestra Advertising

Biography

‘Chris made us look at things differently. To think differently. To see new possibilities.’ (Moon Hall School, Reigate)

Chris’ focus is on creative thinking talent and a future in the creative industries.

‘By the time you leave college, you may be applying for jobs not yet invented in global companies that don’t exist yet. That is how fast the pace of change is. And many of these jobs will require one talent – the ability to use your mind.’

An innovator, creative thinker, writer, challenger of conventional wisdom, entrepreneur and proudly dyslexic. Chris is a Dr of Business (DBA).

Chris was a Creative Director and board director of Saatchi & Saatchi before setting up the UK’s first ethical creative ad agency.

Founder of Creative Orchestra (brand marketing & advertising) and CONNECT2 (a specialist that helps brands connect with real communities to do good), he also recently co-founded The Dyversity Lab – a global collective of high achieving diverse and neuro-diverse thinkers intent on helping to solve global issues.

Chris has worked in the creative industries for over 25 years for many of the world’s top companies and likes to inspire, challenge conventional wisdom & beliefs, force debate and rewrite the rules. Most of all he’ll make you think differently.

Once nicknamed the ‘Dyslexic Entrepreneur’ he is a champion of seeking the talent within people and the idea that every boardroom should have a dyslexic in it because “they see things differently and solve problems in different ways from neuro-linear people.”

He is currently writing a new book, ‘FLIP – UNTHINK EVERYTHING YOU KNOW’ and also wrote ‘ETHICAL MARKETING & THE NEW CONSUMER’. He has written for a broad spectrum of publications including the Financial Times, Adage and Campaign magazine. Plus appearing on TV, radio and numerous blogs many times as an ethical marketing expert.

He is a former board member of the DMA (largest marketing trade body in Europe) and former chair of the DMA Agencies Council and the Creative Council.

He teaches part-time on the MA Advertising course at Bournemouth University.

Chris is also a founder of London Community Arts CIC, which brings together community through culture and creativity. He is the founder and artistic director of one of the UK’s biggest Community Arts Festival. He also runs The Intimate Space, one of London’s smallest fringe venues based in a 500 year old church tower in Hornsey Village.

He has been a school Governor and a Parish Church Councillor. He has 3 kids, the youngest is 6 years old, and lives in Crouch End, N London.

His hobbies include rock climbing and playing guitar in an experimental music group.