1993-2000 Creative and Creative Director and Partner at HHCL and Partners.
2000-2003 Founder and Partner, Arkwright Advertising Limited.
2003-2005 Creative Director HHCL United.
2005-2011 Deputy ECD Leo Burnett London.
2011-2016 Deputy ECD and Partner CHI And Partners.
2017- Deputy ECD at RKCR/Y&R
After attaining his post-graduate degree in Marketing in 1989, Jim Bolton worked in Building Maintenance at many post-production houses in London.
Switching to the more glamorous side of advertising in 1991, Jim started his career as a freelance creative, working at Grey, Saatchi and Saatchi, McCanns and BMP.
Jim joined HHCL in 1993, creating some of the agency’s most iconic work for Blackcurrant Tango, the AA, Mercury, Lego, BHS, Mazda and Birdseye. He was also part of the team responsible the launch of Go Airlines.
Jim has won every national and international advertising award, including D&AD Silvers, BTAA Gold and Grand Prix, Creative Circle Gold and Platinum, and Cannes Silvers and Golds.
In 2000, Jim left HHCL to form Arkwright International, where he worked on Channel 4, Unilever Innovations, Ikea and Domino’s Pizza.
Jim returned to HHCL in 2003 to partner Jonathan Burley. As Creative Director at HHCL United, Jim was responsible for Sky, Sky Sports, HMRC, Kiss and Georgia Pacific.
Then to Leo Burnett with Jon Burley in 2005. As well as helping out as Jons deputy, Jim is responsible for all work on McDonald's. The brand has seen quite a turn-a-round of late, with the Favourites work winning many a Pick of the Week/Month/Year accolades. The Piccadilly poster site winning at Cannes and The Big Awards for most innovative use of outdoor media. All of this hopefully went some way to help Jill McDonald become Marketeer of the Year, and for sales to reach an all time high.
In 2010, Jim becomes Caretaker ECD of Burnetts, as Jon makes a move to CHI & Partners as ECD. During this time, Jim oversaw work for Kellogg's, Blackberry, McDonalds, Littlewoods, Homebase and Shelter.
But not for long...don’t worry, in 2011 Jim re-unites with Jon at CHI & Partners as Deputy ECD and Partner. Where he works across many of CHI’s accounts, including Burger King, The Times, The Sun, Anchor, Samsung, Lexus, British Gas, Argos and many others.
The very latest chapter starts in January 2017, where Jim joins forces with Jon Burley yet again, this time as Deputy ECD at RKCR/Y&R…