Mike Black, managing partner at Leeds agency Brass, is to retire at the end of the month.
Black started his marketing career in 1976 at Garratt Baulcombe in Nottingham as a junior copywriter, moving to Graham Poulter Associates in 1980, before joining Brahm as a senior copywriter in 1983.
He’s spent 32 years at Brass (previously Brahm), of which 15 have been as a board director.
His awards included two D&ADs for copywriting work on campaigns for Porsche and The Yorkshire Dales, and he’s also served on industry bodies including D&AD North, The Advertising Committee of Creative and Cultural Skills and the IPA (Institute of Promotional Advertising).
John Morgan, CEO of Brass, said: “Blackie is a ‘consummate professional’; he is talented, calm and easy to work with. Several of our clients have begged me not to allow him to retire; testament to his unrivalled talent and ‘brand essence’. We all wish Mike a peaceful and happy retirement, the only saving grace for me is, as talented as he is, he’ll never win a round of golf against me!”
Asked for the highlight of his career, Black said: “For me, being personally named on two D&AD awards was obviously great. However, I’m also immensely proud of being involved in building Brahm and Brass’ reputation as one of the best creative agencies in the north.”