Agency of the year

Executive Creative Director John Treacy

We were delighted in the autumn of 2013 when John left the building at Elvis to join Proximity London.

One of London’s most talented, awarded and well-liked Executive Creative Directors this key appointment is a clear statement of our creative ambition.

His nurturing style, inclusive approach, boundless energy and determination make him the ideal choice for our agency culture.


At work

Originally a freelance designer, John honed his creative skills at Grey Direct and Joshua, before moving on to a senior position at AIS. The ten years he then spent at Elvis as ECD are the stuff of legend. His integrated approach and innovative thinking won award after award at Cannes, the DMAs, D&AD and The One Show as well as Agency of the Year on no less than 6 occasions. Campaign has placed him as one of their top ten Creative Directors for five years in a row and he has enjoyed great long term relationships with clients such as Virgin Trains, Sky, Premier Foods and Red Bull.

At play

John’s love of surfing takes him from the beaches of North Cornwall down to the sunshine of Morocco. His other passion is Tottenham Hotspur, although these days you’re just as likely to find him at Selhurst Park where he takes his niece to watch Crystal Palace. He used to play himself and, although he modestly denies this, was something of a star in goal. John also loves writing screen plays in his spare time. “Really bad ones,” he hastens to add.