Meet the MD: Adam Hill, Creativehill

Meet the MD: Adam Hill, Creativehill

Adam Hill, MD of Creativehill, was distraught that his childhood dream of becoming James Bond was unachievable. Instead, he became a designer, and found an entirely different dream to fulfil. He explains to BQ just what’s so great about running your own business – tidily, of course.

As MD of the company it's my responsibility to keep the cogs turning, I like to get involved with the clients and be in control of their project from start to finish. If I can understand their passion from the outset it makes it easier as a team to deliver and exceed their expectations. 

What is it the company does?

We are a creative design studio, we work with businesses to strategise and communicate with their target markets and provide creative, digital & print solutions to a range of sectors all over the world. 

Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

I would like to think I was always destined to form my own studio, I started out in television and media and fell into the world of advertising from that. Over a few years I did some of the design circuit before setting up Creativehill as an all encompassing agency.

What do you believe makes a great leader?

In order to keep a functioning studio a great leader needs to be an exceptional manager of not only time, but staff. They also need to handle a magnitude of job roles and responsibilities, a kind of "man behind the curtain" from the Wizard of Oz.

What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

Detaching from my emotions. As a designer you find yourself using a personal skill-set, artistic style and environmental influences in the work that is produced, sometimes this comes with the penalty of a personal attachment. The hardest thing is to step back and remove these ties as, ultimately, it's the customer’s decision. 

How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

There was a time when, day or night, I found myself working. I ended up running myself into the ground. It's nice to get out and socialise, see the world and relax; it lends a fresh perspective to any problem. 

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

James Bond! Turns out you need a solid military career, no attachments and a face like Daniel Craig, It all sounded very difficult. 

I enjoyed making things as a child so if I couldn't save the world, becoming a designer was the next best thing. 

Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about them?

Untidiness! I like to think I have a cutting edge solutions company that prides itself on image and the latest technologies.

That statement goes completely out the window when there are papers lying around on a workspace. We live in a digital world, let's embrace it!

Where do you see the company in five years time?

Doing what we are doing now, a little older and a little wiser but still fundamentally a great design studio. 

Having loads of staff and a big office doesn't interest me; I want Creativehill to be good at what it does but more importantly be known for it, the rest will follow.

What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

You have nothing but time so don't jump the gun, make sure you have a path in your head and stick to it. Some businesses get pulled in and adapt as they grow - have a business plan and if your research and legwork is correct, trust everything will work out.