Hugh Fitzhardinge

Executive Creative Director   McCann Health Australia

Executive Creative Director
McCann Health Australia

After completing a BA in Fine Arts and English at Sydney University, Hugh travelled the world for four years before returning home and winning an AFA (Australian Federation of Advertising) Scholarship at JWT (1990).

In 1995 he joined CWFS (later acquired by McCann Health) and in 1999 rose to become Creative Director. During this time, instilling in staff that ‘healthcare can compete with the best work anywhere’ and helping the agency win more awards than any other.

In 2004 he became Creative Director of Publicis LifeBrands before becoming a founding partner of Ward6 in 2007 which after ten years boasted an enviable client list, collection of awards and offices in Sydney and Singapore.

In 2018, Hugh made a homecoming of sorts when his partners and he made a strategic acquisition of McCann Health Australia and he assumed the role of Executive Creative Director.

Hugh has won countless awards, including 15 ‘Global’ awards and three ‘Grand Global’ awards at the New York Festivals celebrating the world’s best healthcare advertising. He was also on the jury for the first ever Cannes Lions Health ‘Pharma’ and Chairman of Judges at Clio Healthcare.

Beyond his family and helping to build McCann Health, Hugh also finds time to write about food, travel and golf.