Sam Stuchbury

Agency: Motion Sickness

New Zealand

Sam Stuchbury founded Motion Sickness while still at university and, in the dual role of ECD and unofficial Agency Head, he continues to lead this 23-strong multi-award-winning agency from Aotearoa New Zealand, punching far above its weight to challenge some of the world’s most well-known advertising establishments. Sam directly oversees the creative team of 10, and is also responsible for leading business growth, meaning his influence on the agency’s extraordinary achievements is next level.

Entirely self-determined with no prior agency experience, Sam is Campaign Awards AU/NZ 2023 Young Creative Person and Young Business Person of the Year, currently ranked #1 ECD in the world on bestads, and at just 34 years of age, has been appointed one of 5 Executive Judges for Axis 2024. With the mantra “to make stuff that people want to see, for brands that want to be seen’', his innate knowledge of the business and mastery of craft enables him to act as a true industry and team mentor, allowing creativity to come from anywhere and go anywhere, resulting in not only outstanding creative work, but also the creative delivery of campaigns, growing agency revenue by 15%, profitability by 127% and staff numbers by 29%.