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ABOUT ME

  

Timeline
 

  • 1961 - First time on a TV ad shoot - with Paddy Hopkirk 

  • 1968 - Met George Best while Dad was making ads for Cookstown Sausages. 

  • 1976 - Summer job in Belfast Progressive Advertising, van driving, vouchers, dogsbody.

  • 1978 - Edited PTQ for QUB Rag. Helped raise around £40k for local charities.

  • 1982- Joined BPA full time, Production and media, and still some van driving.

  • 1985 - Put on my first suit to manage Peugeot React Dealer Advertising in Northern Ireland as part of a UK programme run from Manchester. from Manchester. Drove wround NI to visit the dealers in places like Castelderg and Hamiltonsbawn. 

  • 1988/9 - Account Director in BPA McCann. Wrote creative concepts for Stewarts, Crazy Prices, Winemark and many more. We won 13 pitches out of 15. Overnights were common. I made over 50 TV ads with Jim Megaw for Crazy Prices and Stewarts. We sold lots of beans.

  • 1988 - Attended McCann Erickson Worldwide Leadership Development Programme in Columbia University New York, one of 30 rising stars in the Worldwide Network. Still in touch with several of the participants.

  • 1989 - Membership of D&AD for work on a government campaign, the highest awards in Worldwide advertising

  • 1990 - Left McCann and set up Manley McKane Advertising with Lester Manley. Brought Stewarts and Crazy Prices to the agency. And many others. The beginnings of the digital revolution as Apple Macs dominated design and the internet arrived.

  • 1991 - Chairman of the Publicity Association of Northern Ireland, following in Dad's footsteps again.

  • 1999/2000 Created FireIMC following a management buy-out. Won Ulster Bank and NITB with dynamic strategic advertising pitches. Challenged the Bank by saying "you are not in the mortgage business!" They agreed, we won.. Won NITB by advising them to stop pretending that we weren't NI and use it to surprise people.

  • 2001-2010 - pitched and won Action Renewables, BCC Anti-Litter, Vodafone, Tayto, Lifestyle Sports, Country Kitchen Salads and many more. Won multiple PANI Awards for Tayto, dekko, Denny and more.

  • Chaired N Ireland IPA Group

  • IoD NI Committee member.

  • 2008- 2017 Board Director in NI Screen, while Game of Thrones, Line of Duty, Derry Girls and many more came to NI

  • 2010 - Set up Navatalk Digital. Delivered campaigns for multiple clients including Tennents, Budweiser, Monaghan Mushrooms, EuroAuctions, Ten Square.

  • 2015 Innovated the Social Web to the NI Government. Developed into MyNI, innovating the communication between the government and the citizen. Developed a new approach to marketing, Audience First.

  • 2018 - Part of the MyNI Team that won the Digital Leaders Team of the Year in UK wide Awards.

  • 2019 Set up Tim McKane Communications, delivering strategic planning, innovation, communication in leadership, advertising and marketing advice, workshops and digital planning.

  • 2020 - Started Northern Ireland Business Facebook Group