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Above+Beyond

Core disciplines: Advertising/Creative, Brand strategy, Creative production

Key people

David Billing
David Billing
Partner, Executive Creative Director

Dave turned down a doctorate at Cambridge and a life as a concert cellist to hitch a ride on the dotcom train, ending up in senior PR and marketing roles for tech brands. Finally plucking up the courage to scratch the musical itch, he ditched the day job and made the leap into music production and songwriting in 2003. He signed to Universal Music Publishing the same year and over the next decade wrote, produced and remixed artists as diverse as Kylie, Bat For Lashes, Jamelia, The Verve, Lily Allen and Chamonix, bagging a top ten hit, starting a breaking Radio 1 act and appearing as Band Of The Day in The Guardian as well as amassing numerous writing credits.

In 2006 he began working with entertainment marketers Creative Partnership as a musical collaborator and creative, writing TV scripts, rescoring trailers and generally making a nuisance of himself. Until they made him head of Creative. Whilst he was there, he came up with some good ideas for LOVEFiLM and Betway. Which came in handy, as it turned out.

Zaid Al-Zaidy
Zaid Al-Zaidy
Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Zaid is an award-winning brand and communications expert with nearly 20 years experience across some of the world’s most iconic brands, both client and agency side. 

At Unilever, Zaid propped up a generation’s pulling power with the promise of the Lynx Effect. Over in adland, the scent of success followed him across senior strategic roles at Mother and TBWA, as MD of digital agency Saint and most recently as CEO of McCann London, where he led the agency’s transformation agenda. 

He is an elected member of the Council at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, a member of the Effie’s UK Steering Committee and was named by City A.M. as one of the UK’s Top 30 most influential people in media, advertising and communications. He’s even been Alan Sugar’s advertising advisor on The Apprentice. But don’t hold that against him.

Tom  Bedwell
Tom Bedwell
Managing Director

Torn between a life in law or rock and roll, Tom found something that combined both and got a job in advertising.

His career started at BBH in New Business and Account Management. Roles at Agency Republic, Wieden+Kennedy, Mother and AMVBBDO followed for the likes of PlayStation, Levi’s, EA Games and Guinness.

He joined Above+Beyond in July 2016 from McCann London where he was Head of Account Management and Managing Partner for MasterCard.


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