Radio Mercury Awards Final Round Judge

Oriel Davis-Lyons

Chief Creative Officer, Mother NY

Once upon a time, Oriel was a chef. But, after tiring of the long hours and intense pressure he got into advertising. He started his career in New Zealand at Special Group and Colenso BBDO before moving to the US, where he spent time at Droga5 and Spotify before joining the Mother family as Chief Creative Officer of the New York office.

He has won 100+ awards for his work on global brands, nonprofits, social justice initiatives and failed Presidential campaigns. He is the founder of Corpleisure, a work-from-home-wear brand and ONE School, the first free, online portfolio program for aspiring Black creatives. Established in 2020, ONE School has graduated 130+ students to date, who are working in some of the industry's best creative departments.

He lives in New York with his family.