Michael Bowles started his career in 1964 and after working in two Dublin agencies moved to London. He later returned to Ireland and joined Peter Owens and in 1969 he joined the start-up agency Hunter – which quickly became a Top Ten agency in Ireland. During that time, he lectured in media at the Rathmines College of Commerce, the forerunner of DIT and has contributed to many Irish, UK and International publications.
During his career he served as a member of many of many Industry committees and was a regular speaker at industry events in Ireland. He was also invited to speak at Media Seminars in Athens, Paris and Rome. Last year he was Jury Chairman of Kinsale Sharks Media Awards.
In 1976 he set up The Media Bureau (TMB) – the first independent media agency in Ireland and in doing so, kick-started the unbundling of the full agency model in Ireland. TMB worked with many national and International clients as well as UK/international advertising agencies with no representation in Ireland.He was also employed as a media consultant by Bank of Ireland, Cadbury, Seven Up, General Foods, VHI and other major advertisers.
At the turn of the century he sold TMB to his colleagues and became a spectator of the business and now , in his own words, struggles to be an unsuccessful script and short story writer!