Movings/Shakings: 15 August

Moving up the ranks

Scott Coldham, the current head of account management at Colenso BBDO, has been appointed to the newly created role of general manager at the agency. This move will see Angela Watson step into the role vacated by Coldham. 

Colenso’s managing director Nick Garrett said that these key appointments have been made to ensure that the agency continues to give clients continued access to the best talent available.

“The communications world is evolving and everyone knows that, but it’s important for agencies to continue to grow by servicing clients with an unfair percentage of the best talent,” said Garrett in a release. “Clients have invited agencies, or at least the ones they trust, back into boardroom and they want to talk to smart people who understand their business and know how to apply creative thinking to solve their business problems. These types of people aren’t easy to find so when you do you need to give them room to grow and to do what they are best at. Scott Coldham is one of these individuals and has been extremely successful as our head of account management over the last two years. We have gone from strength to strength with our current clients, won new accounts, and introduced project and business management. However there is a need right now for our senior team to spend more of their time with clients which is why it our pleasure to promote Scott to the newly created position of General Manager. Scott will be more client facing in this new role and have a broader remit across the agency and our clients working alongside me.”

Coldham, who has progressed through the ranks to become a key member of the executive team, said that he was “humbled at the prospect of taking a more active responsibility in the future direction of such a great agency”.

Garrett continued by commending Watson’s efforts at the agency so far and said that he believed she would excel in her new role.    

“It’s very important that the newly formed business and project management teams within account management continue to evolve and have a fantastic leader to follow,” said Garrett. “So it is our pleasure to announce the promotion of Angela Watson to the position of head of account management. Ang has made a dramatic difference to the agency in the short period of time she has been back with us, she leads from the front and is without doubt one of the best and most experienced account people I have ever met.” 

Both appointments are effective immediately.

A duo for arrives

The board of the Magazine Publishers Association (MPA) has confirmed two new appointments to its team. 

Chloe Delamore takes up the role of commercial and administration executive, and will be responsible for the day-to-day running of MPA business, such as this September’s Magazine Awards and other industry initiatives. For the last four years, Delamore has been executive assistant to Bauer chief executive (and current MPA chair) Paul Dykzeul

As mentioned in the previous edition of Movings/Shakings, Julian Andrews also joins the organisation as its commercial director. A former founder and publisher of Jones Publishing and Tangible Media, Andrews was involved with the launch of Urbis, Dish and TopGearNZ among other mastheads.

“I was lucky to a judge for the upcoming magazine awards, which was a provided a great opportunity to catch up on what went on while I was away,” says Andrews. “OHBaby’s 180,000 likes on Facebook, the fact that Barker’s 1972 customer magazine helped the retailer secure TopShop distribution, and Woman’s Day publishing pics of the royal baby almost a week before the rest of the world are all fantastic examples of how—no matter what the platform—magazines are an incredibly engaging and influential media.”

Dykzeul was complimentary of the previous commercial director, Katrina Horton, but also said that he was looking forward to the contribution Andrews would make.

“In her time with the MPA, Katrina Horton did a great job of raising the profile of magazines with agencies,” says Dykzeul. “Julian will now concentrate on doing the same thing with direct advertisers, who spend significantly across an even broader spread of our member’s titles. This focus benefits from his experience launching or relaunching more than 25 customer publications over the last 15 years. We believe we have the best partnership in place to keep magazines top-of-mind for advertisers, retailers, agencies and readers.”

The inaugural leader

Strategic communications agency Ideas Shop has appointed Marjory Embleton as the company’s first chief executive.

Ideas Shop chair Graeme Nahkies says the new appointment follows the adoption of a new structure for the company and underpins its growth aspirations.

“Having celebrated our first decade in business and after several years of strong growth, we needed to evolve our structure to support what is now a much bigger operation and team,” said Nahkies in a release. “We also wanted to establish a structure that supported the founding partners’ desire to see a sustainable company that would live, grow and develop long after they are no longer involved.” 

He said that the move to a new national structure, led by the founding partners and the board, and the appointment of a chief executive, demonstrated that commitment.

“The founding partners have, over time, been stepping back from the running the company on a day-to-day basis,” says Mr Nahkies. “This has allowed them to focus much more of their time on our clients, on identifying new opportunities and on getting engaged with, interpreting and advising on key trends and issues that are important to New Zealand.”

Embleton said that she was not intimidated by the role, because she has already been fulfilling the responsibilities associated with it for some time. 

“The great thing is that as we talked about the new structure, we began moving towards it so this is not a major change but more of a gentle transition that reflects where our thinking has taken us,” she said. “The new structure is the first in a number of new initiatives for Ideas Shop and with another announcement due in the coming weeks.”

PR growth in Hamilton

Two months after Hamilton-based public relations consultancy HMC Communications grew from two to three, the small Waikato agency has taken on a fourth communications professional. 

Amy Meade (pictured right) joined the team last month in a communications manager role, after seven years’ experience working in communications and public relations for the Waikato District Health Board.

Prior to beginning her professional public relations career, Meade worked as a community newspaper journalist in the North King Country at the Waitomo News, and edited the newspaper’s monthly farming magazine.

Meade’s arrival follows the recent appointment of Charlotte FitzPatrick (pictured left) as new senior account manager in June. FitzPatrick has over seven years’ experience working as a communications and public relations practitioner and has most recently been working in the health and education sectors.  

HMC director Heather Claycomb said the introduction of Meade and FitzPatrick means HMC can provide an even further expanded range of communications services to Waikato clients.

“We’ve definitely seen more businesses investing in public relations over the past couple of years as they see the value it brings in building the reputation of their organisation or brand,” said Claycomb in a release. “More than ever before, the way people receive information is incredibly fragmented, so our clients leverage off our existing relationships with the media as well as our expansive business and community networks. Amy and Charlotte will work to help clients build relationships through effective communications.  Our priority is doing everything we can on the communications front to help our clients achieve their business goals.”
HMC Communications has worked with small to medium-sized companies for well over 10 years throughout the Central North Island. Its clients operate in a range of sectors including dairy, aviation, energy and not-for-profits.  

End of a second stint

​Vanessa Clark has moved on from Colmar Brunton after four years to take on a new role. 

She most recently served as the director of marketing and development for a period of about six months, and before that as the innovation and development director for three and a half years. 

Having previously worked at Colmar Brunton between 2002 and 2008 as a national qualitative director, Clark is bringing an end to her second stint at the research company. Her career also includes a two-year role as the regional director of Millward Brown International.

StopPress emailed a representative at Colmar Brunton asking where Clark has moved to, but we are yet to receive a reply.

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