Origin Creative’s Mark Bottomley has joined The Foundry as MD and creative director as the Manchester agency begins “a new chapter”.

Bottomley has been MD at Manchester agency Origin since 2007, having previously been creative director.

The appointment sees joint founder Kevin Murphy take semi-retirement.

Mark Bottomley

Mark Bottomley

Murphy said: “I’m sure we have found the right person in Mark. In the last three years, the management team and I have transformed the agency’s offering, adding world-class digital expertise to our skill-set, enhancing our ability to sell product and build brands for our clients in every channel.”

Ian McKay, digital director and joint founder, added: The Foundry is now about to write a new chapter in its growth story, led by someone that we all know has huge talent and unstoppable tenacity.”

Bottomley has experience in sectors including retail, automotive, healthcare and sport, and recently played a key role in getting Origin on to the BBC Creative Services roster.

He said: “I have admired The Foundry’s work and style for many years and am very excited to be joining the team, helping to take Ian and Kevin’s vision forward and building an even better, stronger agency.”

The Foundry works with clients including PGL and Vets Online.