Havas PR’s Manchester office has started the New Year with two senior promotions.

Paul Hadfield has been promoted to creative director for the agency, which works with household names including Asda, DFS and Pets at Home.

After three years at the agency, Paul will be the driving force behind all creative output from conception to completion.

Paul Hadfield is promoted to creative director

Paul Hadfield is promoted to creative director

Claire Quansah (pictured above), who has been at the agency for three and a half years, becomes operations director. In the new role she will be taking the lead on the company’s day-to-day activities and procedures, with a particular focus on talent and development, working with Havas Group’s London Village.

Following a series of recent client wins, the agency has also appointed four new account executives.

Emma Pearson joins the team as senior account executive after spells at Label PR, Avant PR and Branded Lab PR.

Rachel Toner moves from Trevaskis Communications in Liverpool, while other new hires include graduate Helen Butler and Ellie Cunningham-Batt, a former press assistant at Corner Shop PR.

Brian Beech, managing director of Havas PR UK, said: “We have ambitious plans for the coming years so the experience of Paul and Claire is a testament to their hard work in helping us achieve these.

“Our new team additions bring a wealth of hunger and drive that will bolster what is already strong and talented team.”

Havas PR UK is part of the Havas Group, a global network of integrated marketing communications agencies.