Citypress has strengthened its consultancy team with the appointment of Tom Kirkham as senior account director. He joins from London agency Blue Rubicon, where he spent more than three years advising clients including Shell, Aviva, Experian and Royal Mail as a senior consultant. Before that he spent six years at B2B technology PR firm Johnson King.
Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub has teamed up with Creative England to create their first joint hub with Creative England - with one manager to head it up. As the new digital creative media sector development manager, Sam Winder will be developing a range of business support services.
James Mitchinson has been named as the new editor of Sheffield’s daily, The Star. The appointment has also triggered a wider shake-up among JP editors with his old job in Chesterfield going to Graeme Huston, currently editor of theDoncaster Free Press, South Yorkshire Times and associated titles.
Erin Portsmouth, one of the best-known figures on the North West PR scene, has landed a new senior communications role within the NHS. CIPR NW chair Portsmouth has been named as the new head of communications and engagement at NHS Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Greater Preston CCG.
Manchester Evening News business reporter James Ferguson has been hired by Citypress. Ferguson, who has been working as part of the paper's general news team since it restructured earlier this year, joins the Manchester-based agency as a content specialist.
Prolific North has made a new signing - former Guardian and MEN journalist Sarah Hartley joins the team next week.
Alongside her role as MD for boutique digital training and consultancy company Talk About Local, Hartley will be writing about the digital and creative industries in the North of England for this website.