Appointments

George Hinton, the new editor of the Ilkley Gazette and Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer says he’s looking to bring about new developments at the newspapers.
The 34-year-old has been based in Yorkshire for much of his life, taking a reporter job at the Ripon Gazette after a short stint in London.

Vinney Ashurst, the man behind Morrison’s award-winning Let’s Grow campaign, has joined Blue Chip Marketing as its head of shopper marketing.
He will take charge of the Manchester agency’s planning function while embedding a “deeper understanding of the shopper and retailer into every campaign the agency creates.”

Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment continues to add its its influential executive team, with the arrival of Sir Eric Peacock and chairman.

With more than 40 years in the consumer and industrial sectors, Sir Eric sits on the board of companies including Buckley Jewellery, Halo International and Stage Technologies.

Paul Smith, the former head of communications at Creative England, has joined the Manchester Chamber of Commerce in a new role as its head of comms. Stella Bowdell has also joined the management team at the Chamber as head of membership.

Following his promotion in March 2012 to deputy MD, Brother UK, the information, communication and technology manufacturer, has today confirmed the appointment of Phil Jones as its managing director.

Ben Hatton has been named managing director of Trinity Mirror’s Digital Marketing Services network.
He will remain managing director of Rippleffect, but the new role will see him assume responsibility for the growth and development of Trinity’s digital marketing.

Dawn Williams has joined Madhouse from TBWA to oversee a number of its largest accounts, including Toyota.
As account director at the Manchester agency she will oversee its largest clients, including Toyota, Johnston Press and K3.

Manchester-based Brother UK has appointed Julia Harrison as its new senior communications manager
The newly created role is part of the company’s “ambitious growth plans” for 2013 and she’ll report directly to head of marketing, James Lawton-Hill.

Former Real Radio and Radio Aire presenter, Ditchy, has joined Star Radio replacing Tom Davies at Drivetime.
While Star North East have said they’re delighted with the new capture, Ditchy admitted on an honest blog post that he didn’t have much choice in the matter.

The journalist and experienced public sector communications manager Smyth Harper, has taken voluntary severance from Manchester city council and is now based with the comms team at the Police and Crime Commissioner in Manchester.

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