Leeds-based Umpf has brought in three new members of staff - meaning the PR and social media agency has more than doubled in size in just 12 months.

Alan Myers, the North West bureau chief for Sky Sports News based in Wilmslow, is returning to Everton FC as the club's new head of communications having previously been a press officer for the club in the 90's. He will be the Blues' third head of comms in 18 months.

HGA Creative has expanded its team with the appointment of Gemma McCall as head of business development and Kate Lester as senior designer.

Social housing specialist Frontier Public Relations has made two new appointments. Bobbie Hough joins the Manchester-based agency as a senior account manager from IPB Communications, while Liz Smith moves from Poole PR to become an account manager.

Manchester Airports Group has appointed Tim Hawkins as its new corporate affairs director. Hawkins was previously the director of regulation and planning at Stansted Airport, which was acquired by MAG for £1.5bn earlier this year.

Cube3 has made a series of senior appointments, with a new head of digital, a technical lead and director of communications
Richard Whitehosue has been named head of digital, having moved across from HGA Creative, where he had a similar role.

We Are Indigo has appointed 2 members of staff, after winning accounts from Desire Clothing, Shirtee Bertie and Curtis & Bains.
For women’s fashion retailer, Desire Clothing, it will launch and run a national fashion press office

Richard Maddock, Bauer Media's North West regional programme director and the former station director of Radio City Liverpool, has been named the new commissioning editor of BBC Radio 5 live. Maddock joins the MediaCityUK-based station - recently named UK Station of the Year at the Sony Awards - after 20 years at Bauer.

Former Manchester United marketing director Peter Draper has been hired by retailer Sports Direct to help grow its online news platform Sports Direct News (SDN). Cheshire-based Draper left Old Trafford after seven years in 2006 to set up his own sports marketing agency Loose Lips, having previously been Umbro's European marketing director.

Ewan Douglas will become Channel 4's most senior sales executive outside London after his promotion to the role of agency principal, Manchester.
Earlier this year the broadcaster extended its structure of agency principals to its regional sales force, a decision that led to the departure of long-standing regional sales controller Bob Mullings.


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