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Four senior hires for Manchester’s Refinery


Manchester agency Refinery has strengthened its offering with four senior appointments across its planning, client services, creative and social media teams.

Sharlene Hanley joins as Head of Strategy after four years at Social Chain, where she was Planning Director and more recently Creative Development Director. Hanley has also worked in strategy, insight and planning roles at ITV and agencies Wavemaker, Rocket, McCann and Carat.

Esther Davies joins us as Account Director from Wunderman Thompson in London, where she led on award-winning campaigns for BT and EE Customer Marketing. Davies has also worked for Bigdog Agency and McCann Enterprise.

In the creative department, Ruth Woodhead joins as Senior Art Director and Designer from Cheetham Bell where she worked on the likes of La Redoute, BBC, Magnet Kitchens and Soreen.

And Amy Bingham joins as Social Media Account Director having previously been the social lead at Ryman and N Brown.

Nick Bradshaw, CEO at Refinery Group, said: “The agency is going through an evolution which has seen us redefine our market offering, win exciting new business, pick up industry awards, and more importantly bring some of the best talent around into the building.

“We firmly believe Sharlene, Esther, Ruth and Amy are going to play a major part in shaping the future of Refinery and deliver more outstanding work for our clients.”

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