Oldham's Cornerstone appoints award-winning journalist

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by Simon Austin
Gill Potts

Oldham’s Cornerstone Design & Marketing has made two new appointments to increase its staff to 17.

Gillian Potts, who has joined the agency’s PR department, has experience in writing, sub-editing and news gathering for newspapers including the Manchester Evening News, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Rochdale Observer and the former Tameside Advertiser, where she won the national Newspaper Society Journalist of the Year award.

She has worked on a number of high-profile news stories, including the legacy of the Moors murders, Dr Harold Shipman, the murder of British Army soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby and the Manchester Arena terror attack.

In recent years, she helped launch Newsquest’s weekly Oldham Times newspaper and website, and worked as a copy-sub on the Liverpool Echo, Huddersfield Examiner and Manchester Evening News dailies. 

Alana Allan joins as account manager and will be working with clients including North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority and LTE Scientific in Saddleworth. 

Allan worked as an agency account manager at Modern B2B and has worked on global client accounts across a range of industries including automotive brands Lexus and Toyota and tech centric B2B clients such as FreedomPay and Flexera.

Cornerstone was founded in 2007 by managing director David Wadsworth and moved to larger, bespoke headquarters in Oldham late last year.