In brief: Harvard hires Clark, Byrne leaves PRCA board, HSS Hire brings in Havas

Chime-owned Harvard hires Gareth Clark, Manc Frank's new base, Colin Byrne leaves PRCA board and more from PRWeek UK.

Harvard hires Clark for marketing

Chime-owned technology specialist Harvard has appointed Gareth Clark, formerly director of marketing and sales firm McDonald Butler, as client services director, saying it is looking to move further into marketing. Louie St Claire, Harvard's MD, said Clark "brings an entirely new set of skills into the business and allows us to offer a combination of PR, digital engagement and demand generation-focused marketing for the first time".

Colin Byrne leaves PRCA board

Colin Byrne, the UK CEO of Weber Shandwick, is stepping down from the board of the PRCA after five years. His place will be taken by Weber's London MD Rachel Friend. Byrne took a place on the board of the CIPR in January. 

Frank's new Manchester base

The North West outpost of Frank PR, known as Manc Frank, has moved into bigger premises from its original Salford home, where it has been based since 2012, after expanding to 12 people. The agency said fee income had exceeded £800,000 for the first time in the previous financial year. The new home features a playground roundabout, bales of hay, a barn-themed boardroom and original artwork from street artist ‘Mancsy’.

HSS Hire brings in Havas

HSS Hire, which has opened four new branches during the first three months of the year, has drafted in Havas PR’s Manchester office after a competitive pitch, with a remit including new branch openings, community relations and supporting local and national marketing campaigns. The retainer contract began on 1 July.

Freerange Communications to shut up shop

Julia Knight is swapping consumer PR for the circus – her 15-year-old agency Freerange Communications will cease trading in the autumn as she spends more time building family business Zippos Circus. Freerange had long-term clients including Madame Tussauds London, Legoland Windsor, London Aquarium and The London Dungeon.

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