Milk & Honey PR appoints first partner among other hires

Milk & Honey PR has hired its first UK partner alongside a trio of other appointments.

Milk & Honey PR appoints first partner among other hires

Fiona Gildea (pictured) joins in September in the new role of partner, strategy and purpose. She will join the board and lead on social change and brand activism clients, with a remit to grow the agency's sustainability and purpose offer.

Gildea is currently completing the Sustainability Business Management course at Cambridge University, and will shortly embark on Climate Leadership training with Al Gore. She previously worked at start-ups and at agencies including MullenLowe, Karmarama and Ketchum, and for major companies including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Ikea, Philips and Huawei.

Other new recruits joining in September include Olivia Robinson, who joins as a senior digital executive from Say Communications in the UK. Meanwhile, the Sydney team is to double with Mairi Morrison joining as client executive and Ebony McCabe as head of digital. Milk & Honey opened in the Australian city last autumn.

In July the agency appointed Simran Maini-Hoskins to lead its 'corpsumer' division after winning a string of new clients.

Recent additions take the total workforce at Milk & Honey, which was founded in 2017 by former Hudson Sandler MD Kirsty Leighton, to 27.

Leighton said: "With every new hire we try to bring in new skills. Fiona’s sustainability credentials further enrich our purpose-driven offer. Her creative yet analytical mindset is going to be a huge asset to the leadership team. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved in our first three and a half years and look forward to our continued growth."

Gildea said: "I've been following Milk & Honey's journey for a few years now and am looking forward to being back in an ambitious environment working with such an impressive team. There's no doubt that we are in a transformative and challenging era, so it's a really exciting time for us to drive the climate agenda and social change, while delivering great work with genuine impact."

In addition to the new recruits, there were three promotions in the UK team last month: Harriet King became senior manager, Badara Jeng senior executive, and Lizzie Elkin client executive.

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