Social hires business development lead as it grows leadership team

Integrated communications agency Social has appointed Claire Quansah as its first head of client and business development, and made two senior promotions.

Social senior appointments (L-R): Claire Quansah, Zoe Tatton and Sophie Steele
Social senior appointments (L-R): Claire Quansah, Zoe Tatton and Sophie Steele

Claire Quansah joins Social from Red Havas, where she was operations director and led several corporate and b2b client accounts. 

In the new role, she will lead Social’s business development team to support its growth plans.

The agency has also promoted two team members to senior management roles. Zoe Tatton has been named head of creative, leading the agency’s creative services offering, which has clients including the National Lottery, UK Sport and George Clarke’s Council House Scandal.

Sophie Steele is the group’s new head of finance, after nearly two years with the business.

Social operates across six pillars – its built environment proposition, Social Place; Social Care; its social value arm, Social Good; its strategic consultancy, Social Lab; a professional services specialism; and its creative services portfolio.

The agency, which has offices in Bristol, Leeds, London and Manchester, said it has grown revenue by 15 per cent in 2020.

Quansah, a past mentor in the BME Mentoring Scheme, said she was thrilled to be joining the agency. “While 2020 has been a year where many businesses have had to reflect on their purpose, Social is an agency that has been purpose-driven since its inception,” she said. 

“Its passion for having a positive social impact on clients, colleagues and wider community offers great appeal to any brand looking to make a difference in its communications.”

John Quinton Barber, founder and group chief executive of Social, added: “I’m really pleased that Claire has joined us. She is someone that I have admired for a long time and she brings with her some great skills and experience. And it’s fantastic to welcome Claire, Zoe and Sophie to the senior team at Social at a time when we are experiencing continued high growth.”

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