NEWS: H&K’s Manchester branch to be headed up by Walmsley

Hill and Knowlton has promoted associate director Joan Walmsley to the post of general manager of its Manchester office.

Hill and Knowlton has promoted associate director Joan Walmsley to the

post of general manager of its Manchester office.



The appointment of Walmsley follows last month’s departure of Adam

Roscoe, H&K Manchester’s managing director. Roscoe, who was with H&K for

six years, moved to rival agency Greenwood Tighe to head up its

Edinburgh, Leeds and Lymm offices.



Walmsley, 53, who is the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary

candidate for Congleton, has been at H&K’s Manchester office since it

was established in January 1989. Before moving into PR, she worked as a

teacher and as an NHS biologist.



Walmsley said her appointment as general manger reflected the employment

pattern of ex-managing director Roscoe, who was initially hired as

general manager.



She told PR Week she was very bullish about business in the North West.

‘We have got a young and hungry team in Manchester and I think we are

really going to go for it,’ she said.



David McLaren, chief executive of Hill and Knowlton UK, said Walmsley’s

appointment would ‘ensure continuity of service and the development of

our presence in the North West’.



* H&K Manchester has been hired by Movex, the UK subsidiary of Swedish

software firm Intentia, following a competitive pitch.



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