People on the move: Influential; Cushman & Wakefield; DS Emotion; Aaron & Partners

Back L-R Matt Beasley, Steph Bocking, Rhianna Bennett; front L-R Eleanor Harms, Ellie Riddy, and Doug Le Broucq

Integrated communications agency Influential has strengthened its PR, digital and creative teams following a number of key client wins.

The business has experienced significant growth over the past two years with a 158% increase in profits over the past 12 months.

It is also celebrating a raft of significant client appointments.

In light of this growth, the agency has welcomed five new recruits, who will play a key role in supporting the agency’s comprehensive integrated offering.

Experienced consultant Eleanor Harms has joined the business’ Manchester office. With more than five years’ experience across sectors including property, construction, professional services, Harms will work across key accounts including law firm Shoosmiths and Speedy Hire.

The company has also appointed recent Goldsmiths graduate Ellie Riddy as a junior account executive. Riddy will support the team working across accounts including accountancy firm Grant Thornton, and TEM Property.

The agency’s digital team has been bolstered by the appointment of marketing executive Doug Le Brocq, who will support on key client accounts.

Rhianna Bennett joins the agency’s finance team after six years working in the medical and legal sectors.

Business management student Matt Beasley joins the agency as office manager.

The agency has also made a number of internal promotions across its consumer, corporate and social teams.

The business has promoted Stephanie Bocking to account executive, Ruth Cobban to account director, Jonathan Daly to senior account manager, Jo Shelbourne to social media manager and David McMonnies to account manager.

Sara Wilde-McKeown, influential managing director, said: “We are excited to be welcoming this fresh flow of talent to the business and to be recognising excellence in our existing team by promoting a number of people to more senior roles.

“Bolstering our team enables us to continually strengthen service lines and ensure we have the right team in place to deliver outstanding, original work.

“We continue to develop and grow our integrated offering and are committed to providing an innovative, strategic, and insightful service that adds real value across our client base. This approach, coupled with the deep levels of expertise across the business, has enabled us to welcome a number of exciting new brands on board over the last 18 months.”


Cushman & Wakefield has announced 84 promotions across its UK business including two promotions for its Manchester office.

Rob Prescott, part of the office agency in Manchester has been promoted to associate whilst Fintan McCluskey, who is part of the valuation & advisory team has been promoted to senior surveyor.

John Keyes, head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester office said: “Encouraging colleagues to develop and progress to the next level is vital, if we are to continue to grow and to lead the real estate industry now and in the future. Congratulations to Rob and Fintan and all those, who have achieved the latest milestone in their careers and I wish them continued success.”

Cushman & Wakefield is a global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live.

Some 45,000 employees in more than 70 countries help occupiers and investors optimize the value of their real estate by combining global perspective and deep local knowledge with an impressive platform of real estate solutions.

Urban trends specialist and academic Razi Riahi has joined the Manchester studio of property marketing consultancy DS Emotion in the newly created role of strategy director for placemaking.

Riahi said: “Placemaking is my passion and it fascinates me, so I’ve spent a great deal of time studying examples of placemaking strategies and projects around the world and their effect on all stakeholders and analysis of their delivery and performance.”

Angus Armitage, co-founder of DS Emotion said: “We are pleased to welcome Razi in a strategic placemaking role to further intellectualise the placemaking work we have been undertaking in recent years.

“Her extensive knowledge of successful placemaking around the world, combined with her creativity and ability to identify trends ahead of the curve, will combine with our place activation brand and creative services to position DS Emotion in the lead for place marketing.”


Cheshire-based legal firm Aaron & Partners has added Katherine Livesey to its family law team as a senior associate.

Livesey joins the firm following 13 years at Brabners in Liverpool, where she worked as an associate solicitor across the full spectrum of family law matters.

She began her career with a Wrexham-based firm, working predominantly on civil litigation issues before moving on to specialise in family law.

Livesey said: “Aaron & Partners is a legal practice I’ve admired for a number of years and I’m absolutely thrilled to have joined the team in Chester.

“It’s been a fantastic year for the entire firm already in terms of legal rankings, happy clients and growth, so I’m really looking forward to building on that success and helping to carry that momentum into 2018 and beyond.”

Richard Barge, partner and head of family law, added: “This is a key, strategic hire for our family law department and underlines our commitment to providing our private clients with an unrivalled personal service and tailored solutions to complex issues. Our regional focus in North Wales will undoubtedly be strengthened by Katherine’s arrival.

“Every solicitor in our team has considerable expertise across the full range of family law matters and Katherine complements that perfectly. She comes to us with an impressive track record and we’re happy to welcome her to Aaron & Partners.”