People on the Move: The Behaviours Agency; Bugler Smith; Big Partnership; Bamburgh Capital; Robert Scott

Janey Leonard-Myers, left, and Mary Peel

The Behaviours Agency, formerly The Market Creative, has strengthened its team with the appointment of two new account handlers.

Janey Leonard-Myers joins the 15-strong team as senior account manager.

She will work on projects for Sharps, Bradstone and Simply Paving as well as the agency’s own marketing activity.

Janey has more than six years’ marketing experience and her last role was at Cheetham Bell JWT where she worked on some of the agency’s largest accounts and managed its marketing strategy.

Mary Peel joins Janey on the account handling team as account executive, working on Housing Units and Aggregate Industries.

In her previous role at Aire Design Agency, Mary worked with Kellogg’s on its UK and international marketing.

Both new hires will work across a range of media including TV, print and digital advertising, as well as direct mail and content.

Sue Benson, managing director at Manchester-based The Behaviours Agency, said: “I’m delighted to welcome both Janey and Mary to the team. Both have several years’ marketing experience as well as enthusiasm to develop their knowledge of the role behavioural science plays in our industry, so I’m sure they’ll thrive and make a valuable contribution as we grow our client base.”


Communications and events agency, Bugler Smith, has bolstered its social media offering with the appointment of a new head of social.

The Lymm-based business recently welcomed Ryan Owen Gibson to the newly-created role, with a remit to continue the recent growth of clients and briefs in this area.

Ryan, who has moved from Manchester agency Holdens, has previously worked at LADbible, Cube3 and Tangerine.

Lee Ashton, Bugler Smith’s founder and managing director, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Ryan to Bugler Smith to lead the continued development of our social media offering, and support our wider growth plans.

“He has a wealth of experience working with brands across many different sectors, and his people-first approach to delivering effective social media strategies for clients will be a refreshing addition to the team here.

Ryan Owen Gibson

“Social media is now integral to how digitally-connected brands reach and engage audiences, and with Ryan on board we are well-positioned to work with brands as strategic partners to define their social media strategy.

“We’ve already seen promising growth in this area of the business over the last 12 months, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Ryan continues to push us further as an agency.”

The privately-owned business works with clients including Pets at Home, Vets4Pets, and Lancashire Cricket.

Ryan said: “I’m really delighted to have joined Bugler Smith and am already looking forward to the opportunity to work with some prestigious brands.

“The social media landscape is always changing, and from my experience, brands often find it difficult to keep up with the way platforms – and how people use them – are constantly evolving.

“I’m passionate about helping our clients to figure out what their social media strategy should look like and putting people at the forefront of how they communicate on social media.”

Creative communications agency Big Partnership has appointed Sarah Lawless to its board of directors.

Sarah leads the firm’s North West operations from its Manchester base and will join the current board of seven directors this month, as it continues its impressive growth in the region.

Since joining Big in May 2016, Sarah has helped grow the business rapidly from a standing start. The Manchester team has just recorded its best year to date, doubling profits and growing turnover to around £750,000.

Now boasting a staff of 12, Big Manchester has just moved to larger premises in the city to accommodate future growth.

Sarah joined Big from Manchester-based agency, One, where she held the role of head of PR and social for four years, increasing fees by 300% and tripling its client base.

Sarah Lawless

Big Manchester works with clients including Royal Bank of Scotland, Peel Ports, Turley, Graham Construction, Stewart Milne Homes and North West Cancer Research.

Steve McLaughlin, Big Partnership chief executive, said: “Since joining Big three years ago, Sarah has consistently impressed the senior management team and the decision to appoint her to the board was an easy one.

“Sarah has a proven track record of securing exciting new business opportunities and delivering outstanding results to existing clients. This has been integral to our growth here in Manchester.

“She brings a wealth of insight and expertise and at 31 injects a younger voice to the board.”

He added: “Her appointment will undoubtedly deliver a fresh perspective and energy that will ensure we increase our presence in the city, which is a key growth area for Big.”

Sarah said: “I am a Mancunian born and bred so it has been fantastic to be able to grow the Big Partnership offering here over the last three years.

“Now, I’m excited to take the next step and join the board at such an interesting time for the agency. We have ambitious growth plans both in Manchester and across the UK, so watch this space.”

Big Partnership employs more than 100 people across PR, marketing, digital, design and events with offices in Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.


Bamburgh Capital, an independent corporate advisory business, has appointed Paul Cooper as an advisor and non-executive director.

Paul is an experienced private equity executive and business advisor whose previous roles have included deals partner at PwC, and chief operating officer at Lion Capital, a consumer-focused private equity fund.

He has also held senior roles at Grant Thornton, Terra Firma Capital Partners and KPMG and is currently the chief executive of Bute Energy and chief operating officer of Grayling Capital LLP.

Paul Cooper

Paul’s appointment follows a busy period for Bamburgh and the appointment, earlier this year, of two corporate finance executives – Ed Thompson and Matt Wynne.

Ed previously worked at GSA Capital Partners and Partners Capital LLP. Matt joined from KPMG where he qualified as a chartered accountant. Both Ed and Matt are based in Bamburgh Capital’s Manchester office.

Michael Parkinson, director of Bamburgh Capital, said: “We are delighted that Paul has joined us.

“He brings a wealth of leadership and business advisory experience to us across private equity, tax, deal structuring, and fund raising which will augment the services we are able to offer our clients.”

Paul Cooper said: “I am looking forward to working with the Bamburgh Capital team to help them develop their business across the North of England and to support them in the delivery of client work.

“In the short term we need to help our clients make the best of the business challenges and opportunities that Brexit and a change of Prime Minister will create.”


Family-owned cleaning manufacturer, Robert Scott, has appointed Tracy Kirkpatrick as its new regional sales manager for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Cumbria.

Kirkpatrick joins Robert Scott from her role as hygiene sales representative at Jangro member Thomas Graham and Sons, where she was based at the Carlisle branch.

Her existing knowledge of the sector and Robert Scott’s product range makes her an asset to the business’ sales team.

In her new role Tracy will be responsible for maintaining and developing existing accounts, as well as identifying and converting new business opportunities, utilising her extensive sector expertise.

Tracy Kirkpatrick

Tracy said: “I have bought and sold Robert Scott cleaning products for many years, along with numerous other brands. Time and again they prove to be the best in the market, receiving excellent feedback on quality, value and customer service every time.

“I’m extremely pleased to become part of the team and to continue delivering the company’s impeccable service to customers.”

Gill Ireson, head of sales at Robert Scott, added: “Tracy has settled straight into our team and brings an extensive knowledge base of the sector, which will prove invaluable in her role when training janitorial staff on site and providing one-to-one support.

“Tracy has also shown a keen interest in our product development and we look forward to seeing her reach more customers in her region with more sustainable, chemical-free alternatives.”

Founded in 1925, Robert Scott is a fourth-generation family-owned business and is now one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and designers of cleaning products for the janitorial market.