MSB Consultancy promotes Carl Jackson to Director

05 May 2016

MSB Consultancy has promoted Carl Jackson to the role of Director. He will support the UK based advisory firm as it continues its expansion within the UK and Middle East market.

Carl Jackson joined MSB Consultancy in 2014 as a Consultant, he has since focused on providing the firm’s clients with Culture change, Employee Engagement and People Development related expertise. Previously, between 2011 and 2013, Jackson worked as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Adviser to David Davis MP at the House of Commons. He supported the conservative MP with research and analysis as well as communications and writing. Between 2008 and 2010, Jackson worked at Slaughter and May as a Solicitor.

Jackson holds a Bachelor of Art in Modern History from the University of Oxford, a Graduate Diploma in Law from the Oxford Brookes University and completed the Legal Practice Course at the BPP Law School. He has been a Qualified Solicitor (England) by the Law Society since 2010.

MSB Consultancy was founded in 1987 by current managing directors, Don Porter and Brian Hamill. The firm has enjoyed steady growth and recognition within the UK consultancy landscape, providing clients with services related to customer satisfaction and employee engagement. The announcement by the firm sees Jackson promoted to the role of Director, a move which, according to MSB, comes on the back of the firm’s rapidly growing portfolio in the Middle East. For the last 8 years, MSB has partnered with organisations in the region on a variety of management consultancy and HR projects. MSB is, for instance, currently working in close partnership with Tamkeen, a Bahrain based organisation responsible for the private sector development of the Kingdom’s economic vision.

Porter and Hamill, Joint Managing Directors of MSB, say: "Carl has played a crucial role in the growth of MSB, particularly in the UK healthcare sector and in our work with government agencies in the Middle East. We are delighted to welcome him to the MSB boardroom.”

Jackson adds: “It is a great privilege to be appointed a Director of MSB, a dynamic company with a 28 year record of delivering first class service to its clients. I look forward to working even more closely with the Managing Directors as MSB continues to grow in 2016 and beyond.”


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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.