Barnett Waddingham hires claims reduction expert Marc Spurling

16 June 2016

Barnett Waddingham has hired liability claims reduction expert Marc Spurling, who joins the firm’s London and Cheltenham office. Spurling, who transfers from Marsh, and takes on the role of Head of Liability Claims Analytics & Management, is tasked with developing bespoke analytics capabilities for clients seeking to get an edge on their competition by leveraging their data for a reduction in claims liability.

Prior to joining Barnett Waddingham, Marc Spurling worked at Marsh as the firm’s Senior Vice President and UK Practice Leader for Workforce Strategies, specialising in strategies to reduce the cost of liability claims. 

Spurling holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Exeter, a Certificate in Legal Practice from the University of Exeter and a Practising Certificate from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Marc Spurling - Barnett Waddingham

At Barnett Waddingham, Spurling takes on the role of Head of Liability Claims Analytics & Management, based in London and Cheltenham. His responsibilities include the development of bespoke liability claims analytics capabilities, for clients seeking to drive down claims cost exposure. The new role calls on Spurling’s more than 16 years of experience, throughout which he supported clients across a range of industries. He specialised in, among others, risk management and in particular with risk associated with liability.

Scott Cameron, Associate & Managing Consultant in the firm's Business Risk Practice, comments that Spurling’s commanding experience is "quite simply unrivalled in the marketplace." He adds that the new digital capabilities "will deliver a unique and best in class proposition to help our clients manage down the costs of risk associated with liability claims. Marc consistently delivers superior, results driven outcomes in a pragmatic and commercially balanced manner and our clients will quickly view him as an essential and trusted adviser.”

Marc Spurling remarks about his new role: “The costs associated with liability and claims risks are increasingly significant for any organisation. Those which have robust and well executed risk management programmes that drive co-ordinated liability, claims and risk strategies aligned with commercial goals will enjoy growth in profitability. I am delighted to join the Business Risk team and look forward to leveraging its innovative analytics capability to develop meaningful services for new and existing clients.”

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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.