iMPOWER Consulting appoints Sarah Atkinson as Director

06 February 2017

iMPOWER Consulting has hired Sarah Atkinson, formerly a Managing Director at Capita Business Services, as a Director. She is charged with further expanding the firm's health care sector presence, in line with growing demand from local governments across the UK.

Prior to joining iMPOWER Consulting, Sarah Atkinson worked at Capita Business Services for the past five years, most recently as a Managing Director in the firm’s Health Advisory and Analytics segment. She previously worked, from 2002 until 2008, at Tribal Group, as a Director in the firm’s Health Advisory practice. Earlier roles include Consultant at Secta Group for four years from 1998, Finance Manager in the UK Department of Health from 1997, and Financial Management Trainee at the NHS, where she started her career in 1994.

Atkinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Leeds University, and studied Accountancy – CIPFA at the Leeds Metropolitan University and Executive Coaching at the Academy of Executive Coaching.

Sarah Atkinson - iMPOWER

The announcement sees Atkinson join the public sector consulting firm as a Director in the newly developed healthcare practice. She joins fellow health Director, Kieran Brett, as the firm’s further develops its health business in line with “ambitious plans”. The move reflects the continued blurring of the lines between local authority and healthcare as civic budgets to support those in need continue to decline across the country.

Sarah Atkinson says that she is “delighted” to be joining iMPOWER. Adding, “I’m very much looking forward to working with a successful team and fantastic clients. I believe the local authority expertise iMPOWER has is unmatched in the market and the investment in additional health capability will create a unique capability at a time that both health and social care services are reaching crisis point.”

Chief Executive Helen Bailey comments, “As our health expertise grows, I’m also excited by how we can combine this with our skills in behaviour change to benefit our local government clients in dealing with challenges such as adult and children’s social care. Sarah is a great addition to iMPOWER’s health team and brings market knowledge and expertise thus allowing us to extend our work and enhance the value we add.”


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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.