Jo Boxer joins organisational change consultancy Dragonfish

15 November 2017

Culture consultancy Dragonfish have hired Jo Boxer as the firm’s newest Culture and Engagement Consultant. The UK-headquartered organisational change firm have added Boxer to their Southampton office, as they seek to grow their operations on Britain’s south coast.

Organisational change is an eternally evolving front, which sees consultancies continuously engaged by clients in order to transform their capabilities and remain agile and competitive. In particular, this has recently involved the changing of culture surrounding digital technology at firms, with the digital transformation consulting industry now surpassing $23 billion in annual revenues.

Founded in 2014, Dragonfish UK is an organisational consultancy, which aids businesses in their performance and culture transformations. Since establishing themselves from their Southampton base, the firm have spread to London, Sydney and LA. Their previous clients feature a number of well-known brands across multiple sectors including Fitness First, GoAhead,, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, IBM, Care UK, JCDecaux, Merlin Entertainments, Shelter and Superdrug, among others. As demand for their services continues to grow, Dragonfish have bolstered their central operations with the recruitment of Jo Boxer. 

Jo Boxer - Culture and Engagement Consultant at dragonfish

Following 10 years of working in various business development roles, Boxer arrives at the Southampton office of Dragonfish to work as a Culture and Engagement Consultant. Most recently, she worked as a Leadership Development Consultant for Hampshire County Council, following a year-long stint as a Culture and Engagement Consultant with the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. 

Beyond public sector consulting, the University of Birmingham graduate also worked extensively in the health sector. Boxer became Head of Culture and Engagement at Simplyhealth during her spell at the group between 2009 and 2015, following a two year engagement as Business Development Manager with Vitality Healthcare, which the former latterly acquired.

During her previous employment, Boxer coached and mentored leaders and teams of clients to enhance their personal communications and maximise performance. She also developed and led high performance teams to deliver large programmes. Now, she will put her extensive knowledge and experience of developing, leading and delivering culture engagement strategy to use for Dragonfish.

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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.