Capita names Drew Ritchie new Head of Infrastructure

02 June 2015

Capita has strengthened its property and infrastructure business with the appointment of Drew Ritchie as Head of Infrastructure. Ritchie joins with extensive experience and knowledge of the infrastructure industry, with which he is expected to support the firm’s on-going growth and deliver the best possible outcomes of Capita’s clients’ complex infrastructure projects.

Drew Ritchie has considerable experience in the construction and infrastructure sectors. In 1995 he joined Halcrow, where he worked his way up to be a Development Manager and Director of various projects. In 2001 he transferred to Network Rail, where he stayed for two years, fulfilling the role of Senior Programme Manager. Richie joined Amey in 2005, with a role of Head of Rail; a role that saw him successfully make the company more sustainable. He moved to Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering and Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2008 and worked as its Major Projects & Programmes Director, a role he held until 2013 and saw him work on major construction projects. After a brief term at Currie & Brown as its Chief Operating Officer, Ritchie started his own management consulting firm Cranworth Consulting in 2014.

Ritchie holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Glasgow and a Master’s degree in Construction Project Management from Heriot-Watt University.

Drew Ritchie - Capita

Ritchie brings 20 years of experience in the rail, construction, highways, airports, industrials and energy sectors as well as experience gained from running his own business to his new role as Head of Infrastructure at Capita. “We are thrilled that Drew will be joining Capita. Our infrastructure offering is going from strength to strength, both organically and through the acquisition of companies like BCS Design, an award-winning multidisciplinary engineering design practice. [..] Drew’s expertise will support our growth both organically and through attracting new customers,” comments Simon Birchall, Executive Director at Capita’s Property and Infrastructure Business.

Ritchie remarks on his appointment, “Capita’s infrastructure offering is expanding fast, and it’s a great time to be stepping into the business. I am excited to be joining a company that is working to introduce so much innovative technology to the infrastructure world. The senior management team and I will be looking to build on the successes of the past couple of years, driving organic growth and delivering world-leading infrastructure for our customers.”


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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.