Joanna Osbourne and Amandine Shaw join Gate One

06 January 2016

Consulting firm Gate One has bolstered its team with Joanna Osbourne and Amandine Shaw. Osbourne joins from The Fifth Business, and previously served Oliver Wyman and Corven, while Shaw joins from Big Four giant Deloitte.

Founded in 2013, Gate One is a management company specialised in business transformation services. Since its inception the firm has grown strongly, on the back of engagements with several major organisations, with Gate One now employing a team of just under 40 consultants. The firm’s rise through the consulting ranks has not remained unnoticed – Gate One can boast of several (industry) awards and recognitions racked in over the past months, including being named a 100 business award winner (in 2014), a winner of the Best New Business Award (in 2015) and a two-times winner of a Stevie Award (also in 2015).

To meet growing demand from its clients – Gate One’s works across industries, from financial services to consumer goods and energy – the consulting firm recently added two new consultants to its team. Joanna Osbourne joins the consultancy as a Principal, bringing both strategy and transformation consulting know-how to the firm, as well as line management experience. Osbourne started her career in 1997 with BP, where she spent nearly twelve years, and subsequently moved into consulting, joining Corven, an energy consulting firm that was acquired by Oliver Wyman in the summer of 2013*. At Corven and Oliver Wyman Osbourne contributed to and led a range of transformation programmes, including the delivery of performance improvement projects, post-merger integrations, organisational effectiveness and behavioural change programmes. Clients she served included Shell, National Grid, Network Rail, Centrica and HSBC.

Joanna Osbourne, Amandine Shaw, Tim Phillips

Amandine Shaw joins Gate One from Deloitte, where she has spent the last four years working across a range of industries and service areas including Target Operating Model (TOM), process design and operational readiness. She has worked for several large clients in the banking sector, mainly focussing on the design and implementation of operating models in response to regulatory change. In 2011 Shaw graduated from the University of Durham, where she obtained a joint degree in History and Spanish.

Tim Phillips, co-founder** and Managing Director at Gate One, named a ‘Director of the Year’ by the IoD last year, says he is thrilled with the addition of Osbourne and Shaw, stating “they will add to Gate One’s capability to help its clients deliver some of the UK’s most challenging business transformation initiatives.”

In August last year Gate One boosted its team with former EY Senior Manager James Cooper.

* Oliver Wyman acquired Corven in August 2013, marking its first major deal since 2008, when it purchased five counterparts: ChapterHouse (UK), Academee (UK), Hemeria (France), Celent (global) and Harbour Consulting (global). As part of the integration roughly 50 Corven consultants based in London, Houston, Boston and Chicago transferred to Oliver Wyman.

** Gate One was founded by Tim Phillips, Simon Dennis, David Holliday and Alex McEvoy.


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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.