Reason to Smyle
Event agency Smyle has appointed a new CEO and financial director.
New CEO Keith O’Loughlin (left), who stepped down as Group CEO of TRO in 2017, has a pedigree in agency consulting.
O’Loughlin will lead agency Smyle Creative, guided by co-founder Rick Stainton who becomes group executive director, overseeing the wider Smyle Group’s growth.
David Dewhurst (right), previously financial director at Next Fifteen Communications, has also joined Smyle in the same role.
ICC Wales has announced the expansion of its team with several new appointments, from sales and marketing to graphic design, ahead of its official opening date later this year.
Joining the team will be new association sales manager Gemma Savage (far right), sales manager Kathryn Tighe (first from right), head of technical services Simon Denman-Ellis (centre), and graphic and marketing designer Stef Hinkley (second from left).
ICC Wales commercial director Jill Manley said: “As we complete the building phase of the project, our focus is now on ensuring that we have a strong employee base to continue the fantastic work that the team has done so far.”
Technical event production specialist Sparq is further strengthening its senior leadership team, with the appointment of John Moore as head of national operations.
Moore has been brought on board to spearhead Sparq’s ambitious growth strategy and oversee the operational direction of the brand.
Moore’s remit will focus on improving efficiency across the division, developing and implementing strategic change, together with growing the specialisms and expertise within the national operations team.
Pure Events has announced that Joanna Stachowicz has been appointed as client services director.
Company bosses say Stachowicz has been a valued member of the Pure Events team for seven years after starting as an events assistant, shadowing senior members of the team.
Since then Stachowicz has worked her way up the ladder to events manager, senior events manager and now client services director.
Joseph Henry has been appointed as the new general manager of the privately-owned four-star Barton Grange Hotel in Preston, Lancashire.
His role at the Barton Grange will include overall responsibility for the day to day running of the 51-bedroom hotel, as well as managing the team of 100 staff.