As part of an ongoing recruitment drive to build a genuine challenger agency, Southpaw has made a trio of new senior appointments in the past month.
David Ham, who has previously held financial roles with businesses including Cordiant plc, McCann Erickson and Initiative, joins Southpaw as its new finance director.
Sarah Lockett takes up the role of project director with a 15-year track record in digital marketing, working with prestigious brands such as Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Early Learning Centre, Persil and Paul Smith (winning a Webby for the latter). Specialising in digital project management, Sarah also spent time at Adams Creative and more recently Lightmaker, working with clients including Eurotunnel le Shuttle, D-Link, Paddy Power and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Lee Probert joins as creative technologist, following 20 years of experience in interactive media, including roles with Ogilvy, The Cloud and Agnitio. Probert said: “It’s a very exciting time to be working in advertising. The remit of our industry is broader than ever and it is agencies like Southpaw that are making bold, brave moves to consolidate creativity, media and technology.”
The latest hires following the appointments last year of Tom Poynter (former chief exec of Iris) as group managing director and Niki Macartney (former board account planner at DLKW Lowe) as planning director.
Tom Poynter, Group Marketing Director said, “Since our re-brand we have experienced a lot of interest in the agency from super talented individuals. Our positioning is resonating with brands and potential recruits alike and they are telling us they are looking for a new model and way of working that keeps them engaged and at the forefront of marketing rather than following the pack like everyone else. Our blending of creative, media and technology capability is starting to produce really interesting work and I am thrilled people want to be part of that. David, Sarah and Lee all have their own individual strengths, but what binds them together is a progressive attitude and an ambition to drive change. I like that a lot. ”