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MHP Mischief hires Telegraph industry editor

Posted on: September 7th, 2021 by Tomas White

Alan Tovey will join MHP Mischief as a director on 15 November after 14 years as a business journalist.

His arrival at the agency follows other hires in the capital markets team in recent months, including Rachel Farrington from investment bank UBS – who also took a director role – and Alex Janiaud from the Financial Times Group, who started as a senior account manager in March.

Tovey said: “MHP Mischief’s recent growth and the range of their work is impressive, so it’s an exciting time to be changing lanes and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

“I’ve spent more than a decade at The Telegraph developing a deep understanding of some of the most complex companies in the business world and sharing that insight with readers – part of a team boasting some of the brightest, most respected and sometimes even feared journalists covering the corporate environment. I’m delighted to be bringing this experience and perspective to bear on new challenges for MHP Mischief’s clients.”

His appointment comes amid what the agency called “strong growth” in its capital markets team, which has advised on high-profile transactions including the administration of Arcadia Group, Connells Group’s acquisition of Countrywide estate agents, and Ultra Electronics’ recommended acquisition by Cobham.

The team has also recently won a spate of new clients including Coinbase, Bakkavor and CVS Group, and is currently advising on seven IPOs, the agency said.

Oliver Hughes, head of capital markets at MHP Mischief, said: “Alan is one of the best business journalists around and we are thrilled that he has chosen to join us as he moves to the other side. He will bring our clients an expert understanding of how the modern media works and thinks, including the importance of digital and video content, as well as great connectivity with leading figures at the highest levels of industry and government.”

This article was originally shared on PR Week.


MHP Appoints Heads Of Strategy And Creative, Builds New Studio Team

Posted on: June 9th, 2021 by Tomas White

Kate Gomes is MHP’s new Head of Strategy, joining from H&K Strategies, where she served as Corporate Strategy Director. Her career has spanned the House of Commons, the Cabinet Office, the IPPR and clients including Shell, GE and DS Smith. She will work with Deputy CEO Nick Barron to drive forward the company’s Networked Age behavioural science research and consultancy programme.

Luke Walker is MHP’s new Head of Creative, joining from Weber Shandwick, where he served as Creative Director, helping to create award winning work such as Brutal Cut for Action Aid and Deep Fraud for HSBC.

In addition to overseeing all Strategy and Creative work for MHP, Kate and Luke will help to accelerate the growth of MHP Mischief’s new creative content team, Studio, which is led by Gemma Irvine.

Studio’s recent work has included a series of documentaries for AstraZeneca about the making of their Covid-19 vaccine, developing the visual identity and launch assets for Global Youth Mobilisation, and developing Wine Drinkers UK’s social media strategy for its campaign on tax.

Studio will support the work of the combined agency, marking another step in the integration of the MHP and Mischief brands.

The move follows a period of strong growth for MHP Mischief which has recently added major new clients including fintech giant Plaid, online electrical retailer AO, and train operator Avanti West Coast.

Alex Bigg, CEO of MHP Mischief said:

“In a polarised and information-saturated world, communications strategy rooted in real audience insight has never been more important, while creative work needs to be outstanding in order to cut through.

“Kate and Luke are exceptional talents, who will help us fulfil our ambition to create an integrated agency built for The Networked Age. They will work closely with Gemma Irvine and her Studio team to develop more effective and powerful campaigns, with long-term impact.”

Kate Gomes added:

“MHP Mischief is an agency that’s got it’s finger on the pulse on issues that really count, from polarisation to vaccination. I’m thrilled to be joining to help deliver continued timely, impactful strategic work. MHP Mischief is an agency that’s going places and I couldn’t be more delighted to be going places with them.”

Luke Walker said:

“The chance to lead the creative output of this agency is a huge opportunity, as the talent, ambition and momentum are all there. I firmly believe we can do something special. The aim is to create industry-defining work – work that persuades, changes behaviour and makes people act. I can’t wait to get started.”

MHP Mischief makes senior hire as Brand + Reputation team experiences strong growth

Posted on: May 5th, 2021 by Tomas White

Hannah’s appointment comes on the back of a successful eighteen months for the team since it was formed at the end of 2019 when it brought together MHP Mischief’s existing consumer and corporate teams to deliver an integrated offer.

During the last year the team has been appointed to several new mandates from E.ON, Samsung, HelloFresh, IWG, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Brief (GRSB) and Wine Drinkers UK as well as growing existing briefs with clients including TalkTalk.

MHP Mischief’s Brand + Reputation team was set up with the appointment of Rachel Bower in September 2019 and blends corporate and consumer expertise by combining corporate advisers, brand strategists, ex journalists and campaigning experts to help clients navigate an increasingly complex stakeholder environment.

Hannah joins the agency from ThreeSixty where she was Head of Reputation, working on clients including Compare the Market, De Beers, gohenry, Avanti Communications and Doctor Martens. Prior to this Hannah worked as an issues-management and reputation expert at H&K Strategies, working with clients including Shell, Intel, GSK, Givaudan, P&G, Mondelez and Associated British Foods.

Rachel Bower, MHP Mischief’s Head of Brand + Reputation, said:

“I’m delighted that Hannah has joined our team at such an exciting time. She brings with her a wealth of experience and a proven track record of advising clients with complex reputation challenges and leading integrated campaigns that reach consumers, business leaders and policy makers. Hannah’s appointment comes on the back of a number of hires across other levels in 2020 that support and accelerate our growth.”

Commenting on her new role, Hannah Walsh, Director said:

“The opportunity to join such an impressive team is a real privilege, given its breadth of expertise, disruptive approach and original offer. I look forward to bringing my integrated and cross-sector strategic communications experience to the table, working closely with the incredibly talented MHP Mischief clients and colleagues.”