Appointments: Marketing business starts year with strategic appointments

Esme Flounders has been appointed as marketing and communications director at 10-year-old firm Press Ahead

Esme Flounders and Kieron Goldsborough of Press Ahead
Esme Flounders and Kieron Goldsborough of Press Ahead

North East marketing communications business Press Ahead has made further senior appointments, following a successful year in business under the leadership of managing director Kieron Goldsborough.

The10-year-old firm, which underwent a management buyout last year led by Mr Goldsborough, has appointed Esme Flounders as marketing and communications director and Alan Dickinson as non-executive director.

Ms Flounders joins from social landlord Coast & Country Housing, bringing marketing and communications knowledge with her. Working first with Toyota, she then went to work for Endeavour Housing Association and stayed within the social housing sector for a decade, subsequently working with North Star Housing prior to Coast & Country Housing.

Mr Dickinson has a background in media publishing houses and was regional advertising director with Trinity Mirror and magazine director with the Business Magazine Group. He has specialised in developing commercial relationships and has successfully led teams of managers and salespeople across the North East and Yorkshire for more than 20 years.

His role will see him utilise his wealth of experience to further enhance Press Ahead’s presence in markets across the North East and beyond.

Managing director Mr Goldsborough said: “I am delighted that Esme and Alan have joined the team. Both bring specialised knowledge to the business and complement the business strategy of investing in talented people.

“As a business, we are continually investing in our people skills and strengthening our offering. Esme brings a wealth of marketing communication knowledge having worked on numerous rebrands, marketing and content strategies. Alan has vast knowledge of print, digital and event platforms, which will allow him to contribute significantly to the shaping of Press Ahead’s client campaigns.

“We have an exceptionally skilled team of creatives, marketers, PR and media specialists and the new appointments will only add to our credentials. Our client portfolio has grown following recent account wins and we are working on substantial brands such as Berghaus, Coast & Country Housing, Huntsman, SSI, Changing Lives, Owen Pugh and the University of Cumbria.”

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer