New Year Sees The 'O' Grow

Posted on the 2 February 2010

New Year Sees The 'O' Grow

The North east’s outstanding public relations consultancy of the year is continuing its previous year of growth by appointing a new senior account manager to work on the host of new client wins.

Chrissie Gardiner has joined O Communications with ten years’ experience having previously worked with a wide variety of public and private sector clients both in London and within the North East.

Originating from London, Chrissie moved back to the North East six years ago having worked as a publicist at leading entertainment agency, Freud Communications, and in-house at Talkback Thames TV. Her PR experience since includes working for a wide range of regional organisations such as social housing as well as high profile hospitality and leisure clients including Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa.

Chrissie will be working with the team of eight at O Communications on the influx of new clients won since the creative agency came away with the top award at the CIPR North East PRide Awards last November.

She said: “I am excited to be part of a great team with such a fantastic reputation in the industry. I love the variation of clients here and I am excited to able to get involved in the whole process of the client’s brand communications.

“The team have the right balance of work ethics – really friendly and always professional which I feel is important in creating a happy working life and maintaining their award-winning reputation.”

Not only working on an extensive variety of PR clients including the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Mincoffs Solicitors and Coco Moon, Chrissie brings with her extensive experience in design for print; a growth area with the launch of the PR agency’s creative design studio.

Managing director Kari Owers said: “Chrissie’s appointment is a result of a fantastic 2009. We’ve gone from strength to strength, and now with new clients coming on board in the New Year, we knew that Chrissie was the ideal candidate to join the team.”

O Communications recently also won gold and silver awards for the Best Not-for-Profit title, Best use of Photography and Design and Best Use of Social Media at the November PRide awards and represents a wide range of top North East businesses in sectors such as retail and leisure, arts and culture, technology, process industries, skills, education and enterprise.

Since the appointment of former The Journal’s commercial property editor Rebekah Ashby to the team last year, it has also grown a strong portfolio in property and construction, including England’s biggest speculative business park, Quorum.

Innovations such as Ovolution, its social media and video production arm, have helped the creative communications agency pioneer online PR campaign delivery, whilst its design studio works in tandem with the PR team to create brand identities, direct marketing campaigns, newsletters, magazines and marketing materials.