We are delighted to announce that Kate Shanks will be our new Managing Director as of September 1st 2015. Sheila Parry will be stepping into her new role as Chairman and will continue to provide consultancy to clients in the areas of employee engagement and the future of work.

To find out more please refer to the press release below.

theblueballroom announces new MD appointment

Award-winning business communications agency, theblueballroom, today announced the appointment of Kate Shanks as Managing Director.  Kate will take up her new role on 1 September.  She takes over from the agency’s founder, Sheila Parry, who in her new role as Chairman will continue to provide consultancy to clients in the areas of employee engagement and the future of work.

Kate Shanks, 41, joined theblueballroom as Account Director three years ago, and became Deputy MD, Client Services, in 2013.  With a degree in science journalism and many years’ experience in the areas of recruitment advertising, internal and external communications, she will bring to her new role a passion for employee engagement and the energy and enthusiasm to drive theblueballroom’s client activity to ever more proactive heights.

Commenting on her appointment, Kate said:  “I feel really honoured that Sheila trusts me with taking the company into the next chapter of our story.  I am not intending to make huge changes overnight, but we have to adapt with the needs of our clients.  We’re in the grip of a ‘more for less’ culture, with people being expected to deliver outstanding results with fewer resources,  and we want to help our clients manage that.  There is a lot of ‘that will do’ out there – and that’s not good enough.  We’re passionate about quality and value, and as an agency that embraces internal and external stakeholder engagement, we have a team that understands the broad communications challenges our clients face.

“By making people’s working lives better, we hope to help our clients solve the productivity puzzle – something that’s high on the current business agenda.  We help our clients find the passion that’s already in their story, and to tell that story in a believable way.  Getting this right can really win people round, get them behind you and make your employees your best advocates.  Happy people work hard and out-perform their peers, which means that the business – if it’s run properly – will produce more.”

Sheila Parry, who set up theblueballroom in 2001, said:  “I have enjoyed every minute of the last fifteen years of theblueballroom and I’m confident that now is the time to be handing over the reins to Kate.  theblueballroom is all about supporting organisations to respond to market forces, be flexible and embrace change.  And this is exactly what we’re doing ourselves in ensuring we have next-generation leadership as we move into the next chapter of our story.”