STRIPE Communications, the Edinburgh-based strategic PR and communications consultancy, today announces four new appointments and office expansion as it grows its team to 25.
Associate director, Stephanie Robertson, joins Stripe from Weber Shandwick, bolstering the agency’s senior management team.
Stephanie brings over 15 years’ experience as a broadcast journalist and specialist in media and community relations across the public and private sector. Having led behaviour change programmes for organisations such as Digital UK and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, in addition to consumer campaigns for leading brands including Glenmorangie, Whyte & Mackay and Seafish, she will play a major role on the agency’s client portfolio and new business activity.
Jonathan Perkins joins Stripe as a senior account manager from Freshwater UK, where he worked on high profile accounts for the Forestry Commission, National Grid and The National Trust.
As a further commitment to growth and developing young talent throughout the PR industry in Scotland, Stripe has also appointed two graduates, Emma Paul and Cheslie Harris, onto the ‘Stars & Stripes’ trainee programme.
Now in its third year, the programme offers graduates a six-month full paid position, providing dedicated training and development, combined with hands on practical skills. All previous ‘Stars & Stripes’ trainees have been offered permanent roles within the agency.
In line with its continued expansion, Stripe also announces that it is to relocate to new premises in Commerical Quay, Leith, alongside sister digital agency Blonde, having outgrown its existing Edinburgh office space. Stripe and Blonde will move to their new offices by the end of this year.
Joint managing director, Morna McLelland, commented: “As we celebrate our sixth year of growth with an expanded team and a new office, we’re strengthening our position as the largest consumer PR agency in Scotland, and putting the foundations in place for future growth and service development.
“Central to this is our team and so we’re absolutely committed to investing in talent at all levels throughout the agency. Stephanie brings invaluable expertise to our management team and client services, whilst Jonathan and our graduates look set to be shining PR stars of our future”.
Notes to editors
Stripe is part of Cello Group PLC, and works alongside sister agencies, The Leith Agency, Blonde and Tangible, in Edinburgh. Stripe currently provides PR & Communications consultancy for clients including, The Scottish Government, John Lewis, A.G. Barr, VELUX, Nairn’s, Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh Airport, Young Scot and ‘see me’.
Whilst Juliet Simpson is on maternity leave, Morna McLelland and Vicki Steel have taken over as joint managing directors.