April 24 2018, London – Customer agency, C Space, is excited to announce two new leadership changes out of its London office after the businesses experienced its most successful quarter on record. Richie Jones has been promoted to Director of Partnerships, a role formerly held by Kathryn Blanshard, who has recently been promoted to Managing Director UK. Claire Sippitt has been promoted to Consultancy Director after six successful years in the business.
Richie Jones, formerly Consultancy Director, has spent the past 18 months developing his team into a centre of excellence for some of C Space’s largest accounts. He will now dedicate his time to innovating C Space’s core approach, winning new client partnerships, and fostering talent.
Blanshard said: “I’m delighted that we are able to put two talented team members into leadership roles that will allow them to have a bigger impact on our people and clients. Richie’s new role as the Director of Partnerships role allows our clients to ask more of us – to evolve to meet the changing needs of their businesses and increase the impact that our work can have to help them grow. His ability to listen deeply to clients, craft innovative solutions, and build amazing teams to deliver them puts him in a great position to lead our Partnerships moving forward.”
“The crucial thing to note about the role is in the name – it’s about partnership, not about specific methodologies, industries or challenges,” said Jones. “I’ve been fortunate to work with some visionary colleagues and clients who have helped stretch and challenge our thinking. Through communities of customers, experts and employees, using data & analytics, immersion, events, and amazing creative, we have built relationships that have lasted years, and kept evolving over that time. I’m really excited to continue pushing, innovating and listening to what our clients need to keep Partnerships at C Space where it should be – at the cutting edge of technology, insight and consultancy, with the customer at the heart.”
Since joining the business in 2012, Claire Sippitt has been instrumental in growing several of C Space’s largest accounts across several different industries including: FMCG, technology and automotive. As Consultancy Director, she will use her insight and client management skills to help her clients land a greater impact within their businesses and will also emphasise building and developing her team.
“Claire’s promotion is a testament to her growth mindset. Over the last six years, she’s made a huge contribution to the business, moving from Associate Consultant to Consultancy Director through building her own portfolio of global clients and growing her people along the way. Her ability to cultivate strong, trusted relationships with her clients and her team is second to none and we’re looking forward to seeing Claire build her own consultancy unit at C Space.”
Sippitt said, “I’m excited to take on this new challenge. I feel proud to be part of a business that nurtures talent and promotes from within, and having spent the majority of my career here, I have benefited from that in so many different ways. My belief that relationships are the source of results is a philosophy I bring to my clients as much as to my team. I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned – from our creative research methodologies to how we elevate the role of insight to our sales approach – to continue growing my client relationships and my teams.”
These promotions are demonstrations of C Space’s commitment to growing internal talent. The business also seeks to diversify its workforce. Over the past year, they have blinded CVs to mitigate unconscious bias, launched an apprenticeship scheme to challenge assumptions that individuals need degrees to excel in consultancy and improved their parental leave policies.