Following another successful year of growth, creative and digital PR agency Smoking Gun, has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Hayley Peters.

Peters, who joins the team from Weber Shandwick, as senior account director, will deliver strategic counsel and support to a number of the agency’s biggest clients, in addition to driving new business and developing the agency’s insight-driven approach to communications.

As part of her previous role, Hayley headed up planning and insight, as well as leading on a number of key accounts including Holiday Inn, QHotels, Warburtons and Aldi mother & baby.

Managing director and founder, Rick Guttridge said: “It’s an accolade for the current team that someone as highly thought of as Hayley, from a major agency, has opted to join us to help take our business to the next level. Her wealth of experience working at a global agency, coupled with her proven track record in delivering strategic campaigns for big consumer brands is the ideal fit for us and how we want to shape the business going forward.

“2014 has been another outstanding year for the consultancy winning several more major national brands, taking revenue to GBP one million, moving to a new fantastic city centre office and bagging six more industry awards, including two best small agency gongs. We have a clear vision and plan of where we’re going and a growing, passionate team in place to deliver it. Hayley fits that perfectly.”

Hayley added:

“I’m really excited to be part of a fast-growing dynamic business with a strong focus on nurturing and investing in talent. The agency has achieved so much in just four years and the team has big ambitions for the future.”

Last week, the agency which has been running for four years, scooped four accolades at the CIPR North-West Awards, including a gold for best event and best use of photography for Virgin Holidays.

This senior appointment follows a number of hires for the agency over the last six months including Tally Thompson as junior account executive, Kineta Kelsall as digital manager, and Beth Nicholson and Kirstin Mack as senior account executives taking the head count to 16.

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