Hessle-based global comms agency appoints new MD

H&H – the internal communications and employee experience agency based at Hesslewood Hall – has appointed Cathy Phillips as its new Managing Director.

Cathy has been with the agency for four years as its Head of Consultancy and Learning, working with both regional and global clients. Prior to joining, Cathy worked at telecoms and IT business KCOM for over 20 years, holding a number of senior communications roles, including Director of Communications and Chief Marketing Officer. 

While Cathy will take over operational responsibility for the business, co-founders Helen Bissett and Hannah Thoresby – who now become Founding Directors – will focus their time on nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of the agency on which it was founded.  

Since its creation in 2011, H&H has grown its reputation for delivering internal communications and employee engagement programmes for a growing number of organisations, regionally, nationally and globally. It currently employs 45 people, with the majority based in the local region. 

Helen Bissett, Founding Director of H&H says: “Hannah and I have spent the last 12 years building H&H into the thriving business it is today. As any entrepreneur will know, that initial growth phase requires you to be hands-on across every aspect of the business. We’ve now reached a size where that’s simply not possible. Our culture is such an important part of what makes us, us so we needed someone to join the leadership team who believes the same things as we do – Cathy was the obvious choice.” 

Cathy Phillips, MD says: “I joined H&H in early 2020, just before the world of work changed forever. Since then the agency has doubled in size in terms of people and revenue, and we continue to work with some of the world’s leading organisations. It’s been fantastic to see the impact our campaigns are having on over 5 million employees across the globe. I’m really excited about the opportunity to take on this role and to continue working with our clients and everyone at H&H on our ambitious plans.”  

H&H has recently been announced as Best Large Internal Communications Agency for the twelfth year in a row by the Institute of Internal Communication’s annual awards. 

You can find out more about building healthy, positive work cultures in H&H’s most recent whitepaper: https://handhcomms.co.uk/create-a-positive-healthy-organisational-culture/