Long established public relations agency, Empica, has expanded with the appointment of an experienced PR Manager and a new PR Assistant.

The appointments are part of the company’s expansion plans following its recent move into new larger offices in Wraxall, North Somerset. The firm was founded in 1989 by owner and Managing Director Martin Powell.

Darren Bane joins as a new step in a career spanning almost 30 years in journalism, public relations, corporate communications and marketing. Hannah Mead joins after completing a degree in Media and Communications at Birmingham City University.

Darren’s role will include spearheading Empica’s media training work and crisis management for clients facing tough media and public scrutiny. A former Bristol Post journalist, his career has included being Deputy Head of Corporate Communications at Avon & Somerset Police and Marketing and Communications Manager at Weston College.

Martin Powell said: “Darren has a wealth of skills and knowledge that is now available to our clients and adds to our knowledgeable team. His background handling tough media situations with both the police and fire service, and communications for large organisations, will be invaluable.

“Darren is now full-time with us having first joined a few months ago as temporary cover for holidays and while some major projects were being completed.”

Darren, who lives in Weston-super-Mare, holds qualifications from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

Hannah Mead, who lives in Nailsea, joins after previously working as an intern at marketing and events agencies in Bristol. Her role includes supporting the account managers and working on social media for clients.

Said Martin Powell: “We have ambitious plans in 2018 to expand the business and these first hires keep up the capacity for our clients and ensure we can maintain the quality of work that people expect from us.”

Posted: 8 January 2018