Catherine Bellis Academy launches

Hough Bellis Communications has launched a new training academy named after its founder, Catherine Bellis.

The Catherine Bellis Academy will launch in 2022 and will help develop the next generation of communications professionals.

The academy will offer training for Hough Bellis recruits and the wider industry.

Catherine helped found Hough Bellis in 2016 with business partner Bobbie Hough, but retired when her multiple sclerosis worsened in 2017.

She remains an active voice in the business and will help develop the academy programme.

Catherine began her career in journalism and edited a number of local and regional titles. She moved in public relations working at Staniforth PR before moving to become a Director at IPB Communications.

Catherine said: “I was one of the very lucky people to look forward to work each day. Having to give it up has been hard. I am delighted to be involved something that will benefit new recruits across the social communications sector. I feel very honoured to have my name attached to what I believe will be such an asset to a new wave of recruits.”

Bobbie added: “Catherine has dedicated a large part of her career to helping develop talented people in both journalism and public relations.

“It is therefore a fitting tribute to set up the academy in her name.

“We look forward to working with Catherine in developing the programme and providing the best possible training for our own recruits and others across the sector.”

Further details about the academy will be announced in 2022.

Bobbie Hough