All change at Hough Bellis as agency’s strong growth continues

Hough Bellis has made three new appointments as the company builds on a strong period of growth. 

Ben Powell joins the business as Account Director, with Catriona Gilmore joining as Senior Account Executive and Vivienne de Burca as Account Executive. 

Powell will support the agency’s work delivering impactful national campaigns and political engagement. 

He spent the early part of his career in local and national politics, working in Westminster as a political advisor and serving for six-years as a local councillor. He joins Hough Bellis from the senior management team at 38 Degrees, one of the UK’s biggest campaign organisations. Prior to that, he held senior communications roles at two trade unions. 

Gilmore previously worked in marketing for leading cultural tour operator Martin Randall Travel, where she developed and led the organisation’s social media strategy.   

She is the first recruit to the company’s CB Academy, named after co-founder Catherine Bellis, which aims to offer young communications professionals coaching and insight from esteemed professionals in the industry.   

Prior to joining Hough Bellis, de Burca worked in digital marketing for a leading art gallery The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, where she developed the gallery’s social media strategy and public engagement online.  

Elsewhere in the business Nicola Douglas – who joined Hough Bellis in 2018 as Account Manager – has stepped up as Account Director.  

Hough Bellis Communications was launched in 2016 and specialises in supporting organisations with a social purpose, working across industries including housing, local government, energy and the third sector.  

The firm is based in Cheshire, but was one of the pioneers of flexible working having never had an office base.   

A raft of new contract wins means the company is now retained by more than 30 clients.   

Bobbie Hough, Managing Director at Hough Bellis, said: “It’s an exciting time for the business and we’re pleased to have been able to attract some incredibly talented individuals to join us for the next part of our journey.  

“It’s clear the team is bought into our vision for the future of Hough Bellis and our desire to give organisations with a strong social purpose a voice. 

“We’re looking forward to helping the team to grow and develop their careers.”

Bobbie Hough