It’s a new year, time to reflect and time to refresh.
And while 2021 was incredible for the Shed, winning multiple awards for our work as a cause-driven agency and securing new clients like Study in Wales, Royal College of Nursing Wales and Cancer Research Wales, 2022 is all about our people.
The team at Cowshed has always been a talented bunch and this year sees some fantastic new recruits to our award-winning agency – with nine creatives joining the team to support our growth and to help deliver our global campaigns.
Joining Cowshed is Ali Abdi. Last year, Ali was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the black, Asian and minority ethnic community in Cardiff. As our dedicated Audience Lead, he will ensure that our approach to diversity and inclusion is as integrated as our approach to campaigns.
From her role as Account Director at London-based creative agency adam & eveDBB, Charlie Simpson joins Cowshed as a Campaign Director. She will lead on integrated campaigns such as Study in Wales and Social Care Wales. Her eight years’ experience managing national accounts such as McCain will strengthen the campaigns team, bringing strategic and creative experience to Cowshed.
Also heading up her own team in campaigns is Beth Edwards. Former BBC journalist Beth has taken on a Campaign Director role, leading on projects such as National Adoption Service and Royal College of Nursing, Wales. Beth is passionate about campaigns that support upward social mobility throughout Welsh communities, and her quick decision-making and 15 years’ experience as a journalist will ensure our integrated campaigns cut through the noise.
To support Cowshed’s success during another challenging year, the campaign team has also welcomed four more additions. Former young journalist of the year Aamir Mohammed is on hand to create inspiring copy and secure media coverage as Content Producer, Holly Hughes joins the agency as Campaign Manager, Rhiannon Smith starts as a Campaign Officer and Claudia Rutherford takes up a role as Junior Campaign Officer.
Meanwhile, award-winning designer Tom Wilding joins the creative studio and Lisa Jones starts her role as Operations Manager, overseeing our structures and processes to ensure we succeed as a business – and as individuals.
The pandemic has been an opportunity for people to reassess their work-life balance. It’s been a time for people to take up a new hobby, be with their children, or support family and friends, and look for an employer that aligns with their values.
We’ve seen agencies close; clients shrink their budgets and staff move onto new roles. But here at Cowshed we continue to grow and attract the best talent from Wales – and beyond – because we care for our people, offer agile working, an uncapped training budget and a carefully-crafted benefits package that puts you first.
And if you want to work with a bunch of great people who care about campaigns that work, for clients we love and causes that we believe in, then even if you don’t see a right job listed for you, reach out and say hello.
It could be the first step to being part of our team – along with these incredibly talented, creative and fun-loving people.
Here’s to 2022.