Gibbons departs as The Partners evolves

One of The Partners, Steve Gibbons, is leaving the consultancy. His departure comes as the group realigns itself for what partner Aziz Cami describes as the next stage in the consultancy’s evolution.

“We have reorganised in some ways,” says Cami. “One of the reasons for this is an increase in the volume and quality of the work we are doing for clients like Unilever, Warner, NatWest and Vauxhall – we weren’t set up to deal with such a volume of work.”

Cami says The Partners, which currently has around 45 staff, is on “a recruitment drive” as the consultancy reforms into bigger teams.

A new head of technology joins on 2 December for what is an “enhanced position”, says Cami. He adds that The Partners is aiming to do more international work and develop its new media offer.

“Clients are asking us for advice on these issues and have asked us to develop our resources,” says Cami. “You can’t operate in the way you used to.”

A creative partner, Gibbons is currently handing over his projects and “is going off to do other things” after 12 years, says Cami. Gibbons’ secretary has been made redundant.

Cami anticipates that Gibbons will sell his shareholding back to the business. Gibbons himself was unavailable to comment on his plans.

Another partner, David Stuart, is to build his role beyond that of a team leader. And partners Shaun Dew and James Beveridge are linking to form a bigger team.

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