- Evans Hunt Scott, the Euro RSCG-owned direct marketing agency, is launching a sister operation in Leeds, to be headed by two directors from WWAV Rapp Collins North.
Ashley Bolser and Jane Ison, who are negotiating their departure from WWAV North this week, will be joined at EHS Bolser Ison by a creative team from WWAV North, Andy Hair and Adrian Mullen. The group will first acclimatise themselves to EHS in London before setting up in the North.
The new operation will work independently of the London agency, though it will be able to draw on its resources. Terry Hunt, the executive creative director of EHS, said: "We're delighted to be backing such a high quality team which shares our business values and ambitions for direct marketing."
It is understood that Bolser is on six months' notice, but it is unclear as to how much of the period he will be required to serve. Ison is due to go on maternity leave shortly, so she too is not expected to join EHS for some time. Ison has been with the WWAV group for ten years, apart from a 22-month period spent at Richardson Pailin & Fallows in the middle.
The departure of Bolser and Ison causes no problem for WWAV North, according to its managing director, Helen Simpson. "We've never been about one or two individuals," she explained, "but about teamwork. We're sorry to see them go, but some senior hirings made recently will more than balance out the loss."
EHS North will compete at a regional level with the likes of Judith Donovan Associates, Poulter Direct and McCann-Erickson Manchester, as well as WWAV North.