Mellors Reay & Partners has parted company with Paul Richards, the
managing director it hired two years ago to take charge of its
Richards cleared his desk and quit the agency on Monday after a meeting
with Carol Reay, the chief executive, and Tim Mellors, the chairman and
creative director. He has no job to go to and is understood to be
negotiating a financial settlement.
Mellors commented: ’Paul is an honest hard worker and we wish him the
best for the future.’
Richards said: ’I’ve enjoyed Mellors Reay enormously but have done all I
can there and it’s important to recognise when it’s time to move
Richards joined in the summer of 1996 from Leagas Shafron Davis, where
he was client services director, with a brief to take control of the
internal organisation of the agency and allow Reay and Mellors to build
business and develop its profile.
But it is believed the professional relationship between Richards and
Mellors failed to flourish.
Reay said the agency had shortlisted an internal and an external
candidate for Richards’ job and hoped to make an appointment within the
next two weeks.