Bates UK has been hit by a raft of departures from its creative
department amid controversy over plans to merge its above and
below-the-line creative departments (Campaign, 16 July).
The most senior team members to leave, the creative directors, Paul
Diver and Alan Morris, will join Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy as deputy
creative directors. They are working out their notice period.
It is the first time Mustoe Merriman has appointed outsiders as
The pair, who worked on Heinz and the Royal Mail at Bates, will work
with the creative director, John Merriman, managing the creative
It is understood that they will hold an equity stake in the agency.
Nick Simons and Ruth Jacks are also leaving Bates, where they worked on
Superdrug,to join St Luke’s as senior creatives. Their appointment
follows a year-long search, according to Kate Stanners, St Luke’s joint
Suzy Warren and Georg Thesman, who are also quitting Bates, take up new
roles at HHCL & Partners.
Pat Scavell, the Bates head of art buying, is also leaving, this time to
join McCann-Erickson in the same position. She was at Bates for over ten
years. Scavell starts her new job on 1November.
Graham Hinton, chairman of Bates, said: ’It’s an unfortunate coincidence
of timing that we happen to lose some talent we rate. We are actively
seeking replacements and wish them well.
’We have talented groups here so it’s difficult when offers like the one
from Mustoe Merriman come along for us to match it. It won’t be easy to