Manchester Evening News journalist Alex Bell, pictured left, as been appointed as head of media at Roland Dransfield PR.
Alex, 30, has spent the past three years as a business journalist at the MEN, where he served as a crime reporter for five years prior to that.
Said Alex: “I’m really excited about joining Roland Dransfield. The agency has a great reputation for quality delivery and also has ambitious growth plans in place.
“I have a lot of respect for managing director Lisa Morton and associate director Caroline Aspinall, who I was lucky enough to have worked with during a brief spell early on in my career at the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo.”
He added: “Being here feels like a natural move, my colleagues are great and it’s exciting to already be working with the interesting businesses that RDPR has as clients.
“I’m also still very much working within the business community and have a lot of relationships and contacts within the region, who I will hopefully continue to work with, just in a slightly different way.”
Lisa Morton, Managing Director at Roland Dransfield, said: “Alex is an expert at building audiences and creating communities through storytelling, and as a former journalist has an acute nose for a story and what will get into print.
“He is also extremely well-connected and will use his extensive media contacts and knowledge of the modern newsroom for the benefit of all our clients.”