Former DADA chief Laura McIlquham joins Beattie

Laura McIlquham, former head of PR for Glasgow-based PR, design and events agency DADA, has joined creative comms group Beattie to take on a senior account director role in Scotland.

McIlquham has more than 15 years’ PR experience and she will work with Scottish director Joanne Spence and her 50-strong team on the day-to-day management of accounts and campaigns, as well as helping Beattie expand its client portfolio.

She started her career at Reekie PR (now Freshwater UK), before moving over to DADA in 2003. From 2005, she held the position of head of PR at the agency, overseeing offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In 2010, McIlquham set up her own freelance PR consultancy. During this time, she also lectured in PR and marketing at Glasgow Caledonian University and City of Glasgow College.

Spence said: “Laura has a fantastic, weighty background in PR with many years at a senior level. She is extremely well placed to help guide our team in Scotland and grow the office’s already enviable client list. As a business we are aggressively moving forward in our expansion plans, both in terms of new recruits and clients.

“Over the next 12 months we will be targeting more new business as we look to grow and Laura’s experience and creativity will perfectly support those plans.”

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