Marketing Birmingham bolsters Executive Management Team

New directors to boost services to region.

Marketing Birmingham, the region’s strategic marketing and inward investment agency, has appointed two new executive directors.

Dr Richard Hutchins has been appointed Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy, with Nicola Hewitt joining as Commercial Director.

Nicola Hewitt brings a strong commercial background with her, having held international marketing roles with Codemasters and Brintons Carpets. Hewitt will lead Marketing Birmingham’s business attraction and business growth teams.

Richard Hutchins is currently a Director of Warwick Manufacturing Group. Prior to that he was Deputy Chief Executive at the regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands. Richard has a commercial background in the food sector including Business Director for IGD, the UK’s leading research, education and training organisation for the food industry.

Commenting on the new appointments, Neil Rami, Chief Executive of Marketing Birmingham, said: “Richard and Nicola will bring a comprehensive mix of public and private sector experience with particular expertise in business development and economic planning. It is critical that Marketing Birmingham continues to provide exemplary service to its customers and responds positively to the changing regional political geography. In Nicola and Richard we have two people who I am sure will make a significant contribution to the region’s economic prospects.”

Paul Kehoe, Chairman of Marketing Birmingham, added: “The Board of Marketing Birmingham is keen to ensure the company continues to play a significant role in attracting investment to Birmingham and the wider region. In Nicola and Richard we have two talented individuals that will complement the existing strengths of the company’s management team and will add further capacity and capability at a key moment in the organisation’s development.”

Richard and Nicola will take up their new roles in early April 2016.