Barksfield comes to Ignite after a four-year stint at events agency Brand Fuel, where he was a senior project manager working with brands such as Google, YouTube, One Young World and BMI.
Before this, he was a production manager at special effects experts Time Slice Films.
Barksfield has clients including the Festinho charity festival, Action for Brazil’s Children Trust and John Henrys, a backline hire company.
Paul Saville, client services director of Ignite, said: "Ru has a wide range of experience and has worked with world class brands. We have brought him on board to help us drive the agency forward as we continue to invest in the latest innovations and technologies to help us deliver the best possible results for our clients. With almost seven years of experiential, event marketing and project management expertise, Ru combines creativity with a keen business mind, making him a perfect fit for Ignite."
Barksfield said: "Ignite's work is world class and the sheer scale and quality that the team consistently outputs is phenomenal. Their ambition to be the best experiential agency on the market delivering consistently excellent results, tells me that this is the ideal home for me."