David Hornby leaves Smyle after five years

David Hornby has left his role as strategic consultant at events agency Smyle after completing his work on a 'five-year mission' towards the agency's growth.

David Hornby has left Smyle
David Hornby has left Smyle

Hornby, who first joined the agency in 2009, has worked on its ‘growth mission’, which included Smyle acquiring Pumphouse Productions earlier this year and helping the business triple in size. It is forecasting a record £11m turnover in 2015 after winning significant new clients in the IT, telco, financial and media sectors.

Hornby is founder and CEO of strategic consultancy Why Not UK, and will move on to new opportunities in the events and live communications industry.

Rick Stainton, Smyle Group’s managing director, said: "David has played a significant role in helping the board through our growth mission, the recessionary impact and a focus on growing up internally.

"The company now has different requirements of support for its next development phase and David also has multiple other new projects he needs to focus on. So we all wish him well and he leaves as a long-term friend of Smyle and also remains a shareholder." 

Hornby added: "It has been a real privilege to work with such an amazing team over the last five years. We developed a strong and clear vision for Smyle. Our team, partners and customers have helped us achieve this great success together. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rick, Matt, Dominic & Andrew along with all of the Smyle family for their enthusiasm and support during both the tough and great times we have shared together.

"But as with all things, there comes a time to move on. The events and live communications industry is changing rapidly and I look forward to the next opportunity and wish Smyle continued great success in the years to come."

More:

Top 50 Agencies: Smyle (21)

A List 2015: Jonathan Hamilton, Smyle

Agency Lowdown: Smyle stable grows with Pumphouse deal

• For more features, as well as breaking news, sign up to C&IT Magazine's daily Newstracker here

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
License to chill: Follow in Bond's footsteps

License to chill: Follow in Bond's footsteps

With new details about the latest filming locations in Jamaica released, we look at some of 007's previous business trips.

There is an industry expectation for people to 'work for free' to get experience

There is an industry expectation for people to 'work for free' to get experience

A-List 2019: AOK Events' senior account manager Louise O'Keeffe.

Top 6 incentive travel destinations named by CR Worldwide

Top 6 incentive travel destinations named by CR Worldwide

Game of Thrones location, an island dubbed the new Ibiza and a landlocked land of gorillas have all been tipped by incentive experts.

'A lot of clients use agencies as bait to get cross quotes, which isn't a fair way of working'

'A lot of clients use agencies as bait to get cross quotes, which isn't a fair way of working'

A-List 2019: Stephen McIntosh, head of experiential at Audience.

How to use influencer marketing for B2B events

How to use influencer marketing for B2B events

There are five key things to consider if you want to use the medium to its full potential, says Mariska Kesteloo from Word of MICE.

Which European city has the most bars, cafes and restaurants?

Which European city has the most bars, cafes and restaurants?

Study reveals the top UK and European cities for those wanting to eat and drink their way round a destination.

Last chance for early-bird entries to C&IT Awards

Last chance for early-bird entries to C&IT Awards

The deadline to enter the C&IT Awards at the early-bird entry price is Thursday 13 June.

'I don't think event management degrees know enough about real-life events'

'I don't think event management degrees know enough about real-life events'

A-List 2019: Fiona Kelly, senior project manager, The Turner Agency.

Experience12 hires three new staff in account management

Experience12 hires three new staff in account management

Agency brings in two new account managers and an executive to boost the London-based team.

Voice-activated entertainment systems and first-class cabins with three beds

Voice-activated entertainment systems and first-class cabins with three beds

Case study: Hamburg hosted 20th edition of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in April, full of the latest aviation innovations.

LATEST JOBS