Outdoors Communications Agency Band of Birds appoint Account Director

Sheffield based creative content and communications agency Band of Birds have appointed Brian McAlinden as its Account Director.

Brian joins Band of Birds from leading UK indoor climbing centre, The Climbing Works, bringing with him a wealth of insight into the UK outdoor industry. This will support Band of Birds’ growing client base in meeting the future opportunities offered through the increased participation in outdoor sports and climbings inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games.

With over 12 years experience working in the outdoor industry, Brian has helped build the Climbing Works business and reputation on a local and international level as the industry has gone through an exceptional growth period. He also led the development of The Climbing Works International Festival into a major global climbing competition that attracts elite athletes from around the world with a huge crowd watching within the venue and online. Furthermore, he has been involved with Sheffield’s The Outdoor City project from its initial concept to gathering research and writing articles, and is a member of the steering group behind The Outdoor City Weekender event.

Brian says:

"It is a privilege to be joining the Band of Birds team as I have seen up close the exceptional results and marketing insight they can provide to their clients. It is an exciting time for the outdoors (brands, events and sports) with Sport England & Government strategy highlighting the outdoors as a key part towards a more active nation. Add in the recent announcement of Climbing being introduced to the 2020 Olympics and you have a potential growth area for those willing to grab the opportunity. Band of Birds are already working with a number of companies staying ahead of this curve and I am thrilled to bring my knowledge, skills and experience into the mix as we go into this exciting period"  

Jenny Brown, Band of Birds Communications Director says:

“Brian brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge and we are incredibly excited to welcome him into our team. A well respected and valued member of the outdoor community, Brian will join us in supporting outdoor brands to achieve meaningful engagement with their audiences using our distinctive approach of combining research with design and communications.”

For further information please contact:

jenny@bandofbirds.co.uk 0114 399 1012