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Built Environment communications specialists, Snapdragon Consulting, have appointed former HardHat Director and Cambridge News journalist, Ben Lee, to head up the company’s growing East of England office. At the same time, the company has also recruited locally-based former employee Will Savage to support a new push into the Midlands market building on an existing client base.

Ben, who also previously worked as a PR Manager at the Royal Town Planning Institute and as a Senior Journalist at Planning Magazine, joins Snapdragon having worked in Built Environment communications for over 10 years. In that time, he has built up a formidable client base in the East of England.

Having established the Cambridge office January 2016, the company has developed a client base including Hill Residential, Endurance Estates, Marshall Group Properties, Trinity College Cambridge, Cambridgeshire County Council and Tarmac.

Rebekah Paczek, Managing Director of Snapdragon Consulting said:

“The appointment of Ben to our Cambridge office represents the next phase of our expansion into the East of England market. Ben brings with him a wealth of experience, as well as an exceptional client book and an unrivalled set of regional contacts. We have deliberately recruited individuals with strong local connections and exceptional skillsets in our Cambridge office, as we seek to become the top Built Environment communications consultancy in the region. Ben’s appointment and the exceptional team we have assembled demonstrate that we are well on the way to meeting our goal. We are excited to welcome Will back to the team to support our efforts to expand into the Midlands market. Will’s experience in the local market will help us do that.”

Ben Lee, Director at Snapdragon Consulting commented:

“I am pleased to be joining Snapdragon at a time where there is so much happening in the East of England market. The devolution agenda and the strength of the local economy provides some excellent opportunities for the future of the region. Having a local base is hugely important for many clients who value the knowledge and expertise of those who understand and have experience in the region.”

Will Savage, Senior Account Manager, said:

“The Midlands has become one of the most attractive areas of the UK to invest. The arrival of HS2, the election of a directly-elected Mayor to the West Midlands Combined Authority along with the relocation of the likes of HSBC to Birmingham signal even more opportunities in the years ahead. Having already worked with Snapdragon Consulting I am excited to bring the company’s expertise to the Midlands, using my experience of working on some of the region’s biggest development projects.”