Rick Lyon has joined Meehan Media & Comms as communications director from Bishop Burton College, where he was marketing director and a member of the Strategic Leadership Group.
Rick will work closely with managing director and founder John Meehan to build on the agency’s exceptional track record of supporting businesses at the heart of the region’s exciting resurgence and to accelerate the company’s growth.
Meehan Media & Comms has worked with global giants Siemens and RB as they have delivered the region’s most significant investments in decades.
The business handled all local and regional media and communications for Siemens Gamesa’s £310m offshore wind manufacturing, assembly and logistics centre in Hull and is now the regional PR partner for the £200m rail manufacturing facility being developed by Siemens Mobility in Goole. Meehan Media & Comms also delivered PR and media relations for the recent opening of RB’s £105m Science and Innovation Centre in Hull.
Prominent local clients include commercial property developer Wykeland Group and housebuilder Beal Homes, including all PR, communications and social media activity for the Wykeland Beal joint venture driving the £80m regeneration of Hull’s Fruit Market waterfront district.
Other clients include engineering business Spencer Group; place marketing agency Marketing Humber; employer-led school Ron Dearing UTC; modular specialist Integra Buildings; software supplier APD Communications; smart tech company Sauce; Beverley Racecourse; and Hull Minster.
Meehan Media & Comms colleagues, from left, Paul Johnson, John Meehan, Janey Revill, Katy Stevens and Rick Lyon hold a meeting at Thieving Harry’s café in the Fruit Market.
Rick, a highly experienced and skilled PR, media and marketing executive, joins the core Meehan Media & Comms team of John Meehan; digital director Janey Revill; PR executive Katy Stevens; and digital consultant Paul Johnson.
A multi-award winning former journalist, Rick spent 14 years at the Hull Daily Mail, holding key positions including chief reporter and news editor. For the past five years he has been marketing director and a member of the senior team at Bishop Burton College.
John, a former editor of the Hull Daily Mail, said: “We’re delighted to bring Rick on board. His experience and skills add considerably to our already unrivalled expertise within the Hull and Humber region to deliver highly effective PR and communications activity and campaigns.
“We’re proud to be the comms partner of choice for the region’s biggest inward investors and many of the area’s leading businesses who are at the forefront of the area’s regeneration.
“Rick’s appointment provides the additional capacity and capability to build on our success and grow further.”
Rick said: “This is a great opportunity for me to join a PR and communications consultancy with an outstanding track record and unrivalled client roster.
“Hull and the Humber is enjoying unprecedented and ongoing investment and Meehan Media & Comms has played a positive and important role as the area’s leading PR and communications provider.
“I’m really excited by the opportunities we have to work with existing and new clients who are leaders within the region and in their industries.”
Meehan Media & Comms is based at the C4DI tech hub in Hull’s vibrant Fruit Market urban village where it has access to a host of tech specialists, including animators and digital marketers, to supplement the team’s media, communications and social media skills.
John added: “Rick’s appointment marks an important stage in the development of the business.
“We’ve grown consistently year on year, expanding our client base and range of services, including social media management, which is a significant and fast-growing part of our business. We now deliver all social media activity for the Fruit Market, Beal Homes, Integra Buildings and Ron Dearing UTC, as well as contributing to several other social media accounts.
“We’re focused on adding to our client portfolio and continuing to develop our multimedia services.”
In addition to his new role, Rick will continue as owner and editor of independent publication The Hull Story, which he will run as a separate venture.