BJL co-creative director Pete Bastiman has left the Manchester-based agency after five years to return to Scotland to be with his family.
Bastiman, who has been at the agency for five years following a brief stint at TBWA\Manchester, left last week in order to spend more time with his family, who live in Edinburgh.
He explained the The Drum that after five years of travelling between Edinburgh and Manchester, the time had come to spend more time with his family, and that he had begun to work in a freelance capacity with former Robson Brown and Frame creative director David ‘Bish’ Ayelsbury.
Nicky Unsworth, managing director of BJL, explained that Bastiman’s creative partner Tom Richards would continue to oversee the creative department at the agency on his own.
“Tom will remain creative director and we won't be looking for a direct replacement for Pete – we have a very established creative department and a strong senior team within it, and Tom will continue to lead that team,” said Unsworth.
During his time at BJL, Bastiman has been highly involved in the creative industry within the regions and Scotland, winning several awards at the Roses Creative Awards as well.