Design Council govt and comms director to leave

The Design Council is seeking a government and communications

director to replace Martin Brown, who is leaving the DTI initiative to

take up a newly created post at Fishburn Hedges.

He is to become the agency's head of design business development, with a

brief to give strategic design advice to blue-chip clients - including

Shell and The Woolwich.

'I will embed design planning and management advice, such as the role of

design in meeting corporate social responsibility objectives, or

improving stakeholder communication,' said Brown, who will to report

Chris North, FH head of design.

'I will also be building on the agency's profile as both a PR and design

consultancy,' added Brown, who takes up the post in November.

During his seven years at the Design Council, Brown spearheaded several

initiatives, including last year's DoE scheme to involve parents more

closely in their children's schooling.

His replacement will report to CEO Andrew Summers, and will work with

the DC's various partners, who include business organisations,

government departments and agencies and educational bodies. National and

international event organising is also a key task.

Funded by DTI grants, the Design Council was founded by Sir Winston

Churchill's government in 1944. Its task then, as now, was to raise the

importance of design in communications.

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