The Design Council has appointed former Barbican Centre director of
public affairs Ruth Hasnip as director of communications.
She replaces Martin Brown, who departed to become head of design
business development at Fishburn Hedges last year (PRWeek, 17 August
Hasnip joins after five years working for the London venue, and will
oversee the Design Council's marketing and IT divisions in addition to
Hasnip has no plans to change the Design Council's existing practice of
conducting PR and PA work in-house, with occasional projects handed out
to agencies depending on the need for specialised expertise.
'My biggest priority is to ensure that internal and external comms are
aligned and ensure that communications is not just seen as the delivery
division, but on the agenda for strategies from the start,' she
She reports to CEO Andrew Summers at the body, which was set up in 1944
to promote quality practice.