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Cabe boss steps down

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The director of the Cabe team at the Design Council, Nahid Majid, has left the organisation after just 10 months in the high-profile role

Majid, who previously worked for Turner and Townsend and The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, expressed ‘regret’ over the departure.

A Design Council spokesperson said the Cabe team would now report directly to the organisation’s new chief executive John Mathers.

In a statement, they said: ‘Nahid Majid will leave the Design Council and John Mathers will lead the highly experienced management team made up of Kathy MacEwen, head of planning and enabling; Alan Thompson, head of design review; and David Waterhouse head of programme development. Our work on the built environment will continue to be supported by our network of built environment experts.

‘We thank Nahid for her work and commitment to embedding the Cabe team at Design Council over the last 10 months. It is testament to her achievements that the role of design in the built environment is increasingly receiving greater recognition.’

In a letter to members of the organisation’s built environment experts framework, Majid praised Cabe for becoming a ‘self-sustaining business’ following the withdrawal of government funding.

She said: ‘The CABE team that I have led on has worked hard this year to re-establish a presence in thought leadership in promoting and delivering good design, to grow as a self-sustaining business, and to also integrate into the Design Council and the challenges that this brings.

She added: ‘The most rewarding aspect of the job has been the heartfelt support of so many external stakeholders and the generosity that they have extended in support of my role as director of CABE. My hope is that CABE will be able to receive the support it needs and continues to deliver services with integrity for the public good.’

Majid’s stepping down follows the departure of the Design Council’s chief executive David Kester and policy director Tony Burton in the last twelve months. Majid replaced Diane Haigh as Cabe’s director in February this year.

The organisation will publish its guidance for nationally significant infrastructure project applicants early next year along with its response to the inclusion of design review in the National Planning Policy Framework and its updated guidance on design review for local authorities, developers and communities.

A series of seminars planned by Cabe for 2013 will start by looking at large scale housing growth.

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