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David Kester steps down from Design Council

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Design Council chief executive David Kester will step down this summer after nine years in the role

Kester, 47, will help chose his successor while chief operating officer Madeline Denmead will take over the day to day running of the organisation.

Kester said: ‘I have had an amazing time at the Design Council and am hugely proud of the talented team I have worked with and what we have achieved together.

‘Over the years it has been very fulfilling to see the programmes we have developed – such as our business coaching services and innovation challenges going from strength to strength and making a difference in industry and within the public sector.

‘The last eighteen months have been some of the most demanding and also rewarding as we have re-launched ourselves as an independent charity, merged with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), and most importantly, delivered so many great projects up and down the UK.

‘My initial plans are to take a holiday in the Summer.  I have been lucky to have been offered some short projects in business to keep me occupied while I think about what I will do next.’

Design Council chair Martin Temple added: ‘David has helped place design at the very heart of public policy.  He has been an inspiring advocate for design and a highly successful Chief Executive for the Design Council.

‘Thanks to his leadership and determination the Design Council has survived and thrived and so has its ground-breaking work with industry, public services and the planning system. I have asked David to work with me on the appointment of his successor. I am delighted he has agreed.’

The announcement comes more than a year after the organisation merged with CABE.

The Design Council and DC CABE will relocate to Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s Stirling Prize-shortlisted Angel Building in Islington this summer.

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