David Kester to step down from Design Council chief executive role
David Kester, chief executive of the Design Council, has announced that he will step down in June following nine years in the role.
Madeline Denmead, COO, will handle the day to day running of the organisation until a successor is found, while Kester will focus on major policy projects and special events.
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.”