Andrew Lindsay has announced that he is to step down from his role as executive creative director at the Union, the agency he co-founded with Simon Scott, Ian McAteer and Mark Reid in 1996.
In what is the end of an era for both Lindsay and the firm he leaves to pursue other business interests although will remain on hand in an advisory role for key clients.
Over the past 19 years the Union has grown to employ over 85 staff in Edinburgh and Leeds, generating a turnover of £12m serving clients such as the Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Scottish Widows, Sterling Furniture, Scottish Enterprise, Miller Homes, McEwan’s Ales and Weir Group.
Ian McAteer, The Union’s Chairman, said: “The Union would not be here if Andrew hadn’t had the vision. He’s led the agency’s creative output with passion and a firm belief in quality. There’s no doubt in my mind that when you combine his leadership at Faulds with his time at The Union, spanning 27 years, Andrew has been one of the major creative influences in the industry in Scotland.
“So many of today’s successful creatives were either recruited or given opportunities by Andrew. From Gareth Howells to Steve Drummond, Guy Vickerstaff to Adrian Jeffrey and Don Smith, to our own Ruth Yee and Michael Hart. “
Lindsay added: “The Union has been part of my life for so long it’s been sad to leave – but I will still be part of the agency – so I feel I have the best of both worlds. I’ll miss my partners, the people at the agency, and the clients. There’s no doubt I’ll miss the buzz.”
Michael Hart remains in place as The Union’s creative director following Lindsay’s departure, with Kyle Hardie as managing director and Mark Reid as planning director.