Moves & Changes

A fortnightly round-up of moves, changes and appointments in the design world.


Bell has been appointed to the marketing partner services contract with the University of Reading, becoming the university’s strategic design partner agency.

IBM has announced plans to acquire Aperto, a digital service provider in Germany and Europe, to join IBM Interactive Experience (IBM iX). IBM says Aperto will support its strategic expansion in the largest economy in Europe. 

Consultancy A Fine Studio has been set up in Norwich by three former members of the Virgin Money creative studio team. They are now based at the Norwich University of the Art’s new start-up workspace, the Ideas Factory.

London consultancy Pollitt & Partners has become a 100% employee-owned trust. The corporate restructure for the 28-year-old consultancy came into effect on 01 January 2016.


Stack has appointed James Champ to the role of planning director. Previously the planning director at Rapier, Champ was also the planning director at The Communications Agency and the head of planning at iris.


Branding consultancy The Clearing has appointed Nick Liddell as its new director of consulting. Nick joins The Clearing from agency Dragon Rouge, having previously worked at Interbrand. His arrival signals a restructure for The Clearing’s strategic team with Richard Buchanan, previous director of consulting and one of the business’s founders, moving into a newly-created managing director role. Stephen Lang has been promoted from senior consultant to director of business development.

AKQA has appointed Wayne Deakin as executive creative director at its London office. He will report into international executive creative director Duan Evans. Wayne will look after the London creative team alongside executive creative director Masaya Nakade and head of experience design Rob McIntosh. 

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