Tayburn McIlroy Coates creative director Andrew Hunter is leaving to join fellow Edinburgh consultancy Redpath Design as a design director.
Hunter, who handed in his notice on Monday and will move by the end of the summer, was approached by Redpath managing director Richard Irvine. He will work alongside design director Iain Lauder, who was a former senior designer at McIlroy Coates.
It is just over a year since Hunter became part of the Tayburn Group when it took over McIlroy Coates. Hunter says the size of the group has been a factor in his decision to leave. “The idea of a small consultancy appealed. This is not a criticism of Tayburn. I want to focus on what I believe I’m good at,” he says.
Irvine says the capture of Hunter is the first step of a bigger expansion for the 15-month-old, seven-strong Redpath, which is affiliated to the Faulds advertising group: “We will be recruiting more designers,” he adds.
Tayburn chief executive Erick Davidson says: “We are relaxed about this. It’s no big deal for us.”
Davidson says Hunter will not be directly replaced: “Andrew was one of three creative directors and we don’t see the need to recruit anyone. We have a lot of other talented people here.”