Parker Williams has appointed Jo Saker (pictured), currently executive design director at Blue Marlin, to the position of creative director. Saker leaves Blue Marlin this week and will take up her new role in January.
Consequently, Parker Williams co-founder and creative director Tamara Williams moves into a chairing role, in an effort to better champion both the strategic vision for the consultancy, as well as to provide leadership for its specialist retail business.
At Blue Marlin, Rob Riley, former freelance and design director at Dew Gibbons, has been appointed as creative director of the London studio, to start this week.
According to Blue Marlin’s executive creative director Martin Grimer, Riley is not a replacement for Saker, as his role is more senior. Saker will not be directly replaced – Grimer says that he will be looking for more ‘middleweight’ people to expand the team, as opposed to bringing in a design director.
Saker joined Blue Marlin in 2005. Prior to this, she free lanced for Vibrandt for nine months, and was also creative director at the then Enterprise IG.
Parker Williams managing director Kate Bradford says, ‘Having worked with Jo before, I know that her passion for great design and her understanding of brands will be a terrific asset to us.’
Riley has held previous roles at Design Bridge, where he worked for several years, Jones Knowles Ritchie and FutureBrand.