The Design Council’s Director of Policy & Communications Tony Burton has been made redundant, having completed just six months in the role.
According to Burton and the Design Council, it was felt there was duplication between the roles of Burton and incoming chief executive John Mathers.
‘I have enjoyed my all too brief immersion in the design world and am a convert to the power of design thinking’, says Burton. Inevitably, I am disappointed by the way things have unfolded, having been head-hunted for the role there as Director of Policy & Communications just six months ago.’
He adds, ‘I hope the Design Council (including Cabe) staff succeed in establishing the organisation on an independent and sustainable footing.’
Burton’s duties will now be carried out by Design Council chief operating officer Madeline Denmead in the short term, until Mathers moves to a full-time role at the end of October.