The Design Council has named Nahid Majid OBE as new director of Design Council CABE.
Having trained as an urban designer, Majid has worked in urban regeneration for more than 20 years, leading high profile regeneration projects that have included the creation of the cultural quarter around Brick Lane in London.
She was has been a senior civil servant in government, leading on Area Initiatives and Communities and The City Strategy, Localism and Partnership agendas. In 2010, she was appointed director of Programme Development at The Mayors Fund for London, developing evidenced based programmes to combat poverty, aligning funding and commissioning joint services. She was urban renaissance manager for The Prince of Wales Foundation for The Built Environment before joining the private sector as associate director of Regeneration at Turner and Townsend Construction Management. She also won and ran the project to create the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, appointing architect David Adjaye.
David Kester chief executive of the Design Council, said: “We’re delighted to appoint Nahid to head up Design Council CABE. Her excellent track record of running complex programmes in the public and private sector, securing investment, attracting clients and working with leading architects, will be invaluable as Design Council CABE evolves its services to local authorities, developers and communities.”
Commenting on her appointment, Majid said: “I am very excited to join Design Council Cabe at an important moment in the organisation’s development and at a time of major changes in planning and the built environment. I look forward to working closely with the Design Council Cabe team and with government, developers and communities to ensure good design is at the heart of these changes.”