NEWS: Larkin retires as director of NABS

Denise Larkin is to retire from NABS by the end of this year, bringing to a close her 11 years at the helm of the industry charity.

Denise Larkin is to retire from NABS by the end of this year, bringing

to a close her 11 years at the helm of the industry charity.



Larkin joined NABS in the welfare department 14 years ago, becoming its

director three years later. Since then, she has presided over huge

changes at the charity.



When Larkin joined, NABS was mainly a benevolent society, offering

welfare to members of the industry who had fallen on hard times, as well

as running retirement homes for the elderly.



However, the modern-day charity exists as much for the young as the old,

with such initiatives as a job shop for those looking for employment and

a helpline offering advice and counselling on anything from legal

contracts to personal relationships.



Ron Miller, the NABS president, said: ‘Denise has literally transformed

NABS from a charity almost exclusively preoccupied with the aged, to a

young, vibrant organisation. She also dragged NABS into the 21st

century. She has won the admiration and respect of all of us. We owe her

an enormous debt of gratitude and we wish her all the happiness she so

richly deserves in her retirement.’



Lyndy Payne, founder of the Advertising Agency Register and a member of

the general management committee of NABS, has worked with Larkin for

many years.



She said that Larkin would be missed as much for her likeable

personality as for her good work: ‘She’s wonderful in that she’s very

gentle but very positive. She’s outstanding in her understanding of

people and perception of their problems,’ Payne said.



Larkin plans to get more involved in the local community from her home

in Berkshire, as well as devoting more time to her family and her

passion for growing orchids. Before NABS, Larkin was the director of

personnel at Wasey Campbell Ewald.



NABS has already begun the search for a replacement through the

headhunter, Wendy Braverman Associates. Payne said the charity was

looking for someone with good interpersonal skills and preferably a

degree of experience in the advertising industry. Larkin will stay on at

NABS as long as it takes to find a suitable replacement.