The leading northern advertising practitioner, Win Offland, died last
week aged 60.
Offland, who was chairman of the Manchester-based agency, BDH, and a
fellow of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, was suffering
She held offices within the IPA’s northern branch for 16 years. From
1976 to 1981, Offland was honorary secretary/treasurer. She took up the
post of chairman - with an ex-officio seat on the IPA council - from
1981 to 1983, holding the same position again from 1983 to 1988.
Offland did a further two years as chairman, with a seat on the IPA
council, from 1988 to 1990.
Nick Phillips, the director general of the IPA, said: ‘Win was a very
special person. She was a key figure in the successful growth of BDH,
but somehow found the time to put energy and kindness back into the
industry in her work for the IPA, NABS, the Manchester Publicity
Association and many other bodies. The abiding memory is of the warmth
and affection that Win engendered throughout the business. She was the
leading lady of Manchester advertising for more than two decades.’
Offland, who was married with three children, received the rare honour
of an MPA gold medal last year.
Her funeral took place this week.
David Blythe, the secretary of the IPA’s northern branch, said: ‘She was
a key figure in the North for decades. Not only was she a leading light
in advertising, but a selfless person who brought up a family. She was a
high-flyer and totally reliable. She was a colleague and a friend.’