Rachel Walker, head of planning at Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters, is
leaving the agency after six years to set up her own planning
She will officially leave on 15 October after which Gary Duckworth,
chairman and executive planning director, will take overall
responsibility for the seven-strong planning department. The agency
has no immediate plans to hire a replacement.
’Rachel is an excellent strategic thinker and I have no doubt that she
will be hugely successful,’ Michael Finn, managing director at Duckworth
Finn, said. ’We are absolutely delighted that her first project as a
freelance consultant will be for Duckworth Finn.’
Finn was unable to release details on what the project is, but did say
it would involve helping the agency to develop its business
Walker said: ’I’m grateful to Duckworth Finn for giving me the chance to
become a planning director at the age of 28, but now I’m looking forward
to broadening my field of opportunity.’
Walker, 31, is best known for her work on the Health Education
Authority’s drugs education campaign.
It won the Grand Prix at the IPA Advertising Effectiveness Awards in
November last year.
The print and radio work took drugs education from ’just say no’ to
’know the score’, and aimed to encourage people to take decisions
about drugs based on fact rather than hearsay.
It was based on research that showed that although young people want to
talk about drugs, they don’t trust adults to provide reliable
Walker also helped the agency to win two more IPA awards for its work on
the Daewoo business.
Duckworth added: ’Rachel has made an enormous contribution to the
agency’s success and has played a major part in establishing
Duckworth Finn’s planning reputation.’