The moves sees her taking over from John Mathers who retired at the end of 2016. She will take the Design Council into an exciting new phase, building on its current success and developing new programmes and services.
Weir’s career has spanned the public, private and third sectors having most recently been interim Executive Producer at the Roundhouse, home of the Rothschild collections. Starting her career as a broker at Lloyd’s of London, she went from office junior to Managing Director at Aldgate Group Brokers; making her the first female MD in Lloyd’s.
Leaving the City behind, in 1997 Weir joined the Royal Academy of Arts as Fundraising Director, and then onto the Almeida Theatre as Executive Director.
During 2003-07 She was the Executive Director at the Arts Council England where she first became involved in the London 2012 Olympics.
From 2008 until the start of the 2012 Games, Weir was Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy at the Olympic Delivery Authority, developing and overseeing the delivery of the permanent, integrated ‘Art in the Park’ programme.
In 2011, Weir was awarded an OBE for services to the arts and was made Director of Arts and Culture at the London Legacy Development Corporation. She continued to oversee the continuation of artistic interventions in the Olympic Park and, in tandem, created and led the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park charity, The Legacy List, which commissioned and supported arts, culture, education and skills programmes creatively connecting people to the Olympic Park, and the Park to its surroundings. Now called Foundation for Future London, it is responsible for the development of Olympicopolis, the arts and cultural quarter in east London.
Terry Tyrell, Design Council Chairman, says; “Throughout her career she has pushed boundaries, transformed organisations and developed a unique insight to the private, public and voluntary sector.”
Ahead of her move to take up her position in April later this year Weir said: . Looking at the significant challenges of our age, it is clear that the work of Design Council is as relevant today, and in the years to come, as it was at its inception in post-war Britain.”