Andrea Kirkwood, Client Service Director, at Avian

DUNDEE design agency Avian has bolstered their senior team with the appointment of Client Services Director, Andrea Kirkwood following recent growth.

The news comes hot on the heels of a rebrand and repositioning of the creative consultancy which sees Avian now sitting alongside sister companies Blue 2 Digital, Kolabo, and recently acquired, Ginger PR, under the ALTAR Group name.

Andrea joins the Avian team with over 20 years of award-winning, design and project management experience; working with brands such as Highland Park whisky, Edrington Group, The Glenlivet, Direct Line Life Assurance and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

With expertise in new packaging development for luxury brands and brand activation, Andrea’s skillset brings a new dimension to Avian’s growth ambitions as the consultancy seeks to expand its portfolio of clients in the food & drink sector.

Andrea Kirkwood, Client Service Director, said: “This is an exciting time to join Avian and ALTAR Group, an agency that has managed to navigate the waters of a pandemic, delivering inspiring work and bold campaigns while also undergoing a rebrand of their own. Over the last 20 years I have focused my design career on bespoke packaging design and development working with clients across a broad spectrum of industries. I am looking forward to using that expertise to enhance Avian’s client base and reputation.”

Working with businesses across the UK repositioning and revitalising their image through branding and graphic design, Avian’s reputation has won them projects with clients including, Walkers Shortbread, The Forth Bridges, Gillies Furniture, Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC), and Verdant Spirits. Avian was also the agency selected to work on the design activation for the popular Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail.

Scott McCallum, Chief Executive, ALTAR Group, said: “Andrea’s wealth of experience makes her an exciting addition to our highly talented team. Her sector knowledge and profile within the Scottish Food & Drink sector is unrivaled having achieved the prestigious ‘World Whiskies Award’ in 2017 for ‘World’s Best Design’ for Highland Park Whisky. This significant appointment further cements our strong position, continuing ALTAR Group’s growth strategy. The group is in a fantastic place right now following several recent client wins. ALTAR is going from strength to strength and we look forward to what the future holds.”