DISTINGUISHED Exmoor advertising manager Robin Wight has been named to the Queen’s Birthday Honors List as the new Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to diversity in the industries creative.
Robin was co-founder of advertising agency Wight Collins Rutherford Scott in 1979 and served as chairman of its parent company Engine until 2019.
He created the Ideas Foundation more than 20 years ago, to encourage young people from different backgrounds to join the creative industries, having found that they were underrepresented.
Since 2000, more than 50,000 young people have taken part in creative learning sessions, facilitated by the Ideas Foundation, at schools and colleges in Cumbria, Leeds, Manchester, Somerset and London.
These are supported by brands such as Burberry, Canon, Nike, BBC and ITV, and creative input from leading agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather, Engine, Adam&Eve DBB, BBH, Karmarama and Saatchi and Saatchi.
Over the past two months, the Ideas Foundation has worked with 13 schools across the country, including four around Taunton, where young people have come up with ideas to celebrate the special qualities of Her Majesty The Queen.
One of the final ten was produced by students from Bridgewater College Academy when they worked on a day-long session with 100 students from four Somerset schools, and will be posted on various Adshel posting sites this week around of Taunton.