AMV BBDO names first head of Diversity

Diversity at AMV-Kelly_Knight

Kelly Knight has been named as AMV BBDO’s first Chief Diversity and HR Officer.

The media and marketing firm said she will have a brief to work with senior leadership at the agency to ramp up its work building a culture which is inclusive, celebrates and recognises diversity.

Diversity and cultural goals

Her responsibilities also include ensuring that AMV’s services and strategy are aligned to the agency’s cultural goals. She reports to Sarah Douglas, CEO.

Knight has spent her career working in human resources and was appointed by AMV as HR Director in 2006.

As well as championing HR initiatives at AMV, Knight is active in industry-wide campaigns to make careers in advertising more accessible to people who are under-represented.

She was part of the IPA’s Creative Skillset Working Party, which developed the first advertising apprenticeship in 2012, and is now a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships.

Knight also sits on the IPA’s Creative Pioneers Board and is a member of the association’s Future of Talent Strategy Group.

Diversity in DNA

“Diversity, equality and inclusion is in my DNA”, Knight said.

“From the moment I started at AMV I worked with the IPA to address the lack of diversity in our industry.

“I’m delighted that this is being formally recognised and I will strive to continue to work with my agency and the wider industry in the pursuit of equality.”

Sarah Douglas, Chief Executive at AMV BBDO, said: “Kelly is the consummate human resources professional.

“Along with that, she has a vision for how our industry in general, and AMV in particular, can build a more diverse workforce and a culture that is truly inclusive, as well as the skills to make her vision a reality.

“This promotion is recognition of her achievements as well as signifying the continuing commitment AMV has to building the best possible workplace. Congratulations Kelly, and here’s to many more years working together.”