Kinneir Dufort regenerates for growth


Today we announce that we have successfully completed a management buyout to launch a “third generation” of our award-winning business.

Founded by Ross Kinneir and Francis Dufort in 1977, Kinneir Dufort executed a previous MBO in 2002 to fuel its growth and development. Now we comprise a team of 75, with a greatly expanded expertise base covering: Research, Innovation, Human Factors, UX, Brand and Packaging, Product Design, Engineering, Prototyping and Technology.  

The transition, which has been planned for a number of years, sees Client Director Merle Hall take over as Managing Director supported by Craig Wightman, who expands his role to that of Executive Design Director.  The leadership team are supported by an experienced team of heads of sector and expertise. 

Commenting on the transition, Merle Hall and Craig Wightman said:

We are privileged and delighted to be able to launch a regenerated version of Kinneir Dufort.  We’re both immensely proud of what Kinneir Dufort has achieved to date, and are equally excited about realising our potential and achieving greater things in the future.