Dionne Griffith

business director

  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom



  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Visual Arts
  • Editing
  • Client Services
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Communications
  • Client Management
  • Creative Thinking
  • Copywriting

Work history


Business Director

United Visual Artists and Artisan

Oct 2014
  • New business, client relationship development and future commissions for artworks, installations and spatial design projects. Working with curators, marketing and brand directors, property developers architects and technology companies including Pace Development (Thailand), British Land, Nike, Bureau Betak, MONA, Fondation Cartier, Paris Opéra Ballet, Selfridges, FutureCity, Allies & Morrison, Google Creative Lab and AKQA.


Mar 2013 - Aug 2014
  • Wolff Olins has offices in London, Dubai, New York and San Francisco and works with clients across the world. Always with the business development objectives in clear view, this role covers the four offices and is about reputation management through: Developing and promoting thought leadership Curating and hosting events for target and current clients Nurturing relationships with potential collaborators Keeping the media up-to-speed on our latest thinking and projects Ensuring our teams is attending and speaking at conferences around the world


Senior Research Fellow

Central Saint Martins

Aug 2012 - Mar 2014
  • Part-time maternity cover for Senior Research Fellow, Fashion in Film


Marketing & Communications

Freelance Consultant

Sep 2009 - Mar 2013
  • Marketing consultant, copywriting and editorial advice for design, architecture, art and education sectors.


Communications & Business Development Director

Adjaye Associates

Mar 2007 - Jul 2009
  • External-facing role with responsibilities including: New business - writing bespoke proposals, competition entries and RFPs for major public buildings. - Client servicing and pitching to VIPs, HNWIs. - building teams and relationships with collaborators including artists, curators, museums, consultants - media relations (print, TV, radio and online internationally) Books publishing contracts, managing contributors, production, project management PR Building launches and competition wins Exhibitions (international touring exhibition launches, developing concepts and proposals for new shows in Europe, Japan and US) Special projects Promotion of pavilions, artworks, limited edition pieces, events Marketing materials, brand identity and digital media (strategy and implementation)




Sep 2001 - Feb 2007
  • Working with digital media studios, branding consultancies, graphic designers, industrial designers, arts organisations and architects, Dish offered marketing and communications expertise, strategic business understanding and experience in the brand development of creatively focused companies.


Communications Manager


Mar 1999 - Aug 2001
  • Internal and external communications, brand development and PR for Deepend London and Deepend Worldwide. Key achievements and responsibilities included: Brand & communications development strategy for Deepend London and worldwide offices in Rome, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Sydney. New business: Digital marketing strategies, client servicing, content and copywriting for arts/creative clients and consumer brands including: showSTUDIO, Royal College of Art, General Assembly for Selfridges, Jay Jopling/White Cube, Bass Brewers Creative reputation management & creative R&D Special projects and brokering sponsorship relationships with: Institute of Contemporary Art, RSA, D&AD, Designers Block, Hyper Island, The Sorrell Foundation/ joinedupdesignforschools, Open House, British Council, the Royal College of Art, Dazed & Confused External media relations and PR


Project Coordinator & New Business Assistant

Cartlidge Levene

Apr 1998 - Mar 1999
  • • Researching and collating information for client projects and PR • Assisting with new business pitches • Office management and organisational responsibilities for the design team and creative director • Print specification


Archives & Communications


Jul 1994 - Apr 1998
  • • Assisting the Partners with new business presentations and writing proposals • Writing project descriptions and the internal newsletter • Regular contact with clients: Swatch, United Airlines, Crafts Council and the Savoy Group • Profile-building projects and PR such as exhibitions, books, competitions • Pentagram Gallery – working with artists, organising private views, hanging and framing work



MA Paris Studies History and Culture

University of London, Paris

Sep 2010 - May 2011
  • MA Paris Studies History and Culture


Inspire; Curatorial Practices in Contemporary Arts and Culture

Arts Council, LCACE and Iniva

Jan 2006 - Dec 2006
  • Part-time course, part of the Inspire programme


English and History of Art

University of Leeds

Sep 1991 - May 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts, Joint Honours