Brian Boylan is a leading figure in the creative, business and cultural worlds. He has been a key part of Wolff Olins for more than 40 years, as a senior partner for 25 years and for the last 12 years as Chairman.
Under his leadership Wolff Olins has grown from a London-based European-focused business to a global business working with major international, regional and national enterprises via three hubs in London, New York and San Francisco.
During the same period the output of Wolff Olins has expanded its focus from purely communication and design to a much broader, impact led outlook – partnering with clients to shape strategic intention and purpose, create customer experience, develop organisational culture, and build the tools to deliver it all at scale.
Alongside his Chairman role Brian leads, and has led, many of Wolff Olins’ major client assignments in the commercial, cultural and not-for-profit world. GE, Unilever, Tate, RED, PwC, Adama, Dr. Reddy’s, Macmillan, Little Sun, Smithsonian, to name a few.
In all his work Brian is enthusiastic for, and concerned to bring together the social and the commercial for maximum mutual benefit and is constantly searching for new ways for clients to achieve that.
Outside WO Brian is engaged in contemporary culture. He was part of the founding board of Tate Modern for 8 years, was a UK Government Commissioner for Architecture and Environment for 8 years, as well as Chairman of the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.
Currently a board member of Artangel – a pioneering public art commissioning body, and of the Zablblodowicz Collection – a world leading contemporary art collection. Brian is also an Advisor to Tate, Serpentine Galleries, Sadlers Wells and Amanda Levete architects. Formerly advisor to Herzog and de Meuron.
Outside contemporary culture and business Brian is brought down to earth as a small farmer in the West of England.