Meg Pickard

Head of digital engagement at the Guardian Meg Pickard has announced she will be leaving the news outlet in order to carry out independent consultancy in the areas of engagement, social, community and collaboration.

In a post on her blog Pickard said that "from the start of 2013, I'll be raring to get my teeth into fresh challenges", and will be "starting conversations with interested parties, partners, collaborators and companies throughout the autumn and winter".

She said after almost six years with Guardian News and Media, she has now decided to start "independent consulting and project work in the areas of digital engagement, social strategies, product innovation, community practice and creative collaboration".

"As you may know, I've been working in this broad area for over 15 years now as practitioner, strategist and academic, with a range of big-name brands, non-profits and startups, but my curiosity and passion for it has endured and even intensified as technologies, media and societies continue to evolve."

A Guardian spokesperson said the company "wishes her all the best in the future with what she goes on to do".

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