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Design Council announces new Board of Trustees

Dezeen Wire:
the Design Council in the UK have announced a new Board of Trustees, following their merger with CABE in April.

Here are some more details from the Design Council:

Design Council announces new Board of Trustees


The Design Council has announced the appointment of its new Board of Trustees
including influential thinkers and globally respected names from the worlds of design, business, the built environment, arts and education.

The full list of trustees follows.

Chair of the Trust Board: Martin Temple, CBE, businessman and Chairman of the Engineering Employers Federation.

Deputy Chair and Chair of Design Council CABE: Paul Finch, design writer, critic and Director of the International Architecture Festival

Trustees in alphabetical order:

  • Pam Alexander, Chief Executive of SEEDA and ex-Chair of the Peabody Trust
  • Rab Bennetts OBE, architect, Board member of the UK Green Building Council
  • Sandeep Dwesar, COO and CFO of the Barbican Centre, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the London Symphony Orchestra
  • Jim Eyre, Architect and former President of the Architecture Association
  • Wayne Hemingway MBE, designer, commentator and broadcaster
  • Sir Mark Jones, outgoing Director of the V&A and Master of St Cross College Oxford.
  • Deborah Meaden, businesswoman, and panel member of 'Dragons' Den'
  • Marek Reichman, Design Director of Aston Martin
  • Simon Waterfall, award-winning and globally recognised digital designer
  • Peter Williams, businessman and ex-CEO of Selfridges

The appointments are part of the restructuring of the Design Council following the organisation’s merger with CABE and its change of status from being a public body to being a charity as of 1st April 2011.

The new Trust Board takes responsibility for the governance of the Design Council including setting the vision and strategy, acting as guardians of the assets and ensuring that the objectives of the charities continue to be met in the public interest.

Commenting on the new Trust Board, Martin Temple said:

“That such an influential group of people have volunteered to lead the Design Council at this important time says a lot about the relevance of the mission to the UK and the interest in bringing the full spectrum of design together. I am excited at the prospect of working with such a talented and expert group and am delighted that Paul Finch has agreed to be our Deputy Chair and Chair of Design Council CABE.”

Former Chairman, Lord Bichard will continue to be closely involved in the Design Council and will Chair the policy forums announced in Martin Temple’s Review to the Department of Business Innovation & Skills. The first of these forums will be a summit on Design for Growth, taking place on 23 June.

The first meeting of the Design Council’s new Board of Trustees takes place on Thursday 9th June 2011.


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