We’ve continued to show how design offers practical solutions which deliver real results on the ground, particularly in these difficult economic times.

Martin Temple CBE, Design Council Chairman

Annual reports


We are an independent enterprising charity. Our income is derived from a combination of grants, partnerships and paid-for services.

We receive a grant from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to deliver programmes aimed at driving up the use of design as a strategic tool. In addition we generate income from our services based on design coaching, advisory and other activities, which are delivered to business, local and national government departments and trusts.

For full details of our accounts, please see our annual reports.


We are governed by an unpaid board of trustees. They set our strategic direction, monitor the delivery of our objectives, and uphold our values and governance. They also guide, advise and support our Chief Executive, who leads the senior management team towards achieving our vision and purpose. The Chairman of the board of trustees is Martin Temple.