Release date: 7 June 2011
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.
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 World 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 and Guildhall School of Music & Drama
- 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:
“I am delighted to be the chairman of the new charity which brings together two great organisations. We enter a very new era for Design Council and CABE which will present us with many challenges, but above all, enormous opportunities. Our mission will be to ensure that design, architecture, science, technology and the built environment play a major role in the growth agenda for Britain. I have an outstanding group of board members to assist me and the executive team in this important task.”
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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For more information please contact:
Nigel Campbell, Head of Communications, Design Council on 0207 420 5282 / 07825 442339 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustee biographies are available on request