Design is fundamental to both business and society. Our aim, as we move forward under a new strategic plan, is to ensure that design receives the recognition it deserves.

Terry Tyrrell, Chair, Design Council

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, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 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 above.


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 Chair of the board of trustees is Terry Tyrrell.