Design Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Mann to a new role as Head of Programmes. Sarah – who will begin her post on 8 July – is currently Director of the Architecture Design Fashion team at the British Council. She has previously worked in senior roles for national organisations including The National Trust and Somerset House.

The Head of Programmes will play a vital role in developing Design Council’s well-established growth and innovation programmes, renowned for improving performance in the social, public and private sectors. Working with the senior management team, Sarah will continue to ensure that design is widely used as a way to address the major economic and societal challenges of our time, specifically in the areas of health and well-being, ageing, housing and place. 

Sarah Weir, Chief Executive of Design Council, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Sarah Mann to Design Council. Our growth and innovation programmes are all about helping organisations focus on what people actually need, rather than what these organisations assume people need. As a result, they can have a transformational impact across public, social and private sectors. With Sarah’s skills and experience, we look forward to building on the success of these programmes.” 

Speaking of her appointment, Sarah said: “I am incredibly excited to be joining the Growth and Innovation team at Design Council. There is a pressing need for organisations in all sectors to better meet the needs of the people they serve, and that’s where Design Council’s programmes play a vital role. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to develop this important body of work, as we highlight the fundamental role of design in making life better for everyone.”

For media enquiries, please contact Anstey Burnett, Senior Communications Manager: anstey.burnett@designcouncil.org.uk, 020 7420 5283.

Sign up to our newsletter

Receive news and event updates from Design Council.

Sign up

News & opinion

What happens when you bring 30 students together, living 5,976 miles apart, and ask them to... Back in October 2018, Joe McCullagh, Head of Design and Associate Dean at the Manchester School of Art, reached out to Design Council with a bold vision: he wanted to bring students from across the world together to form a global design studio and support them to develop ‘glocal’ design skills. Joe McCullagh, Head of Design and Associate Dean at the Manchester School of Art, reached out to Design Council with a bold vision.

Feature — 22/08/2019

V&A Innovate: Inspiring the next generation to become the designers of tomorrow We invited Helen Charman, Director of Learning & National Programmes at the V&A to tell us more about the launch of V&A Innovate, their school-based initiative that is seeking to inspire young people about the value of design skills to solve real world challenges and support teachers to... We invited Helen Charman, Director of Learning & National Programmes at the V&A to tell us more about the launch of V&A Innovate.

Feature — 20/08/2019

Catherine Horwill argues that housing planning needs people placed at the centre A fundamental re-think of how housing is planned, delivered and managed is needed. This should include innovation within the planning system, pursuing funding and financing alternatives and embracing the efficiencies of modern methods of construction. A fundamental re-think of how housing is planned, delivered and managed is needed.

Feature — 07/08/2019

Inclusive Design at the inaugural Festival of Place: Our CEO, Sarah Weir OBE, reflects on last... Design Council have long been advocating for a ‘whole-place’ and inclusive approach to how we plan our housing, communities, towns and cities. That’s why being part of the inaugural Festival of Place in July 2019 was a refreshing experience. Design Council have long been advocating for a whole-place and inclusive approach to how we plan our housing, communities, towns and cities

Feature — 07/08/2019

Resources