Our Team

The Design Council team work together across strategic advice & policy, programme delivery, research & insight and corporate services to realise our goal of making life better by design. We collaborate closely with our world class associate network of 400+  experts and design associates to bring together the right team for every project.

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Design Council Expert Network

Design Council has a network of more than 400 built and natural environment experts who collectively embody the organisation’s commitment to make life better by design. This multi-disciplinary network – refreshed in April 2021 – consists of a wide range of active leaders and change makers from various professions, backgrounds and regions. It is an essential part of Design Council’s role in delivering design advice and support services in the built and natural environment and beyond.

Our expert network includes 34 ambassadors, 350 associates and specialists as well more than 20 corporate partners, representing a wide variety of skills, expertise and experience in the industry across the UK, including all nine regions in England. 

From April 2021 onwards this network of experts will join with Design Council’s design associates (see below), to form a dynamic community of practice which will share ideas, insights and develop exciting opportunities to collaborate. By bringing together increasingly diverse experts, social and business innovation, service and systemic design, this community of practice will be in a very strong position to respond positively and even more effectively to some of society’s most pressing challenges.

The full list of new corporate partners, associates and specialists can be seen here

Design Associates

Our Design Associates (DAs) bring a wide range of expertise to our design support work. This network is largely built up of independent design professionals working at the top of their field across public and private sector organisations including Virgin, Tesco, the NHS and Dyson. Find out more about how our DAs can help you tackle a design challenge here