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Who do you think should succeed John Sorrell as Design Council chairman (name or type of persona) and what should be their remit?

“The role is clear. First, to ensure the growth and development of a healthy integrated design industry. Second, to promote it here and abroad. My man is someone who is totally and utterly selfless. Passionate about design, an internationalist, both inspiring to listen to and equipped with highly-developed listening skills.”

IAN COCHRANE, CHAIRMAN, TICEGROUP

“Martin Lambie-Nairn would get my vote as I think he would be taken seriously by designers and business people alike. His remit? I’m not sure. His first task? To let people in the industry know what the Design Council does.”

RICHARD MURRAY, DIRECTOR, WILLIAMS MURRAY HAMM

“The new chairman will need to lead and influence the Department of Trade and Industry. Someone with a broad knowledge of manufacturing and e-commerce. They would command the respect of the DTI and be internationally aware. Bill Moggridge of Ideo would make a great candidate.”

CLIVE GRINYER, HEAD OF PRODUCT DESIGN, TAG McLAREN AUDIO

“[Sorrell is] a hard act to follow… he or she must be an acknowledged design champion, a born campaigner and visionary, who knows the corridors of Westminster, and can keep the design community and business on the side of design. How about ITV’s Richard Eyre, Pearson’s Marjorie Scardino, or Tim Waterstone?”

DAVID KESTER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BRITISH DESIGN & ART DIRECTION

“Gary Hamel, a professor at London Business School. His remit would be to assist the industry in constantly challenging its role and its processes, and develop the business world’s understanding of what investment in creative thinking, design and innovation can bring.”

PATRICK BAGLEE, REALTIME STUDIO

“Ideally, someone who has good political contacts and an impressive commercial track record. I think it is unlikely that this person will come from within the current design community, or if he or she exists at all.”

IAN ROWLAND-HILL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, DESIGN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

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