The Design Museum has made an unusual selection for its new chairman (see Vox Pop, opposite), given that the outgoing chairman has such an international name for design innovation and has led the museum successfully for the past five years.
But with the recent public fallouts over curatorial direction and the constant battle our museums have over funding, perhaps this appointment is a wise one.
With a main board already well served by eminent members of the design and arts community, perhaps a financial genius is what is required today, to support these creatives and to ensure they receive the backing and funding required to run and develop the Design Museum into a world class venue for innovation and design.
I know very little of Luqman Arnold, but given that he was responsible for the [Abbey] rebranding by Wolf Olins, perhaps he has a passion for design. This, together with the creatives already in place, may prove to be a winning formula. We wish him good luck.