Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden among Design Council trustees

The Design Council has announced its new board of trustees, which features Simon Waterfall of Fray alongside Wayne Hemingway and businesswoman Deborah Meaden of BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den fame.

Sir Martin Temple, who conducted a review into the Design Council’s future last year, is named as the chairman of the trust board, while former Cabe chairman Paul Finch has been named as deputy chairman and chairman of Design Council Cabe.

The Design Council says former chairman Lord Bichard will ‘continue to be closely involved’ with the council and will chair the policy forums announced in the Temple Review. The first forum will be a summit on Design for Growth on 23 June.

The other trustees are: Pam Alexander, chief executive of the South East England Development Agency; architect Rab Bennetts; Sandeep Dwesar, chief operating officer of the Barbican Centre; architect Jim Eyre; Sir Mark Jones, outgoing director of the Victoria and Albert Museum; Mark Reichmann, design director of Aston Martin; and Peter Williams, former chief executive of Selfridges.

The new board will be responsible for the governance of the Design Council, including setting the vision and strategy, acting as guardians of the assets and ensuring that the objectives of the charity continue to be met in the public interest.

Temple says, ‘That such an influential group of people have volunteered to lead the Design Council at this important time says a lot about the relevance of the mission to the UK and the interest in bringing the full spectrum of design together.

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