With the merger, the Design Council ceases to be a non-governmental organisation and gains charitable status. The new trustees will form the bulk of a board of ten trustees that, says Design Council chief executive David Kester, ‘will have ultimate responsibility for the charity’.
They will join four other trustees, two of whom will be members of the Design Council’s previous council, with two being former Cabe commissioners. The 15-strong council and the commission will both be disbanded on merger.
Kester was unable to name the trustees who will move across to the new organisation as invitations can only issued on 31 March. They are though expected to include eminent business people and practitioners in architecture and design.
The search for candidates has been put in the hands of a head-hunter. But an external panel comprising Sir John Sorrell, a former chairman of both the Design Council and Cabe, David Frost, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, and Baroness Janet Whitaker have been brought in to oversee the recruitment process.