Strong British presence on European design body

The chief executives of both the UK Design Council and the Design Business Association have been voted on to the board of the Bureau of European Design Associations, meaning that three of the 11 BEDA board members are from the UK.

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Source: mamamusings

The DBA’s Deborah Dawton, a former BEDA president, has been voted back on to the BEDA board as Secretary. She is joined by the Design Council’s John Mathers, who has been voted on as board director.

They join Design Wales programme manager Anna Whicher, who has been reelected to the board.

Dawton, who will be in charge of the Membership Working Group, says, ‘Having three board members out of 11 from one country is unusual.’

She adds, ‘I was elected on a manifesto of acting as the voice for trade and professional associations in Europe within BEDA and to the European Commission.

‘I will in two weeks be talking to policy-makers [at the Commission] about stimulating the demand for design in business.’

The Design Council’s John Mathers says, ‘I’m delighted to have been elected on to the BEDA board. BEDA has been growing rapidly over the last few years and is increasingly represented right across Europe so it gives the Design Council the ideal platform to engage with like-minded organisations from whom we can learn. This will be particularly important as we get our EDIP (European Design Innovation Programme) up and running.

He adds, ‘I’d be very pleased for folks to get in touch with me if there are particular things around design in Europe that you want to know more about or topics that you think we should be raising.’

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