The business development director role was created last year, and Clark replaces Vincent Cassidy, now interim director at RIBA Services.
The Design Council says Clark – a former senior account director at Wolff Olins – joins at ‘a pivotal time, as we look to diversify our income streams and become a self-sustaining independent charity’.
She will be tasked with leading the development of new commercial partnerships. Previous commercial partnerships set up by the Design Council have seen it work on a European research project on design for public good and partner with independent organisation Nominet Trust on a challenges around youth unemployment.
The Design Council, formerly a non-departmental Government body, became an independent charity in 2011.
It continues to receive central Government funding and has secured cash from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for this financial year. In 2010 BIS committed to supplying an annual grant to the Design Council, starting at £4 million.
In 2012/13 the Design Council had an income of £.8.9 million, of which £7.3 million came in the form of Government grants from BIS and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Design Council chief executive John Mathers says, ‘This is a really exciting time for the Design Council as we continue to evolve. Marie’s commercial and business transformation experience will really help us be more agile and entrepreneurial in how we work.’
Clark says, ‘The Design Council already has a strong brand but there is still plenty of potential for it to grow its influence and to continue advancing the design industry in the UK and internationally.’
The Design Council is also recruiting a business development manager, who will be responsible for generating new income and extending the organisation’s business support services for SMEs.