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DBA November news

DBA appoints new Board Directors at Annual General Meeting

The DBA welcomed members to its AGM on 13 October at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London, with the membership voting in five new Board Directors, as well as re-electing five Board members for extended terms.

The DBA works to build universal confidence in design investment and to promote the power of effective design. DBA Board Directors share a common commitment to bring design and business ever closer together and to champion design’s capability to deliver change.

The Board’s extensive experience of promoting the use of design at a strategic level will be invaluable in the Association’s work to drive design up the corporate agenda in business, and we’re delighted to welcome the new Directors onto the Board.

The new Directors appointed to the DBA’s Board for a 2 year term are:

Lesley Gulliver, Managing Director, The Engine Room
Paul Flowers, Chief Design Officer, Lixil Water Technology
Brian Mansfield, Managing & Strategy Partner, Taxi Studio
Sean Carney, Chief Design Officer, Royal Philips
Steve ‘Buzz’ Pearce, Global Head of Design, Skyscanner

The following Board members were reappointed for extended terms:

Jim Thompson, Managing Director, 20.20 (and DBA President)
Erika Clegg, Founder, Spring
Robert Soar, Creative Director, Dragon Rouge
Andrew Barraclough, Vice President of Design, GlaxoSmithKline
Will Rowe, Managing Director, Rufus Leonard

Submission to HM Treasury

A Design for Brexit: how the design sector can be an engine for growth

The DBA is calling for the Treasury to guarantee the future of R&D tax credits as well as expand their scope to support a design economy and business environment that will allow the United Kingdom to ‘own the global language of innovation’.

Ahead of the government’s Autumn Statement, the DBA and the All-Party Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group authored a formal submission to HM Treasury. Read the submission here.

Share your concerns about the EBacc with your MP

The percentage of pupils entering at least one arts subject has fallen by 1.7 percentage points to just 47.9% of pupils in state-funded schools in 2016. This is on top of an overall decline of 8% in the uptake of arts subjects at GCSE and shows that the DfE’s English Baccalaureate (EBacc) proposals are continuing to have a negative impact on the uptake of creative, artistic and technical subjects in schools.

The lobbying body Bacc For The Future are asking people to keep writing to their local MPs to encourage them to ask the DfE to abandon its plans for the EBacc and review alternative Baccalaureate options that include valuable creative, artistic and technical subjects. They have a template letter prepared here which you can personalise and send on.

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