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New appointees to the DBA Board of Directors

We’re delighted to welcome three new Directors to the DBA Board. TDC PR Founder & Managing Director, Tim Duncan, A Better View Strategic Consulting Founder & President, John Gleason and HMA Managing Director, Nicola Tiffany were appointed at the DBA’s AGM on Thursday 28 April 2022.

Rufus Leonard Chief Operating Officer, Will Rowe and Diageo Global Design Director, Jeremy Lindley were also re-elected and we welcomed our new chair, Else Chief Experience Officer & Founder, Warren Hutchinson. 

The DBA’s Board of Directors is fundamental to the work we do. Elected from the membership, our Directors possess diverse experience of bringing design to the strategy-setting c-suite of business. They work closely with the DBA’s management team to develop the strategy and frameworks by which we support the sector to drive design ever further up the agenda in business and government, and together as an industry can build universal confidence in design investment.

Tim Duncan, Founder & Managing Director, TDC PR

“Having been a member of the DBA Experts Register for some years now, as well a close friend of the organisation for over a decade, I’m delighted to be joining the Board to assist with the macro communications strategy for the DBA.

The cumulative value and/or output of what I do day-in-day-out with the team at TDC is to underscore the significance of design as a sector, as well as helping to inspire younger generations to understand they can have a wholly viable career path in the field given the pantheon of specialisms across the industry.

The DBA represents a sector lynchpin and it is an honour to join the Board. I relish the opportunity to apply and share my knowledge, working in partnership with the DBA team to further develop the communications strategy.”

John Gleason, Founder & President, A Better View Strategic Consulting

“Design – as a strategic business practice – has so much potential to create value, for brand and businesses – as well as for the humans in these ecosystems. I see much greater potential than is presently being delivered. I believe that design is, presently, under-leveraged and under-appreciated by too many companies, brands, and business leaders.

The DBA is uniquely positioned to continue to be a catalyst, a beacon, and an enabler for these challenges. I believe that I would add value to the amazing credibility and standing that the DBA already enjoys, and positively contribute to challenges and opportunities facing the design industry.”

Nicola Tiffany, Managing Director, HMA

“Having been a DBA member for over 20 years, we have always valued the contribution of the association to the design industry and the knowledge and insight it provides to its members. More specifically, I’d like to see a focus on digital and tech higher on the agenda and promote diversity in this area (particularly women in tech).

During the pandemic, we’ve seen a significant rise in the importance of design within the healthtech space we operate in. For us, this has led to a significant increase in demand at a time where we are facing a creative and digital skills shortage. This skills shortage is something we’re keen to help tackle through the DBA.

Aside from the skills agenda, my interest in joining the DBA Board of Directors lies in giving something back in return for the support the association has provided to us and many others over the years.”

The DBA Board of Directors is Chaired by Warren Hutchinson, Chief Experience Officer & Founder at Else.  

After many years of service, the Board Directors stepping down this year are The Engine Room’s Lesley Gulliver and Spring’s Erika Clegg. The DBA would like to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Lesley and Erika for their commitment to, and support of the DBA over the years.

Further details about DBA Directors, other members of the Board and its role, can be found here.


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