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Chief Executive
Design Council

Job Description

We are looking for an exceptional and inspirational new Chief Executive to lead our organisation, who has a passion for placing people at the center of our work, empowering communities and championing the power of design.  This is a significant opportunity to shape the future direction of Design Council, which is an agile and globally-recognised design body with a 75-year legacy. The organisation is at an exciting stage in its development as we celebrate our ten-year anniversary of becoming an independent charity and having established and grown our services and programmes. Our 2020-2024 strategy  will build on this success and will focus on having an impact on big global challenges which affect sustainable living, health and wellbeing and promoting the power of design skills as a force for change.

The role presents a chance to work with business, government and the third sector to make the case for design, influencing and shaping the design economy. The Chief Executive will champion the role of design, especially with government, and engage with our stakeholders, influencers and partners. You will bring a passion for design, your wealth of experience and knowledge from your own professional life and be able to open doors for us to new partners.

We value inclusion, equality and diversity and we know that we can only design better for all, when we bring together people from different backgrounds and perspectives.  Therefore, we are actively recruiting for a diversity of candidates that reflects the ‘all’ of the society we are designing with and for. We can offer options to work from home, flexible working, or compressed hours or other adjustments. 

We live in a shifting world where design can make a real difference to all of us within it. If you have an appetite to make this change, we’d love to hear from you.  To apply please send us a short video outlining your suitability for this role and a CV.  Further details can be found in our application pack.

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