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ICL Talk: John Mathers Design Council CEO



Speaker: John Mathers, Design Council CEO

Series: Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (ICL) Talks

The Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (ICL) Talks are a series of seminars hosted by the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice. The talks take place on the first Wednesday of every month and will cover a wide range of topics linked with innovation, creativity and leadership. The talks are free to attend and open to the public.

John Mathers, Design Council CEO

Mostly, when people think about design they imagine the things that we can see, feel and operate. The tangible bits of design - product, graphic, communications - are still major subsectors within the loose grouping of disciplines which comprise the design sector. But design has also shifted towards services and wider systems as an approach to creating more beautiful, consumer friendly and humanistic experiences.

The application of design methods to services and systems is not new, but there has been a significant, recent expansion of interest in the use of design and areas where it is deemed relevant.

This talk will outline the Design Council's understanding of design as a process, or set of methods, for creating change and approaching problems. It will draw on the Design Council's work in the public sector to highlight how designerly thinking and approaches are being used to create public services and policy from a different point of departure.

The talk will also share insights from a new Design Council research project Leading Business by Design, to show how businesses are using design right up to the levels of senior management to influence work cultures, business planning and strategy.

About John Mathers

My role at the Design Council is to lead it into its next chapter. Recently reconstituted, in 2011, as a charity and merged with The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) we champion good design and use it to help accelerate innovation and growth, address the big issues in society and improve the way we work and live.

I've been working for 30 years in the brand and design industry, leading a number of marketing, brand and design consultancies in the UK as well as a number of roles within FMCG and retail, including Head of Brand at Safeway. I joined the Design Council from a CEO role at the Holmes & Marchant Group, having previously managed Enterprise IG (now the Brand Union, part of WPP)

I've also had an active commitment to the development of the design industry for the last ten years, serving as President of the Design Business Association for three years and having acted as the spokesperson for its 20:20 Mentoring Scheme.


6:00pm - Registration w/Coffee & Tea
6:30pm - Talk starts
7:30pm - Networking with wine & nibbles

We encourage everyone to arrive in good time for the 6:30pm start of the talk. Arriving late is disruptive to the speaker and the audience. So why not join us for a cup of coffee or tea and a bit of conversation before the talk starts.

Please note that the registration form once submitted will take you back to this page. You should receive an email confirmation to the email address you provided. If you have not received an email confirmation within 60minutes, email us

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When & where

6.00pm - 8.30pmWednesday 13th November 2013

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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