John Mathers
John Mathers
chairperson
British Design Fund

John has been working for forty years in the brand and design industry, leading a number of marketing, brand and design consultancies in the UK and Internationally including WPP’s flagship Brand Consultancy, the Brand Union.

He led the UK Design Council through a period of change, moving on from that role in 2016 after five years as CEO. In 2017 he co-founded The British Design Fund, a venture capital fund supporting well-designed British product start-ups. He also works with the UK government advising on how to integrate design into their Healthy Ageing Programme, part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy.

He is an Adjunct Professor with the Design & Innovation School of Tongji University in Shanghai, exploring establishing a Design Innovation Hub in London.

His other commitments include sitting on the Board of Falmouth University, Chairing MOBIE, a home-making education charity and sitting on the Steering Group for the Creative Informatics Programme led by Edinburgh University.

John also Chairs the annual UK DRUM Design Awards, is a returning judge on China’s IDA Awards programme and speaks regularly at Design conferences and summits around the world.