Designer Breakfast with Deborah Dawton – Sponsored by RBS

Designer Breakfast with Deborah Dawton – Sponsored by RBS



We’ll be kicking off our Friday schedule with a designer breakfast sponsored by the good folks at RBS for our attendees at Camp and Furnace, with a talk from none-other than DBA CEO, Deborah Dawton!

Deborah began her career with the RSA working on their Student Design Awards. It was her privilege to meet the good the great of the design industry whose influence determined a career in working with design support organisations. She set up her own business delivering design events, competitions and conferences all over Europe for leading organisations like the UK’s Design Council, Design Museum and D&AD and the Pan-European Brand Design Association.

In 2003, she answered the call of the Design Business Association joining them as CEO. And she loves this job. Funded entirely by the design industry with a remit to drive up their professionalism and the profile of design’s value in business, the DBA’s membership has doubled along with the association’s turnover to nearly £1million.

Deborah has spoken extensively to design and business audiences on subjects relating to the running of a design consultancy and design effectiveness in business. Deborah became President of BEDA in early 2011, where she now works with the BEDA board to influence design policy on the European stage.