Recruitment to the D&T Association Board of Trustees

Published 27th September 2019

Are you passionate about inspiring the next generation of designers, engineers or digital entrepreneurs?

The Design and Technology Association is looking for high profile candidates to join the board of this prestigious organisation and contribute to its work shaping design, engineering and technology education in the UK and helping to inspire more young people to develop industry-critical skills.


The Design and Technology Association is a charity dedicated to the advancement of high quality education and skills delivered in the UK. It promotes continuous improvement in the delivery of education and training in design, engineering and new technologies.

Design and Technology is the study of how to think, develop and make a better world: innovating new products, services and experiences from concept through to design, manufacture and use. It is part of the National Curriculum and provides all primary and secondary school pupils with the opportunity to learn about a wide range of industry-relevant skills, including design, engineering, electronics, additive manufacturing, robotics, fashion, textiles and computer control.

The subject offers a unique introduction to the design, creative, engineering, manufacturing and digital sectors, and can help to prepare young people for a wide range of exciting career pathways. Students develop higher-level thinking skills and technical capabilities, many of which are critical to meeting future skills needs along with contributing to meeting local, national and global challenges such as creating ethical and sustainable futures and addressing issues such as climate change.

Our Board

Our Board is comprised of leading figures from business and education who are passionate about working with the Design and Technology Association to support schools, colleges and universities in developing skills that the UK economy needs and ensuring increased opportunity for all young people further broadening the perspective in their future lives and careers.

We are looking for exceptional individuals with a passion for education and the ability to support the Design and Technology Association as part of the Board of Trustees.

In the coming months, several board members’ terms of office will expire, including our Treasurer, hence this opportunity to recruit new talent to strengthen our knowledge and experience in the following five areas:

  • Finance
  • Education – primary expertise/leadership
  • Supporting and developing membership
  • Marketing, Communications and PR
  • Expertise of Academia/HE

Trustee role

Our Trustees approve the strategy and plans for the Association and provide the high levels of governance and oversight that you would expect for a leading UK institution. Trustees are also ambassadors of the Association and promote its activities to key stakeholders in government, education and industry.

Trustees should be successful leaders, with experience of working at senior levels. They need to be passionate about design, engineering, technology and manufacturing education and employment in the UK.


If you are interested in supporting the Association, please fill in the downloadable form at the bottom of this page and / or contact Brenda van Beijnum, Operations and Finance Manager: Direct tel: 01789 473907 or email


Design and Technology Association: Person Specification for new Trustees (to be appointed in 2020)

 1. Role Purpose

To work with the Chair and Board of Trustees to oversee and assist the Chief Executive in the delivery of the Design and Technology Association’s ambition to promote high quality design, engineering and technology   education, develop excellent links between education and industry, and provide all young people with inspirational opportunities.

Knowledge & Experience

Essential attributes

  • Confident operating at senior levels
  • Positive in approach and solution-oriented in tackling challenges
  • Challenging and supportive
  • A team player
  • An excellent networker, able to support the Association in developing external links and partnerships.
  • Commercially astute

Desirable attributes in 1 or more of the following areas

  • Qualified accountant to chair finance committee meetings (experience of working with charities preferred)
  • Experienced in primary D&T and/or primary leadership
  • Knowledge of/empathy with members and experience of membership organisations
  • Experience of Marketing, Communications and PR at an organisational level
  • Expertise of Academia/HE in teacher education

Commitment required

Trustees are expected to commit to a minimum of 4 days per year to attend Board and Committee meetings. The accountant is also expected to commit an additional 4 half days for Finance Committee meetings. Trustee positions are voluntary so no remuneration is awarded but travel expenses can be reimbursed. Most meetings are held in central London.

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