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Julie James MS, the Minister for Climate Change is seeking a new Chair and three new Commissioners to join the Board of the Design Commission for Wales (DCFW).

First published:
7 November 2023
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Applicants have until 11 December 2023 to apply for the roles that will take effect on 1 April 2024. An appreciation of and a strong interest in good place-making, design and architecture is essential as well as knowledge of corporate governance, finance, and communications plus the interface between architecture, engineering and urban design relevant to transport, energy and other forms of infrastructure. 

The appointment of the Chair will be for an initial period of four years, renewable subject to satisfactory review, for a maximum of two terms of office.   

Currently Chaired by Gayna Jones whose term ends on 31 March 2024, DCFW was set up in 2002 by the Welsh Government as a public body working throughout Wales to promote good design for our places, buildings and public spaces. The remit of the Cardiff-based organisation is to work with local planning authorities, investors, developers and commissioning clients to capture the value of high quality design; helping to deliver better outcomes, a better return on investment and greater public good. DCFW also nurtures the design talent and skills necessary for growth and innovation.

The Minister for Climate Change, Julie James said:

“We need talented professionals to bring their skills and experience to the Design Commission for Wales to help make Wales a better place and reduce our impact on the planet.
“I thank Gayna for her time and commitment as Chair over the last eight years, her strategic counsel and the difference that she has made to placemaking in Wales.  As her term comes to an end, I encourage others who care about the design of the world and believe Wales’ cities, towns and villages should be great places to live, work and play, to consider this opportunity to lead the next stage of the journey for DCFW as an integral part of Welsh life.”

Gayna Jones, Chair of DCFW said:

“We’re confident that there are some hugely talented and inspirational built environment enthusiasts and professionals out there, with a commitment to good placemaking and knowledge of how design practice contributes to decarbonisation and high environmental performance.  

“It’s been a privilege to Chair the Commission over the last seven years and to lead such a talented and multi-disciplinary team; championing high standards of design and architecture. I am confident that the new Chair and Commissioners will bring new perspectives and help to make Wales a better place.”

For more information on the application process and to apply, please visit public appointments. Please contact the Public Appointments Team at with any other queries.