Designability is proud that the Rt Hon. the Lord Foster of Bath, Don Foster, has been our President since 2013.
The President’s Role
Don provides invaluable advice and support and helps us spread the word about what we do.
Don Foster was MP for Bath for 23 years between 1992 and 2015. He has held a number of Front Bench positions within the Liberal Democrats and was the Party’s Chief Whip under the Coalition.
He was born in Preston, Lancashire and attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School. He went on to study at Keele University and the University of Bath.
In 1981 he was elected as a councillor to Avon County Council for Cabot ward. He also served as the county’s education committee chairman, and he remained a councillor until 1989. He was elected into Parliament for Bath in 1992.
Don has a strong record of delivering for local people. In the Coalition Government, Don helped create over 2,500 new apprentices in Bath, oversaw a 20% increase in business start-ups and helped take out almost 7,000 people from paying income tax.
During his years in Parliament Don held a number of roles. He was a spokesman on education and he went on to hold the position of Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture Secretary and retained the role, as Culture Spokesperson following the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010.
In September 2012 Don joined the Department for Communities and Local Government as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. In 2013 he was promoted from this role and made the Party’s Chief Whip in the House of Commons.
Don announced he would be stepping down as MP for Bath ahead of the 2015 General Election. Following the election he joined the House of Lords taking the title Lord Foster of Bath. In October 2016 he was appointed Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy.