January 29, 2024

Designability announces the appointment of new CEO, Jim Bowes

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We are pleased to announce that Jim Bowes has started as our new CEO

Jim joins Designability with over 20 years of experience as a founder, leader and consultant in a wide range of start-ups, commercial, public sector and not-for-profit environments. His most recent experience is that of creating, scaling and selling the agency Manifesto, where Jim worked with national charities including Royal College of Occupational Therapists, RSPCA, Cancer Research UK, Alzheimers’s Society and GOSH Children’s Charity.

Jim Bowes said: “I’m delighted to be joining Designability at this important moment in the delivery of its strategy. I believe that good design can create a better, more inclusive world and Designability is at the forefront of using person-centred design practices to create products and services that improve disabled people’s lives.

“I have a personal connection to how important their work is, and I look forward to using the full range of my experience to help the organisation deliver even greater impact.”

A bit more about Jim

As a charity trustee he holds roles with both a national charity and a Somerset based organisation where he has been hands on in developing their new user-centred three year strategy. The principles of user-centred or person-centred design are fundamental to the work of Designability as by listening to disabled people, they co-design innovative products and services that enable disabled children and adults to live with greater independence.

Jim will succeed Designability’s former CEO, Catharine Brown, who stepped down as CEO of Designability in September 2023 after four years in the post.

We were impressed by Jim’s achievements, personal values and his thoughtful approach to the role of Designability CEO. We believe that he has the drive, experience and personal qualities to carry forward the ambitious strategy set in place by Catharine, and to lead the charity to achieve our vision - a future where disabled people live the life they choose.

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