|Chair & Registered Contact||Barry Sheerman, MP||Labour and Co-operative|
|Co-Chair||John Howell MP||Conservative|
|Officer||Lord Bilimoria, CBE DL||Crossbench|
|Officer||Sharon Hodgson, MP||Labour|
|Ed Vaizey, MP||Conservative|
|Officer||Mr. Douglas Chapman||Scottish National Party|
Policy Connect provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group, supporting the group’s activities. We are committed to ensuring our actions and funding are entirely transparent. Policy Connect’s work in supporting the APDIG is funded through a combination of annual fees for membership of Policy Connect and ad hoc sponsorship of particular events and research, all of which is declared on the official Parliamentary Register of All-Party Groups We also publish a full list of all of Policy Connect’s funders in bands on our website.
The APDIG aims to develop new design policy ideas, critique existing government decision-making around design, communicate within Parliament the enormous potential value of design, and help the design community better engage with the policy process. The agenda and activities of the APDIG is set by its Parliamentary Officers, and Policy Connect has full editorial control over the outputs from work produced as a result of this agenda, such as reports. The APPG operates according to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards’ rules on All-Party Parliamentary Groups and its own Code of Governance.
Policy Connect does not represent the business interests of any of our over 200 funders or wider stakeholders. We do contact Ministers on behalf of APPGs, forums and commissions in the form of invitations to speak at events, attend meetings or to submit a research inquiry to assist with Government policy development. For this reason, we are on the Register of Consultant Lobbyists, and welcome the transparency this register provides.