Board of Directors
We are governed by a Board of Directors who bring a wide range of talents and experience to DACS. The Board includes artists, lawyers and other professionals with an interest in artists and their intellectual property. The Board ensures that DACS fulfils its mission to translate rights into revenue and recognition for visual artists.
Margaret Heffernan, Chair
Rut Blees Luxemburg
DACS has a number of committees comprising Board Directors and members of staff, focussing on key areas of the organisation.
Business development committee
Oversees business development as well as the recruitment of new members, licensing, research and development activities.
Finance and audit committee
Monitors financial performance and advises the Board on strategic implications or significance of financial matters.
Provides general strategic advice to the Board on legal issues arising in the course of DACS’ business.
Oversees DACS’ HR policies and practices; reviews Board and staff remuneration and makes recommendations to the Board in this respect.
Voting members are eligible to attend DACS’ Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and vote on matters of the company, for example to appoint or remove a Board Director, to approve our financial documentation or other governance matters.
Who can become a Voting member?
It is important for the fair and balanced interest of all our members that AGM participation is granted to those who provide DACS with the greatest transfer of their rights. To join DACS as a Voting member you need to:
1. Be a Copyright Licensing member of DACS
2. To have completed and read our Terms and Conditions.
3. Permit DACS to exercise copyright licensing rights and the secondary rights in the works in all industry sectors.
Annual General Meetings
Each year, DACS hosts an Annual General Meeting (AGM) for our Voting members. The AGM is an opportunity to hear about our performance and achievements in the previous year, vote on key changes within the organisation and ask questions about our services.
The AGM 2023 minutes will be published on this page in Autumn 2024.
Read DACS' annual reports, audited accounts and transparency reports.
DACS is committed to operating ethically and sustainably. DACS holds funds that arise due to timing differences between payments made to DACS (by clients, art market professionals or other collecting societies) and payments made by DACS to rightsholders.
These funds are invested with banks, building societies and an investment fund to maximise returns, of which the principal sum is invested in an ethical investment portfolio that meets the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Investment.
Codes of Conduct
These set out the principles governing membership of DACS, our licensing and other activities, our governance framework and the standards that can be expected from us. It also explains what to do if things go wrong, and how to complain about matters covered by this Code.
Our distribution policy explains we require from our members in order to pay them their royalties, as well as the frequency and timing of these payments.
Articles of Association
Articles of Association are written rules about running the company agreed by DACS directors and the company secretary. They are required under the Companies Act 2006 and become a public document when a company is registered with Companies House.