Elite designers, CEOs + social entrepreneurs – meet the judges

Each RSA brief is judged by a different panel of leading designers and industry experts – meet the 2016 judges...

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David Constantine - Panel Chair
David Constantine - Panel Chair

Founding Director, Motivation

David Constantine is the Founder Director of Motivation, a charity which initiates self-sustaining projects to enhance the quality of life of people with mobility disabilities. When travelling around Australia in 1982 David misjudged a dive and broke his neck at level C4/5.

Only twenty-one years old, he was planning to pursue a career in agriculture but the accident left him a quadriplegic. After completing a degree in Computing, David worked with IBM for two years and then took an MA in Computer Related Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA).

While at the RCA David, along with fellow student Simon Gue, designed an award-winning wheelchair for the developing world. Together with Richard Frost they travelled to Bangladesh to test their design, and in 1991 returned to set up the first Motivation project: a workshop producing affordable and appropriate wheelchairs with a simple design. Motivation has now reached over 180,000 beneficiaries. It is one of the few organisations that deals with both the design and provision of mobility products and services and the wider social and economic needs of people with mobility disabilities.

David is also a semi-professional photographer whose work has been exhibited throughout the UK and USA.


Ashleigh Vinall
Ashleigh Vinall

Head of Graphic Design, Waitrose

Workingwithin the Marketing Directorate, Ashleigh is responsible for developing the creative direction and strategy of the Waitrose visual brand implemented across brand packaging, in store POS and promotions, visual merchandising, marketing communications, CRM, advertising, publications and store signage/design. Ashleigh manages the in-house team as well as working with outside agencies and publishers to ensure all graphic communication is to a ‘Waitrose’ standard and in accordance with the overall marketing visual strategy. 

Ashleigh joined Waitrose in 2016, having spent over 15 years working at Selfridges in various senior design/creative management roles, promoted to Director of Graphics in 2012. Further responsibilities at Selfridges included managing the visual merchandising team for two years as well as being the ‘creative consultant’ to the digital online team. Prior to Selfridges Ashleigh worked for Debenhams as a Design Manager for five years, Wolff Olins the brand design agency and Time Out Publications.

Chris Grantham - Panel Chair
Chris Grantham - Panel Chair

Circular Economy Portfolio Director, IDEO

Chris is Circular Economy Portfolio Director at IDEO, where he leads IDEO's consultancy business in the circular economy and works with organisations on system change and breakthrough innovation. Chris has been closely involved in a number of design led initiatives with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This includes the development of The Circular Design Guide, launched at the World Economic Forum in 2017, which aims to develop a generation of creatively confident, systems orientated circular designers and more resilient organisations capable of thriving in the circular economy.

Adanna Shallowe
Adanna Shallowe

Manager, RSA Global

Adanna is responsible for strengthening and supporting the RSA Global Fellowship. Previously, she was the project lead for the skills development programme for the UK participation in the international skills competition. She also represented the UK in two international skills membership organisations: WorldSkills International and WorldSkills Europe. Adanna also held research positions on development initiatives for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and for the UNDP Caribbean Sub-Regional Research Facility in their key practice areas.

Simon Berry - Panel Chair
Simon Berry - Panel Chair

ColaLife

Simonis an accidental, award-winning innovator, designer and social entrepreneur. He is also an inspirational speaker on open innovation, access to medicines in developing countries, design and the effective use of social media. Simon is the visionary behind ColaLife that is transforming access to diarrhoea treatment in Zambia by applying the techniques used by the producers of fast moving consumer goods to the distribution of a health product.

This is having a direct impact on child survival in Zambia, but he is also working to influence essential medicine distribution across the whole of sub-Saharan Africa by proactively sharing ColaLife’s findings and learning. Over a 37-year career Simon has been a leader in the voluntary, private and public sectors. He has lived and worked in South America, the Caribbean, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. He graduated in Agriculture (BSc (Hons), Reading) and has a postgraduate qualification in Tropical Animal Health (MSc,Edinburgh). In 2015 Simon was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship of social entrepreneurs.

Andrea Siodmok - Panel Chair
Andrea Siodmok - Panel Chair

Head of the Policy Lab and Deputy Director, UK Government’s Cabinet Office

Andrea is the Head of the Policy Lab and Deputy Director at the UK Government’s Cabinet Office. With a first class honours in Industrial Design and a PhD in Virtual Reality, Andrea is both a practitioner and an advocate for design-led innovation. Formerly Chief Design Officer at the Design Council, she is passionate about using design to improve people’s lives.

Russ Camplin
Russ Camplin

Design Strategy Manager, RBS, Choice & Design, Location & Property Strategy

Russ is a Design professional working in Property Portfolio Strategy. He works very closely with RBS internal business partners to create, develop and project manage the development of appropriate design solutions with top design consultants and suppliers globally. Russ is currently leading the workplace furniture regional tender and the design development of Coutts in 440 Strand and Geneva.

Russ won an RSA Design Award in 1990 and his motivation for starting this sponsorship was both an understanding of the importance that fresh and innovative ideas can bring to the workplace and a need to give something back to the design industry. As part of the RSA Steering Group, Russ continuously reviews and develops the awards. Russ is working on a broader strategy to support Young British Designers and is engaged with the Helen Hamlyn Centre of Design, Royal College of Art, the Design Council and the Creative Education Trust that is aimed at supporting young designers from secondary school through to first employment.

Dr. ir. Paul Gardien
Dr. ir. Paul Gardien

Head of Design Strategy & Design Innovation, Vice President, Philips Design

Paul is the member of the Philips Design Board responsible for both the strategic development of the global design function and the Design Research & Innovation programme. In his strategy role, he has been instrumental in transforming Philips Design from a service unit into a global function. The Design Research & Innovation programme creates new design competences, future visions and new propositions for Philips and has won numerous awards. The drive in the programme is to create meaningful and relevant propositions based on a solid understanding of how these will evolve in the future, while ensuring that the propositions land in the various businesses increasing their hit rate of innovation.

Paul has spent his entire professional career at Philips Design, working in many different areas ranging from product-, multimedia- and internet design, to different management and development functions. He is and has been a member of various boards, and has juried in multiple renowned design competitions. He’s also a frequent speaker at international design and innovation conferences. Paul studied industrial design engineering at the Delft University of Technology and holds a PhD in Design Innovation from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Mary Rose Cook
Mary Rose Cook

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Uscreates

Mary Rose Cook is the co-founder and CEO of Uscreates, a design-led agency creating better outcomes and experiences in health and wellbeing.  Mary has extensive experience designing, directing and delivering change programmes for clients in the public, private and third sector. Through a PhD, Mary reviewed how co-design has become a key method to tackle some of the UK’s most difficult social issues.

Robin Levien RDI - Panel Chair
Robin Levien RDI - Panel Chair

Partner, Studio Levien

Born in 1952 in London, Robin Levien graduated from the Ceramics department of the Royal College of Art in 1976. Robin now runs the product design practice Studio Levien with his partner Tricia Stainton, in London. He is recognised as one of the most consistently successful designers in the homewares field and in 1995 received the distinction of Royal Designer for Industry in recognition of sustained excellence as a designer. He was the Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry between 2009 and 2011.


Rowan Conway
Rowan Conway

Director of Innovation and Development, RSA

Rowan Conway is the Director of Innovation and Development at the RSA. She ensures that the RSA is undertaking rigorous, profile raising and influential research and innovation projects. 

With the intention of focusing the RSA’s research on real world impact, Rowan is driving the focus of ARC’s work on the RSA’s emerging world view of the “Power to Create”. This explores how the creative life, too often confined to an elite or a sector, could be fostered throughout the economy and society. Rowan has over 15 years’ experience in research and engagement with communities, businesses and government bodies. She has led a wide range of research and engagement programmes that include: enquiry by design processes for urban place-making, asset-based community development, social enterprise development and impact planning, cross sector partnership working, mental health service design, and environmental sustainability research. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary by nature, she specialises in participatory action research and has worked with local authorities, NGOs, academic partners, NHS Trusts,corporate businesses and social enterprises, as well as a wide range of central government departments.

Originally a business journalist and editor, Rowan became a facilitator and engagement specialist in 2005, with a specific focus on community involvement and participation. Between 2006 and 2011, Rowan designed and oversaw community engagement for London 2012, working with the host boroughs and the Mayor of London in the planning process for the Olympic Park in London. She holds an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath

Andy McBain
Andy McBain

Head of Office Design & Strategy, RBS

Andy leads the bank’s Workplace Design team who are tasked with the management and development of creative and innovative office workplace design solutions to support and enhance collaboration and a great colleague experience. The team also look to the future in research with current initiatives on productivity and wellbeing.

Andy has experience from working in manufacturing, production, service and financial services.

Emmi Salonen
Emmi Salonen

Studio EMMI

Since 2005, Emmi has run a London-based graphic design practice, Studio EMMI. Internationally awarded Studio EMMI has developed a growing client base in the worlds of art, culture, commerce and academia, including Tate Britain, Somerset House, the Prince’s Foundation and UCLH.

Emmi is the author of the book Common Interest: Documents, and contributes to industry magazines on topics ranging from typography to women in design. As well as designing, she teaches at various universities based in the UK, and regularly lectures across the country and beyond. Emmi was one of the main stage speakers at AIGA’s Design Conference in New Orleans, USA, in 2015, talking to an audience of 2000+.

As a native of Finland, and armed with the national trait of having a keen interest in nature and common good, Emmi moved to London in 1996. She has earned past professional stripes in Italy (Fabrica), London and New York (karlssonwilker inc.), and has had her work widely published and exhibited world-wide.

Matt Osborne
Matt Osborne

Managing Director, OMK Design Limited

Matt gained a degree in Product Design from Bournemouth University before joining OMK in 2005. Founded in 1965 by Rodney Kinsman RDI, OMK design and manufacture furniture for both the home and public spaces. Since joining Matt has managed the manufacture, supply and installation of seating systems into over 70 transport projects globally.

Heleen Engelen
Heleen Engelen

Global Head of Design Teams and Operations, Philips Design for HealthTech

Heleen Engelen is the Global Head of Design Teams and Operations at Philips Design for HealthTech at Philips. Responsible for the people management and operational excellence of Design teams across 12 locations around the globe, Heleen merges the former Philips HealthCare, Consumer Lifestyle and Group Design teams into one Global Philips HealthTech Design Community. 

Working closely with design teams in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Haifa, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangalore, Andover, Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Stamford, Bothell, Foster City and Blumenau, an integral part of her role is to implement ‘design thinking’ within the company to promote a more open, investigative and tangible way of working while maintaining the focus on consumer needs. 

Heleen Engelen was previously Senior Design Director Consumer Luminaires at Philips Lighting, specialising in design management, developing creative strategies to direct innovation, product design, and branding initiatives. Leading global design teams for over 15 years, Heleen has also been Design Director, Domestic Appliances at Philips Design, as well as Senior Design Director Lighting sector at Philips Lighting.

Tim Yendell
Tim Yendell

Head of RBS Choice, Design and Moves

Tim is the Head of RBS Choice, Design and Moves where he leads the bank’s global cultural change initiative for workplace and working pattern flexibility. 

By continually seeking to understand the future of work and the workplace, Tim has been able to develop a strategy that not only delivers customer and employee benefits but optimises the use of RBS’ real estate portfolio by reducing the amount of office space needed and the associated costs. 

Tim holds a BA (Hons) degree in Interior Design from Edinburgh College of Art and is a member of the Association for Project Managers (MAPM) and the British Institute of Facilities Management (MBIFM).

Dr Pauline Williams
Dr Pauline Williams

Head of Global Health R&D, GSK

Pauline Williams is a physician working in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Research and Development. She is SVP and Head of Global Health R&D. Her work in Maternal and Neonatal Health involves working on the GSK partnership with Save the Children, with a common aim to help save a million children's lives. Projects include development of affordable and effective medicines to prevent neonatal sepsis and to prevent serious bleeding after childbirth.

Gavin Proctor
Gavin Proctor

Head of Design, Global Brand Licensing, Philips

Gavin has spent a long and varied career working with Philips Design; working in the Netherlands, Taiwan and Singapore in functions ranging from design management and creative direction to consulting to design strategy and innovation. His inquisitive nature coupled with a keen interest in science and technology leads him to endlessly seek out new understanding of human needs, issues and concerns, utilising new design tools and methodologies to develop new products and services for creating business growth. Gavin is currently head of design for Philips global brand licensing, extending the Philips brand through building strategic partnerships with external licensees.  He is a visiting professor at Northumbria University.

Heli Arantola
Heli Arantola

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Renewal, Fazer Group and Fazer Mill & Mixes Business Unit, Fazer

Dr Heli Arantola has worked with Fazer since 2010. Her responsibility areas are the Milling business and the strategic renewal of the Group. Fazer Mills are the largest grain mill in Finland and a significant oat mill in Sweden. The most recent new business area is oats, and they now export the world-famous Nordic oats to over 30 countries. The Strategy & Renewal team is responsible for strategy design and execution, research, and new business arenas for Fazer Group.

Gerry O'Donnell
Gerry O'Donnell

Head of Strategy and Government Affairs, Philips Health Care

Gerry has been with Philips for over 35 years in a number of sales and marketing roles in the UK and Europe, and is currently responsible for Strategy and Government Affairs for Philips Health Care. Previous responsibilities include UK Marketing Director, European Sales Director for Retail End Users and delivery of major projects in the UK for Philips Lighting. These include major sports stadiums, iconic landmarks and roll out programmes for major UK retailers. Gerry is a past President of the Lighting Industry Association and a member of The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers. He is married with three children, and is an avid sports watcher and occasional golf-player.

Kate Blee RDI
Kate Blee RDI

Artist Designer

Kate has worked independently from her London studio since 1986. She has been involved in a wide range of Art and Design projects for exhibitions, installations commission and limited productions. She was one of a team of designers for rural social investment projects in South Africa, and Algeria. Her work is held in public collections at the V&A Museum, the Crafts Council, and the Contemporary Art Society. Commissions include tapestries for Michael Hopkins’ parliament buildings, Lead Artist commissions for NHS hospitals, and rug and cloth collections for Christopher Farr. Kate is a member of Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) and The Kiln Rooms. She is currently a Visiting Tutor, Mixed Media, at the Royal College of Art.

Michael Wolff RDI
Michael Wolff RDI

A founder of Wolff Olins – among the world’s most iconic design companies. Now, as Michael Wolff and Company he works with clients around the world both as a designer and creative adviser. He is a visiting Professor at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) and at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Cape Town South Africa). He is a Senior Fellow at the RCA (the Royal College of Art) and an RSA Royal Designer for Industry.

[Photo credit: Charlie Best]

Jocelyn Bailey
Jocelyn Bailey

Senior Consultant, Uscreates

Jocelyn Bailey is a designer with particular expertise in social design and policy. Senior consultant at strategic design agency Uscreates, where she works with a range of government and public sector clients on strategic design projects, she is also pursuing a PhD through the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Design Star Doctoral Training Programme. Based at the University of Brighton, her research examines and critiques the growing trend of design being used as a strategic and policy tool by governments. In 2014 she was a Visiting Scholar at the V&A, working on a project for the AHRC, mapping social design research and practice. Previously, Jocelyn worked for cultural consultancy BOP, and led the manufacturing, design and innovation team at Westminster think tank Policy Connect. Jocelyn trained as an architect at Cambridge University, and has an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck College (University of London).

Garrick Hamm
Garrick Hamm

Creative Partner, Willliams Murray Hamm

Garrick heads up all creative projects at Williams Murray Hamm. These include the global rebrand of Castrol Oil, the relaunch of Fortnum & Mason and the launch of luxury beauty brand Prismologie. Design accolades include D&AD Yellow Pencils, Gold Cannes Lions and numerous Clios. Garrick is a former President of D&AD and Design Chairman of the New York Art Directors Club Awards. Garrick is also an award winning filmmaker. His short film The Man Who Married Himself with Richard E Grant, won the Best Comedy Award at Rhode Island Film Festival. His most recent film is Retrospective starring Charles Dance.

Abid Khan-Lodhi
Abid Khan-Lodhi

Open Innovation Director, Personal Care, Unilever

Abid is the Open Innovation Director, Personal Care at Unilever. Abid has a PhD in Colloid Science and has over25 years of experience in Unilever working across different business categories and geographies.

Abid believes that we need to face into the constraints and challenges created by global warming and the need for human development in order for people to live well and live within the natural limits of the planet. Through collaboration and finding new ways to partner with business, governments and society we can create a future where sustainable living is common place.

Lucie Stephens
Lucie Stephens

Head of Co-production, New Economics Foundation

Lucie Stephens is Head of Co-production at the New Economics Foundation. Her work focuses on supporting citizens and professionals to design new types of support and services in a wide range of settings including mental health, childcare, public health, housing, and in communities.

Simon Delafond - Panel Chair
Simon Delafond - Panel Chair

Head of Digital, RSA

Simon is responsible for all digital outputs at the RSA. Previously he was Head of Digital at the Imperial WarMuseum, and before that, a Digital Editor at the BBC.

Dr Patrick Bonnett
Dr Patrick Bonnett

Deputy Director, National Innovation Centre for Ageing

The Centre brings together world-leading scientists to work together with industry, the NHS and the public to develop, test and bring to market products which promote healthy ageing as we grow older.

Patrick has worked widely across the applied research and innovation arenas for the past 32 years in organisations ranging from small technology start-ups to internationally recognised translational research laboratories. 

His experience includes overseeing the design, establishment and management of innovation centres and Science Parks and delivering economic growth via innovation. 

Patrick is a member of the Satellite Applications Advisory Board and served as a Board member of the UK Science Park Association for five years.

Josie Warden
Josie Warden

Researcher, Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing, RSA

Josie is a Researcher in the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing team at the RSA where she is working on topics including community business, economic democracy and sustainability. Originally trained as a textile designer, she has a Masters in Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future, and is particularly interested in design as a means for social good. She previously worked on the RSA Great Recovery project which investigated the role of design in a circular economy.

Christy McAleese
Christy McAleese

Financial Capability Contract and Service Delivery Manager, Citizens Advice

Christy is the Financial Capability Contract and Service Delivery Manager at Citizens Advice. He leads Financial Skills for Life, a programme that delivered over 800,000 money management sessions to members of the public in England and Wales in 2015. Currently the Financial Skills for Life team is developing interventions that address digital and financial exclusion and establish a framework to understand the long-term impact improved financial management can have on people's lives.  

Joe Muscat
Joe Muscat

R&D Sustainability Champion, Unilever

Joe trained as a chemist at the University of Manchester. Following his PhD, he worked for the Australian CSIRO Laboratories where he set up new computer modelling capabilities to develop more efficient mineral processing techniques. Since 2002, Joe has held a variety of technical and leadership roles in Unilever's R&D function delivering science and technology to market through their Hair and Deodorant brands. He created the Sustainability strategy for Unilever's Deodorant's business and is currently helping to shape Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan for its Personal Care business which includes multi-billion Euro brands such as Dove, Sunsilk, Axe/Lynx, and Rexona/Sure.

Nathalie Spencer
Nathalie Spencer

Behavioural Scientist, ING

Nathalie is a behavioural scientist at ING. She is interested in decision making, cognitive biases, and the psychological barriers to behaviour change. Previously, she was a Senior Researcher at the RSA leading the Social Brain Behavioural Science work, exploring educational inequality, curiosity and innovation, preventative health, and financial capability. Nathalie is also co-organiser of the LBEN (London Behavioural Economics Network) monthly meetups.

Patrick Bellew RDI
Patrick Bellew RDI

Principal, Atelier Ten

Founding director of Atelier Ten, Patrick is one of the RSA’s Royal Designers for Industry and is a Chartered Building Services Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the design of high performance buildings and systems. With extensive experience in the integration of environmental and building systems with architecture, Patrick has particular expertise in thermal mass energy storage technologies, environmental building design and high efficiency building conditioning systems. Atelier Ten have pioneered numerous innovations in the built environment and have 11 offices worldwide, all focused on the delivery of high-performance buildings. Patrick has taught at the Yale University School of Architecture and has led three Advanced Design Studios there as the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor. He also lectures widely on issues relating to the creation of a more sustainable Built Environment. Patrick has held many other notable positions and received various awards for his work. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Mary Davies
Mary Davies

Chairman, Marketing Trust

Mary is Chairman of the Marketing Trust, which makes grants of financial aid for the advancement, for the benefit of the public, of education, training and research into the art and science of marketing. Prior to this Mary held various voluntary posts on a regional and national scale at the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) as well as working as Managing Director at Kinghorn-Davies Advertising Limited. The agency helped local businesses to grow and develop their strategic marketing performance as well as contributing to the marketing of large multinational businesses, dealing with their European headquarters. Mary has also held the position of Non-Executive Director at the Port of Tyne Authority, NHS Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead, and Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle upon Tyne. Mary still undertakes ad hoc strategic marketing and PR projects and is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.

Darren Pirie
Darren Pirie

Head of Entrepreneur Development, Royal Bank of Scotland, Ulster Bank & NatWest

In 2014 Darren was asked to take on the Head of Entrepreneur Development role for the bank leading the Entrepreneur Strategy. The bank’s aim is to deliver a more considered approach to serving entrepreneurs and high growth, ambitious businesses, whilst instilling cultural change through innovation within the organisation. Darren is very proud of the bank’s partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark having been there right from the start (2012), providing financial support, premises, mentoring and access to networks. NatWest is the only bank supporting this free business accelerator initiative on this scale as they open 12 new Hatcheries across the UK, with London opening later this year.

Manisha Patel
Manisha Patel

Partner, PRP

Manisha spearheads urban design and masterplanning, regeneration and stakeholder consultation within the Practice. She is currently leading on some of PRP's most high profile projects including Chobham Manor, where she has developed a new typology which facilitates multi-generation living, a design and cultural expression of her upbringing. She is also responsible for the masterplan on Portobello Square which won the Mayor’s Prize at the 2015 Housing Design Awards.

One of PRP's most innovative thinkers, Manisha brings creativity, motivational team leadership and expert knowledge in urban regeneration to the board.

Gregor Anderson
Gregor Anderson

Device and Packaging Design Director, GSK

Gregor Anderson is Device and Packaging Design Director at GSK, based at Ware, UK. He has a BSc in Industrial Design and an MSc in Polymer Science and Engineering. After completing a Postgraduate in Marketing at Heriot Watt University in 1986 he worked for Smiths Industries Medical Systems as device designer. This position involved him working closely with surgeons and anaesthetists to develop specialist tracheotomy systems and single use surgical equipment.  

In 1989 he joined the Device Development Unit, Inhaled Products, Glaxo, as Senior Designer. He worked on the design and development of various device projects including Diskus, Imigran Injector, Consumer Healthcare and Child Resistant packs. He holds over 40 patents and has expertise in patient centric design, and has presented papers on this topic globally. More recently he has focused on supporting the launches of the Ellipta Inhaler and also researching and preparing GSK’s respiratory and packaging strategy for Emerging Markets (including Africa). Gregor has been partnered with the RSA Student Design Awards since 2001 and GSK currently has two previous Internship winners working in the company (one in Consumer Healthcare and one in Pharma R&D).

 

Selina Nwulu
Selina Nwulu

Researcher, Creative Learning and Development, RSA

Selina Nwulu is a writer and researcher with the Creative Learning and Development Team at the RSA. She has worked on a variety of projects at the RSA, including analysis on supplementary schools (or out of hours’ schools) and their role in increasing life outcomes for black and minority ethnic childrenin the UK. She has previously worked at UN Women, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and a number of environmental think tank and charity organisations in a variety of policy, research and public affairs roles. She has an MSc in education and social policy (achieving a distinction) at Birkbeck, University of London. As a writer, she has written for a number of newspaper outlets including The Guardian

Professor Neil Thomas MBE RDI
Professor Neil Thomas MBE RDI

Founder and Director, Atelier One

Neil Thomas is the Founder & Director of Atelier One, which has been described as “the most innovative Engineering Practice in the UK”.

Neil holds a number of high profile posts in the UK and US educational service, most recently being a Visiting Professor to Yale and MIT. In 2014 Neil was elected Royal Designer for Industry (RDI), and awarded an Honorary RIBA Fellowship for both the excellence and the inventiveness of his contribution to Architecture over the past 25 years, and in 2015 was awarded Fellow of the Institute of Structural Engineers. In 2016 Neil was honoured with an MBE on the Queen’s 90th Birthday for contributions to Architecture, Design and Engineering.

Rebecca Penmore
Rebecca Penmore

Graphic Designer

Rebecca Penmore is a graphic designer specialising in brand identity, design systems, and typography. She began her career working with Harry Pearce at Pentagram, creating work for the RA, Kew Gardens, John Lewis and Berry Bros. & Rudd. She’s collaborated with many leading figures in the arts community, including Yinka Shonibare MBE and Karel Martens. Rebecca has recently started working as an independent designer. She partners with forward-thinking businesses and individuals to create crafted and intelligent design solutions. She is co-founder of the Five–Nine Club, a place to share and discuss creative side projects. Winner of the RSA Student Design Awards in 2012, she is a Fellow of the RSA.


Mat Hunter - Panel Chair
Mat Hunter - Panel Chair

Managing Director, Central Research Laboratory

Mat heads the Central Research Laboratory (CRL), London’s leading hub for hardware entrepreneurs. The CRL provides support for startups exploring the new worlds of connected products, helping with product development, manufacture, investment and business growth. Mat is also visiting tutor on the Service Design MA programme at the Royal College of Art.

Mat started his career with IDEO in California, having trained as an Industrial and Interaction designer, before returning to London where he led IDEO’s London office. Mat then joined the Design Council as Chief Design Officer where he developed practice for public service and social impact design.

Steve Woolley
Steve Woolley

Head of External Affairs and Content, The Chartered Institute of Marketing

Steve is Head of External Affairs and Content at The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He speaks for CIM, builds relationships with partner organisations, engages with government bodies and politicians, oversees PR activity and is responsible for print and online content. Steve ran his own consultancy before joining CIM and has a background in the civil service. He enjoyed a successful career as a strategist/policy maker and legislative project manager developing propositions and services to deliver benefits for stakeholders and government. Steve typically focused on innovation and change, leading teams of specialists to deliver complex strategic projects in areas where effective engagement and customer insight were key to success.

Rachael Wallach
Rachael Wallach

Founder and Director, Disrupt Disability

Rachael is currently studying for a Masters in Business Administration at Stanford University. In 2016 she founded Disrupt Disability, a user-led tech start up that is using user innovation, opensource design and distributed manufacturing to give wheelchair users greater choice and control while reducing the cost of fully customised wheelchairs. Rachael previously worked in central government where she led the Strengthening Disabled People’s User Led Organisations programme, which built the capacity of social care not-for-profits that were led or controlled by disabled people. Prior to this she worked in local government and the National Health Service as Commissioner of services for disabled children and young people. Rachael has significant non-executive experience as the Vice Chair of Scope, the disability charity, and as a non-executive director and trustee of both the Social Care Institute for Excellence, the agency responsible for driving improvement across the sector, and Community Integrated Care, a large UK social care provider.

Iain McKinnon
Iain McKinnon

Head of Inclusive Design, Global Disability Innovation Hub

Iain is a trained product design engineer who has developed a specialism in inclusive design since 2005. A member of the National Register of Access Consultants, Iain has experience providing innovative and pragmatic inclusive design advice and solutions across a wide range of sectors, projects and events. Iain provides the client side lead on all aspects of accessibility and inclusive design for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ensuring a lasting legacy from the success of the 2012 Paralympics. In parallel, Iain is also a founding member of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) and one of the core team who have created and developed this unique initiative. As part of the Hub team, Iain is instrumental in creating and developing the founding and growing partnerships and delivering the first series of design ‘hacks’ and collaborative projects. For more information visit: www.disabilityinnovation.com

Molly Gavriel
Molly Gavriel

Head of Operations, DisruptDisability

Molly joined DisruptDisability as Head of Operations inJuly 2016. DisruptDisability uses user-innovation, open source design, digital fabrication and distributed manufacturing to enable anyone who needs a wheelchair to access one that is fully customised to their individual needs.

 

Michael Wakelin - Panel Chair
Michael Wakelin - Panel Chair

Religion Expert and Media Consultant

Michael Wakelin is a Founding Partner of the Religious Literacy Partnership, Executive Associate in Public Education for the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, Director, Coexist Programmes for Coexist House, and Executive Producer at TBI Media. Previously he was Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC after 23 years at the Corporation working on a range of output across all channels. His current key work streams include a major online programme Religious Literacy for Organisation with EY, a Senior Faith Leadership Training programme with FIL and St Georges Windsor, and executive production of series on Radio 4 and Radio 2.

Nat Hunter
Nat Hunter

Strategic Director, Machines Room

Nat is a user experience designer and uses her work to explore ways design can have positive social impact. From 2012 -2014 Nat was Co-Director of Design at the RSA, which included heading up the RSA Student Design Awards programme as well as co-founding the Great Recovery project. Before that she was a founding director of Airside, an award-winning cross-platform design agency that worked in moving image, graphic design, illustration, and digital interaction until its closure in 2012.

She is on the boards of the Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology and Blackhorse Workshop, and is a consultant to the Royal College of Art on the Future Makespaces in the Redistributed Manufacturing project.

She is now mostly found at Machines Room, East London’s Impact Maker Space, an open access makerspace exploring manufacturing futures, alternative business models and ways of living.

Benedict Dellot
Benedict Dellot

Associate Director, RSA

Benedict is Associate Director in the RSA’s Economics, Enterprise and Manufacturing team. His research interests include the future of work, artificial intelligence and economic inequality. 

Denise Stephens
Denise Stephens

Founder, Enabled by Design

Denise Stephens is founder of Enabledby Design (EbD), a community of people who are passionate about Design for All. They believe that good design can support people to live independently by helping to make day-to-day tasks that little bit easier. EbD was inspired by Denise's experiences following her diagnosis of relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2003. As she became more dependent on assistive technology, her world was slowly transformed into an uninspirational palette of 'NHS' grey and beige. Frustrated by the current one-size-fits-all ethos, she wanted to make an immediate difference to other people’s lives.

Denise is a thought leader and ‘critical friend’ in the fields of disability, inclusive design and independent living, speaking at a range of health, design and technology related events. As well as her consultancy work and speaker engagements, Denise has been central to the planning and running of independent living related events: 'We are Enabled byDesign' held at the Design Museum in 2010 and a series of accessible design hack events called Enabled by Design-athons held in London, Washington DC and Sydney since 2012.

Craig Wightman
Craig Wightman

Executive Design Director, Kinneir Dufort

Craig Wightman has 30 years’ experience in design and, having had previous spells in design consultancy and manufacturing industry, has been Design Director at Kinneir Dufort since 1997.

With an enviable track record of international client success and awards recognition. Kinneir Dufort integrate Research, Innovation, Design and Development, balancing creative and technical expertise, helping companies deliver successful new products and brand experiences.

A highly experienced design consultant, Craig works closely with companies and organisations of all sizes, including global corporations, SMEs, business start-ups, spin-outs and entrepreneurs. Areas of focus include design management and strategy, healthcare and medical devices, consumer products, packaging and fast-moving consumer goods, business-to-business and industrial products.

Jamie Burdett
Jamie Burdett

Director of Innovation, GoodBrand

Jamie has worked in sustainability, innovation and communication for the last 20 years. He has worked in advertising companies, co-founded an ethical finance business and a recycling technology company and is currently Director of Innovation at GoodBrand, a social impact innovation business, and Director of WateringHole, his own sustainability innovation consultancy.

Cat Drew
Cat Drew

Project Director, Uscreates

At Uscreates Cat oversees delivery of a range of projects to design better health and well-being futures, using data and design techniques including user centred design, ethnography, data visualisation, behavioural insights, prototyping, co-design and engagement and social business models. Previously she was a Senior Policy Advisor at Policy Lab, working with government departments to promote design-based techniques in policymaking, including service and user centred design, ethnography, data science and visualisation, behavioural insights and prototyping. She was Head of Policy IT and Digitisation Policy at the Home Office, supporting police forces to become digital by working with tech experts and forces to co-design a set of digital capabilities that set out what a digital force looks like, and working with the College of Policing to develop a programme of support to provide funding and collect evidence to help forces adopt these. Prior to that Cat was Head of Neighbourhood Policing at the Home Office, and a Researcher at IPPR.

Ian Hunter - Panel Chair
Ian Hunter - Panel Chair

Co-founder and Director, Materials Council

Co-founder and director of Materials Council, Ian is a materials specialist helping creative practitioners to understand materials better and to use better materials.Clients include Squire & Partners, EPR architects and the Design Council.


Trained in industrial design and following a brief stint as a chandelier designer, Ian cut his teeth as a materials researcher at Foster + Partners and was involved in a range of prestigious projects including Masdar City, Space Port America and Apple Campus II. An evangelist for the physical world, Ian speaks regularly on materials at design practices, public events and is a visiting lecturer at Kingston University, University of Hertfordshire, Middlesex University and the RCA.

Karen Nicol RDI
Karen Nicol RDI

Karen Nicol is an embroidery and mixed media textile designer/artist.

She has had an embroidery design practice for over 40 years in London, whose aim is to break boundaries in conventional fabric embellishment by design and innovation, working for clients across the world in fashion, interiors and gallery.

Karen founded the Mixed Media course at the Royal College of Art, London and was senior lecturer, research fellow and Visiting Professor on the textiles master’s degree for 19 years.

Karen became a Royal Designer for Industry in 2015.

David Dropkin
David Dropkin

Associate, BuroHappold Engineering

As a practitioner with an interest in access, inclusion and user-centric design for over 20 years, David’s specialism is delivering strategic consultancy to masterplanning and architectural teams, providing a range of services across business sectors for new and existing developments, including design appraisal, technical guidance, access strategy and policy in the UK, Eire and Middle East. He has a keen interest in challenging perceptions about disability and believes in delivering projects that embrace seamless provision for disabled and non-disabled people alike. David is a Design Council Cabe Built Environment Expert, a Consultant Member of the National Register of Access Consultants, a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California and co-author of the Metric Handbook chapter on access and inclusion.

Julie Fleck
Julie Fleck

Project Lead, Built Environment and Professional Education Project (BEPE), Construction Industry Council

Julie is passionate about creating a built environment that is accessible and inclusive for everyone. Innovation and creativity in our approach to and a commitment to the application of inclusive design principles and processes can really help change people’s lives.

Initially a town planner in local government, Julie specialised in access for disabled people, helping to improve access and facilities for disabled people in the City of London. In 2001 Julie moved to the Greater London Authority where she developed the London Plan policies on inclusive design and wrote the Supplementary Planning Guidance 'Accessible London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment’.

By providing technical access advice on strategic planning applications referred to the Mayor and contributing to the development of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s award winning Inclusive Design Strategy and Standards, Julie helped London deliver the “most accessible Olympic and Paralympic Games ever”. Following the success of London 2012, Julie became Project Lead on a Government Paralympic Legacy project aimed at stimulating a systematic change in the way built environment professionals are taught inclusive design – the Built Environment Professional Education Project. Julie is continuing to lead the project in its transition year from a government driven project to an industry owned and led project.

Julie is a member of the British Standards Institution Committee B/559 (responsible for developing standards on access for disabled people to buildings), is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Access Association and was awarded the OBE in 2004 for services to disabled people.

Andrew Grant RDI
Andrew Grant RDI

Founding Director, Grant Associates

Andrew Grant’s pioneering work in landscape architecture is extensively concerned with sustainability, incorporating fundamentals of ecological planting, biodiversity, water use and the sensitive and empirical needs of architects and environmental engineers. He has developed a global reputation for a range of extraordinarily innovative work which fuses elements of nature, technology and design, such as the acclaimed Gardens by the Bay attraction in Singapore. Other notable projects he has worked on include Accordia in Cambridge, Wessex Water Operations Centre in Bath and Kuala Lumpur's new international finance district, the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX).

Pat Russell
Pat Russell

Director for Integrated Health and Care Services, APM

Pat’s role at APM is to ensure that the health and care needs of its clients are fully integrated into all programmes whether through directly employed Allied Health Professionals or working in an integrated way with local services. She works closely with the current UK business not only to test out new ideas but to bring the best learning from the parent company in Australia, from leading health and disability organisations and from cutting edge research.

Formerly, Pat was a civil servant with wide experience in both policy development and delivery. As Head of the Office for Disability Issues, she was at the forefront of driving change across Whitehall getting greater involvement of disabled people in policy making, and was a champion of the Built Environment Professional Education project.

Outside work, Pat volunteers for the Scout Association and is Chair of Trustees for Staffordshire Scout Council responsible for providing week-in, week-out activities for nearly 8,000 young people supported by 2,000 adult volunteers.

Julian Astle
Julian Astle

Director of Creative Learning and Development, RSA

Before joining the RSA, Julian worked in No. 10 Downing Street as a Senior Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Before that he was Director of the CentreForum think tank, a Post-Conflict Adviser in Bosnia and Kosovo, and a political adviser to (Lord) Paddy Ashdown in Westminster.

Jeroen Reijmakers
Jeroen Reijmakers

Senior Director, Design Strategy & Innovation, Philips Design

Jeroen leads a Global Innovation Design programme at Philips Design, with presence in the Netherlands (Eindhoven), USA (Cambridge MA), India (Bangalore), China (Shanghai) and Brazil (Blumenau). Through design thinking his team envisions a better future in the health continuum, and makes those visions a reality.

At the Design Faculty of the Technical University Delft, he has held a Visiting Professor position in the Design United research centre for design since 2015.

Jeroen has lectured at several design conferences, and was a jury member at the CII Design Excellence Awards 2015 in New Delhi, and jury member of the 2011 China Red Star Design Awards during Beijing Design Week. He has been invited to give open lectures at Design universities, including CIID in Copenhagen, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden.

James Eelbeck
James Eelbeck

Innovation Consultant, Kinneir Dufort

James is an experienced innovation consultant at Kinneir Dufort with an excellent track record of helping clients drive sustainable growth through meaningful insight-led innovation.

With an enviable track record of international client success and awards recognition, Kinneir Dufort integrate Research, Innovation, Design and Development, balancing creative and technical expertise, helping companies deliver successful new products and brand experiences.

On global innovation projects for clients such as Sony, Roche Diabetes Care, The North Face and Coca-Cola, James combines his design background with a deep curiosity about the needs, motivations and frustrations of users across different industries and sectors – creating an unerring ability to deliver commercial success.

In 2011 James won an RSA Student Design Award with a project focusing on closed-loop sustainability, which has always been, and still is, one of the central themes in his work.

Eileen Mitchell
Eileen Mitchell

Senior Contract and Programme Manager, Community Partnerships Team, NHS England

Eileen is an experienced social worker, who has worked in the UK and internationally.  Until recently she had a central role in the leadership of adult safeguarding in Leeds, working with partner agencies across the city. During 2016 she moved to NHS England where she is contributing to increased integration between health and social care. Her current focus is on health as a social movement, supporting the spread of localised, community driven initiatives to improve wellbeing.  Heavily involved in her own local community Eileen is genuinely ‘walking the talk’ and supporting both education and health activities.

Matthew Robinson
Matthew Robinson

Managing Director of Policy Research, Accenture

Matthew Robinson is the managing director of policy research at Accenture, focusing on innovation in markets, industries, and policy. His recent publications have covered city-level policy for innovation, the emergence of markets made contestable by IT, the digital density of national economies and its link to productivity growth, and the regulatory response to disruptive startups. Matthew is an experienced facilitator of strategic dialogue with senior executives from public, private and social sectors. He has a background in strategy consulting.

Zahra Davidson
Zahra Davidson

Co-founder, Enrol Yourself

Zahra is a designer who specialises in design for learning experiences, programmes and products, and she is co-founder of Enrol Yourself; a platform for affordable, flexible lifelong learning.

Enrol Yourself are piloting a 'Learning Marathon', a six month peer-to-peer learning 'accelerator' designed for people who are working to integrate learning into their lives, alongside their work. Participants pursue their goals from within a diverse peer group, with access to the collective skills, resources and momentum.

The Learning Marathon is a response to a future of work that will increasingly require us to become lifelong learners, the lack of accessible and compelling options, and the need for unprecedented creativity in response to global challenges.

Zahra alsoworks with Forum for the Future developing The School of System Change, and was previously a senior designer in their System Innovation Lab.

Stephen Bennett
Stephen Bennett

Deputy Head of Foresight, Government Office for Science

Stephen has worked in a variety of roles in government, linked by their location at the interface of evidence and policy. His current work in the Government Office for Science develops evidence for departments to produce future-resilient policy.

Previously Stephen has worked on a range of climate and social policy issues in government, including biofuels sustainability at the Department for Transport, climate mitigation at DECC, and taxcredits in HMRC.

Stephen is undertaking a Masters degree at Central Saint Martins, part of University of the Arts London, as part of their MA Art and Science programme.

Abi Stephenson
Abi Stephenson

Events Producer, RSA

Abi curates content for the RSA's public events series. She is also the producer and editor of the award-winning RSA Animate videos, and helped take the series from a few thousand views to over 60 million around the world. Abi previously worked at the Brighton Festival, and was an events manager at a large bookshop.

Martin Lambie-Nairn RDI - Panel Chair
Martin Lambie-Nairn RDI - Panel Chair

Martin is one of Britain’s leading authorities on creative brand development, and is the creator of iconic brand identities, including Channel 4, the BBC, the Royal Opera House and O2. He also conceived the original idea for the satirical TV series Spitting Image. The eponymous company he founded was sold to WPP in 1999 and Martin now advises business leaders on transformational brand and creative strategies, while also leading design projects through his company, ML-N, and the branding design agency Red & White. 

Other projects for UK broadcasters include all BBC News channels and domestic channels, ITN, Central TV, Carlton TV, The Business Channel, Anglia TV, Scottish TV, Sky Atlantic and BSB. Projects for more than 15 broadcasters in other parts of the world earned his company a Queens Award for Export and countless national and international creative awards. Martin is a Royal Designer for Industry, a Visiting Professor to the Faculty of the Arts at The University of Lincoln, the recipient of two Doctor of Arts degrees and author of Brand Identity for Television.

May Al-Karooni
May Al-Karooni

Founder and CEO, Globechain

May Al-Karooni is the founder of Globechain.com, a reuse platform that connects corporates to charities and SMEs within a supply chain network, providing a waste and social impact audit to its members. 

May previously worked within the investment banking industry, fundraising monies for venture capital, property and hedge funds for the last 10 years with over £120m raised. In 2013 May set up Globechain after seeing a demand for a new online circular economy within the waste management industry from her own employer.

Globechain has gained huge momentum, growing to 10,000 members working with global brands and charities nationallyand internationally, working within the retail, commercial and construction sector. 

Pete Mellor
Pete Mellor

Pete is an Emmy award-winning, London based animator and is a member of the internationally renowned Peepshow Collective. He is also represented individually as a director by Trunk Animation.

Pete works closely with art directors, illustrators and designers to create a wide variety of work from character animation to motion graphics and everything in between.

As well as his connections to Peepshow Collective he was lead animator on the London 2012 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies and has worked as a freelance animator and compositor at a variety of companies including The Mill, onedotzero, INTRO, Imagination and Jellyfish.

Susie Hewson
Susie Hewson

International Marketing Director, Bodywise (UK) Ltd; Founder, Natracare

Susie Hewson has been for over 25 years, the International Marketing Director of Bristol-based Bodywise (UK) Ltd. She is the founder of Natracare, the organic and natural hygiene brand and is responsible for product development, brand management and marketing strategy.

Susie is a Graphic Design graduate of Ravensbourne College of Art & Design, a Postgraduate of Education from Reading University and a Fellow of the RSA. An environmental campaigner and advocate for responsible design and cradle to grave design principles.

David Sheldon-Hicks
David Sheldon-Hicks

Co-founder, Executive Creative Director, Territory

As co-founder and Executive Creative Director at London-based Territory, David’s multidisciplinary team thrives on future vision challenges. Including film graphics and titles for Prometheus, Zero Dark Thirty, Ex Machina, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers and The Martian, and brands such as Intel, Vogue, Nike, Sony and Virgin Atlantic.

Charlie Rohan
Charlie Rohan

Senior Director, User Centred Design, NCR

Charlie Rohan’s roles at NCR have covered many aspects of the design, development and customer deployment of self-service and assisted service touchpoints. A central focus throughout has been that the implementations of new technology solutions must be accessible and beneficial to the widest possible range of end users. 

Charlie was one of the small team of designers responsible for the industrial design and human factors for the first range of NCR Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) designed in Dundee. Following this, as a Senior Product Manager he gained experience of release processes; gathering customer requirements and championing user and design issues within other areas of NCR. He participated in the US ATM Task Force that developed recommendations for the user access requirements for ATMs that are referenced under the Americans with Disabilities legislation and ANSI Standards.

From 1997 Charlie led the NCR Design Centre, one of NCR’s Global Consulting Services, providing transaction focused design expertise to customers engaged in the development of new branch types and interaction design for transactional electronic consumer delivery channels. The Design Centre conducted projects across Europe, Middle East, Asia, Canada and the USA. 

Charlie is currently the design and usability lead for hardware interaction across all of NCR’s business areas. His multidisciplinary team is responsible for design strategy and implementation for all of the NCR self and assisted service technologies. The design strategy and products designed by this team have been finalists in the Industrial Designers of America Industrial Design Excellence Awards in 2015 and 2016 and winners in the German Design Awards in 2016 and iF Awards in 2017.

Päivi Juolahti
Päivi Juolahti

Head of Renewal, Fazer Group

Päivi Juolahti leads the Fazer Group Renewal function which is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of experts in research, new business development, and open innovation. The purpose of the function is to create and capitalise on proprietary insights and innovations that renew Fazer. Päivi is also leading a major research and business development programme called Fazer Brainhow. Fazer Brainhow creates a science-based understanding on the impact of nutrition, sleep, and mental and physical exercise on our cognitive performance and wellbeing. Based on this understanding, Fazer aims to create new product and service innovations together with partners in an ever-evolving ecosystem.

Andy Shipley
Andy Shipley

Policy Manager, Aspire

Andy Shipley is Policy Manager with Aspire. Between 2000 and 2007, Andy led the Disability Rights Commission’s work on inclusive design of the built environment, before being seconded to government to advise on its ‘Housing strategy for an ageing society’. Andy is also a former member of the government’s Building Regulations Advisory Committee and a Commissioner for a ‘sustainable London 2012’. He is a former Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association and is currently a Director of visual impairment charity BucksVision.

Sonnet Stanfill
Sonnet Stanfill

Acting Senior Curator, Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion, Victoria and Albert Museum

Sonnet Stanfill is Acting Senior Curator in the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A where she has worked since 1999. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century fashion production and consumption and her exhibitions include Ossie Clark (2003), New York Fashion Now (2007) and co-curation of Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 (2012), with accompanying publications. She also curated the major exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion (2014) and edited its publication. Sonnet is currently building up the V&A’s holdings of new textile technologies, including a focus on sustainable textiles, smart fabrics and medical textiles, as well as wearable technology. Before joining the V&A, Sonnet worked as retail buyer in San Francisco and New York.



Paul Duffy
Paul Duffy

Head of Media and Communications, RSA

Paul is responsible for the RSA's communications activity. He previously worked as an Output Editor at the BBC, and in consultancy as a communications strategist.

Lynn Wilson
Lynn Wilson

Winston Churchill Design Fellow and FRSA

Lynn Wilson is a textile designer, circular economy specialist and is a visiting lecturer in sustainable fashion design. For thepast 10 years she has worked within public and third sector organisations in the UK and internationally bringing a design perspective to the development of products and services for complex policy led systems such as town planning and waste management. Lynn is currently the Sector Manager, Manufacturing in the pioneering Circular Economy Team at Zero Waste Scotland. In 2015 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship and visited Japan to explore circular economy textile technology, heritage and design practices. She is also an RSA Fellow.


Russ Camplin
Russ Camplin

Design Strategy Manager, RBS, Choice & Design, Location & Property Strategy

Russ is a Design professional working in Property Portfolio Strategy. He works very closely with RBS internal business partners to create, develop and project manage the development of appropriate design solutions with top design consultants and suppliers globally. Russ is currently leading the workplace furniture regional tender and the design development of Coutts in 440 Strand and Geneva.

Russ won an RSA Design Award in 1990 and his motivation for starting this sponsorship was both an understanding of the importance that fresh and innovative ideas can bring to the workplace and a need to give something back to the design industry. As part of the RSA Steering Group, Russ continuously reviews and develops the awards. Russ is working on a broader strategy to support Young British Designers and is engaged with the Helen Hamlyn Centre of Design, Royal College of Art, the Design Council and the Creative Education Trust that is aimed at supporting young designers from secondary school through to first employment.