I began my career in industrial design consultancy working on a diverse range of projects. Consulting on both industrial and commercial design, I have worked for clients that include CarnaudMetalBox, IMI Santon, HSBC and Sainsbury's. Projects include consumer electrical and electronic goods, commercial retail interiors, design for manufacture, industrial equipment, process/manufacturing plant and production tooling.
Following my commercial design career, I took an academic role at Sheffield Hallam University, teaching on the Industrial Design Innovation course and becoming the course leader. I then led the development of a new programme in Product Design and took the course leadership for a number of years. Taking a role as a Principal Lecturer, I became the recruitment lead for undergraduate courses in Art, Design, Communication and Media and latterly for the Department of Art and Design.
I am a member of the Department Leadership Team in my current role and provide professional and academic leadership in the Department of Art and Design. I have represented the department internationally and have established partnerships with institutions in China and Taiwan. As Regional and Global Engagement Lead I establish opportunities for the department, its staff and students, to engage with organisations across the UK and internationally.
I have maintained professional design practice during my academic career and have worked on commercial projects for companies such as Marks & Spencer and Gillette as well as projects in the medical sector and for an international charity. I am currently engaged in design research focused on product lifespan and the circular economy with an interest in critical and speculative design.
Specialist areas of interest
Design for a Circular Economy