I am the Pathway Leader fort the BSc (Hons) Product Design and Technology course within the School of Engineering, I have also previously led the BSc Design Engineering Pathway. I have been involved with leading the Design Programmes in the School of Engineering since 2010
I am a passionate and creative Product Designer. My background is in commercial and creative Product Design, I have 14 years industrial experience which includes designing consumer products for the outdoors industry, working on retail interiors, developing street furniture and designing ranges of lighting for the commercial and also industrial sectors. My work has been nominated for, and won several prestigious design awards.
I teach Product Design, because I'm a passionate and creative Designer, who is enthusiastic about how the design can have a positive impact on people’s lives and the world around us, and I'm very keen to share this passion for Design with young designers
Design is everywhere. It seduces, pleases and inspires us. It defines who we are and who we think we are. And understanding it offers us a whole new way of seeing the world
I'm enthusiastic about the taught experience and ensuring all involved have an opportunity to express themselves and in doing so grow and develop as Designers
Manchester Metropolitan University 2010-2011
Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)
Macclesfield College 2008-2009
Level 4 Award in Education and Training (RQF) Certificate in teaching the lifelong learning sector (CTLS) Level 4 Award
Macclesfield College 2008- 2009
Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF) Preparing to teach the lifelong learning sector (PTLS) Level 3 Award Part-time
Sheffield Hallam University 1994 -1997
Product Design 1st Class Honours
South Cheshire College 1992 -1994
BTEC 3D Design / Product Design Distinction
Employer: Whitecroft Lighting
Date: January 2007 – August 2010
Positon: Senior Product Designer / Lighting Design - Team Leader
Whitecroft design and manufacture a broad range of bespoke and standard Luminaires, Lighting Systems and Lighting Controls. My team was responsible for the design of new luminaires for healthcare, education and commercial environments. Within the Education sector we successfully implemented a new lighting and acoustic scheme for several schools throughout the UK as part of the governments BSFinitiative.
Employer: Rekri8 (Karrimor GoSystem)
Date: July 2003 – December 2006
Positon: R&D Manager / Senior Product Designer
Rekri8 produced and distributed outdoor life style products and DIY equipment.
While working in the design studio I was fortunate to work on many exciting and innovative products for the outdoor pursuits market.
Most of the products we designed were aimed at Climbers, Campers and Outdoor Enthusiasts. These products were produced utilising a selection of manufacturing processes, from steel pressings and aluminium castings through to rubber and plastic mouldings. The R&D team were incredibly passionate about design and challenged every aspect to produce innovative and rewarding new products.
Employer: LINPAC (Now LINPAC & Schoeller Allibert Ltd)
Date: January 1999 – July 2003
Positon: Senior Design Engineer
The Design department had a diverse product range, to suit our customers - this included point of sale, storage, and predominately material handling equipment.
As my role progressed, I project managed the design and implementation of a delivery and storage system for the Sainsbury’s Internet home shopping campaign.
LINPAC Winsford primarily manufactured large Injection moulded parts, however I also designed and developed, vac formed and blow-moulded products in conjunction with other LINPAC sites around Europe.
Employer: Plastic Omnium
Date: September 1997 – January 1999
Positon: Product Designer
During my employment at Plastic Omnium, I worked on several new design developments the main manufacture route for these included plastic rotational moulding and tubular steel fabrications. The projects included, street furniture, recycling products, movable storage and playground equipment, all of which were
successfully implemented. I also took an active role in the design and build of the trade show exhibition stands.
Partner: HOPP Creative 2006 - Present
HOPP Creative was set up by my partner and I, as a design consultancy offering a professional and creative service with a very personal approach. Our expertise and experience is within the following disciplines - Product Design, Design Engineering, Graphics, and Fashion & Marketing. We are very passionate about Design, Creativity and helping people’s ideas grow into something amazing...
I currently look after and manage the BSc (Hons) Product Design and Technology Pathway.
I'm also have the role of Student Experience lead for the School of Engineering
Product Design and the way in which we interact with products as humans is an intriguing subject area. Good design, including the aesthetic, the form factor and product semantics are in incredibly important when creating and promoting a worthwhile interaction with a product.
Understanding how important good design can be when producing products that have a benefit to them, i.e. healthcare, social and educational products is something we promote on the Product Design and Technology programme, a products form and a sense of its character can have a profound effect on a person’s wellbeing.
The making of products is also an intrinsic part of the Product Design and Technology programme, we aim to ensure there is a clear understanding between the method in which a product is made, the material that is employed and the sense that this gives to the user.
I teach on the following undergraduate programmes:
BSc Product Design and Technology (also Programme Leader)
BSc Design Engineering
I also teach on the following units as part of the above programmes:
Professional Design and Practice
Advanced Design Communication
I teach on the following post undergraduate programme:
MA/MSc Product Design
My Current research is:
Human Responce to Three Dimnsion Forms
Understanding of the connections humans have with form, geometry and materials. We are currently surrounded by an increasing amount of products that poses many different arrangements of forms and geometry, some of which we find appealing and some of which we do not.
My research looks at how we can test the effects of forms on people and gain a clear knowledge of what they are actually feeling. A sample of people are be exposed to objects in a controlled manner within a test space, they are then be observed utilising EEG sensing equipment, this gives performance metrics and
measure the brain’s cognitive and emotional states. This data is then be utilised to gain and understanding of how the object the person was exposed to made them feel.
My previous research experience has all been within industry, this includes:
Company: LINPAC - 1999 - 2003
I undertook a research project to develop a method of creating a nonslip surface for injection moulded
moveable platforms within a retail environment. The project had specific requirements for loading and also temperature. An internal test centre was set up and UKAS accredited to test the product within temperature controlled environments. The research led to the development of twin shot moulded EDM and Polypropylene structure, these were then utilised in injection moulded pallets and dollies within two major retailers - Tesco & Sainsbury’s
Whilst at LINPAC I also complete trials along with the University of Liverpool, to bond Polypropylene with
Lasers, this was required to produce strong twin skin forms for the retail sector, the final outcome used a translucent (to a laser) material and black polypropylene to produce a water tight and incredibly strong product. This was implemented in a product called the MAXIPAC, this product is now industry standard and utilised for the distribution and display of vegetables within the main high street retailers including, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Waitrose etc.
Company: Rekri8 2003 – 2007
Within the R&D department at Rekri8 I headed up a team who researched the safety of camping gas stoves and lanterns, and in particular how to stop the products from flaring and producing dangerous flames when they are knocked over into a horizontal position. The R&D team looked at regulating the gas pressure and also the liquid and vapour mix, and how to ensure that the liquid did not leak through to the burner. A solution was developed utilising a Schrader valve within the burner body, this stopped the products from producing dangerous flames when in a horizontal position, and went on to become an award winner and favourite within the family camping market
Company: Whitecroft Lighting - 2007 - 2010
I led a research team who were investigating the effect of noise pollution within an education environment.
We produced sample products that enabled us to test lighting solutions that would act as an absorption barrier and meet governments legislation for sound reverberation within secondary school environments. The products were successfully tested within an anechoic chamber, and the test data confirmed that they met the required targets and thus were utilised within open soffit ceiling types in education and healthcare environments.
I have instigated and led industry sponsored student projects with the following companies:
JSC Roto Moulding