Professor Jeremy Myerson – Director of Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art.
Jeremy is the first-ever holder of the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design, with a remit to encourage ‘design that improves quality of life’. An academic, author and activist in design for more than 30 years, he began his working life as a journalist and was founder-editor of Design Week in 1986. He co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA in 1999, and his research interests focus on the role of design in social, demographic and technological change. A graduate of the RCA, Jeremy Myerson is the author of many books, chapters, papers and articles on people-centred and inclusive design. He chairs the WorkTech series of international conferences on workplace design, and sits on the advisory boards of design institutes in Hong Kong and Korea.
Ed Matthews – Reader and Senior Research Fellow in Healthcare Design at the Royal College of Art.
Ed joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in 2007 to lead the centre’s work in design for healthcare and patient safety. His first degree was a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath, followed by a Masters in Industrial Design from the RCA. He consulted in product design and development over a wide range of industries for ten years. He then focused on the design and engineering of medical devices for more than 20 years, During this period he ran a successful design firm.
Gianpaolo Fusari – Senior Research Associate, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.
Gianpaolo holds a joint MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. He joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in 2010 and is a Senior Research Associate in the Health & Patient Safety Lab. His specialism is design and research: using advanced user-research tools to derive evidence based design briefs and working with users and stakeholders to design, evaluate, develop and commercialise cost-effective solutions. Gianpaolo has worked on projects such as: the Emergency Ambulance; initiatives to reduce violence and aggression in Emergency Departments and a portable workstation to improve safety, consistency, workflow and information management for General Practitioners.
Jonathan West – Research Fellow, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.
Jonathan graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2003 and has now spent over a decade working on medical design. His work at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design focuses on design for health and patient safety. Projects he has researched and designed include: a new resuscitation trolley; improved drug packaging; a new bag for doctors to use on home visits and a number of systems-based interventions for community care. Several of these have won awards. Jonathan was the lead designer on the influential ‘Designing Out Medical Error’ project. His work has been published internationally in journals, books and as papers.
Professor Alastair Macdonald – Senior Researcher at the School of Design, within the Glasgow School of Art (GSA)
Alastair heads a small team of researchers with a focus on design research for ageing, health and care. He has a 20 year+ pedigree of pioneering interdisciplinary research in these areas operating at the interface between design, health and care practice, and people’s experience of products and services. His track record of RCUK and NIHR funded research, within multidisciplinary teams as both a PI and Co-I, includes work on spinal cord injury rehab, end-of-life care for people with dementia, hospital-associated infections and nutrition for older hospital patients. For such work, he and his team develop and integrate design approaches into the over-arching research methodologies and use these to probe, provoke, prototype and evaluate concepts and interventions.
Dr Louise Moody – Reader in User-Centred Health Design, and Director of CEPAD
Louise graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Psychology and Sport Science in 1998, and with a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2002. Her PhD research focused on the design of simulated environments for training and evaluating surgical skills. This led to an EPSRC funded post at the University of Warwick to apply Human Factors to the development of a virtual reality training system for knee surgery. After then working in occupational psychology consultancy for 2 years, Louise joined Coventry University in 2006. Formerly the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Product and Automotive Design (CEPAD), she is currently appointed as Reader in the School of Art and Design and works within the Centre for Transportation and Mobility. Louise’s research interests lie in embedding Human Factors within the design and evaluation of systems and products for healthcare. Recent projects have focussed on the specification and development of computer-based systems for healthcare, and the design and evaluation of assistive technology.
Professor Andree Woodcock – Professor of Educational Ergonomics and Design. Director of the Centre of Excellence in Product and Automotive Design.
Andree holds a BSc in Psychology and Social Biology with an MSc in Ergonomics from UCL. My PhD concerned an investigation of the use of ergonomics in automotive concept design acquired from Loughborough University while Andree was a Daphne Jackson Research Fellow. Most of Andree’s research has been located within design departments, looking at applying user-centred design to wicked problems in the areas of health, education, regeneration and transportation. Andree has been awarded grants in excess of £10 million since coming to Coventry University in 1999, mainly from RCUK and in collaboration with UK and European partners. These have included research on the design of polysensory school environments for children with ASD, an analysis of the involvement of children in the redesign of schools as part of the Building Schools for the Future Programme, the use of social networking by informal groups, the spontaneous, voluntary contributions of citizens to urban regeneration (VoiceYourView), and the development of a patient held record system (MyCare). Andree have worked with the HDTI on two projects developing a user testing toolkit for SMEs (IDEAL-ALIP project) and a decision support system for SMEs moving into the assistive technology market (COMODAL). Transport related research has included looking at the in car safety and security of female car occupants, an analysis of HMI of electric vehicles, an stakeholder analysis of an electric bus, a review of social transport and the leadership of an FP7 project to develop a Pan European tool to measure the quality of the passenger experience.