Design Ventura Shortlisting Panel 2019

Posted by Sophie Cunningham on November 06 2019

Design Ventura, Expert, Teacher

Following the submission date of 13 November at 5pm, all entries will be carefully reviewed by our shortlisting panel of judges. They will have the difficult task of selecting the top ten submitted ideas for Design Ventura 2019. You can read more about them below (in alphabetical order):

Valerie Charlton
Valerie’s interest in Human Behaviour led her to obtain a BSc in Psychology before going on to complete a Masters in Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York City.  She has worked in the product design field for over fifteen years, most recently as Design Director of Sebastian Conran Associates, a multidisciplinary London-based consultancy.

Roy Houston
Roy has been an active Design Ventura expert for several years, and by volunteering at workshops he provides his valuable business insight as the Head of Service Assurance Analytical Platforms at Deutsche Bank, along with his experience in the IT industry, Retail, Technology and Financial Services organisations. Roy enjoys seeing how participating Design Ventura schools are able to design, build and deliver innovative products to be sold in a business context.

Peta Miller
Peta is passionate about design, and believes in the power of the big idea as the starting point for every brand’s identity. Peta has over three decades of creative expertise, business acumen and production know-how, working directly with clients from most sectors, from global giants to innovative start-ups. Peta trained at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design (Foundation in Graphic Design), and Middlesex Polytechnic (BA Hons in Graphic Design). Peta is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and has been a ‘Design Ventura’ industry expert volunteer since 2013.

Harry Mitchell
Harry is an Associate Director at Sebastian Conran Associates, a London based industrial design consultancy that have a diverse portfolio ranging from homewares through to consumer robotics. After graduating from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) in Three Dimension Design – Product and Furniture, Harry gained a particular interest in mechanical engineering, which he enjoys applying to live projects as well as at home in his workshop.

Clare Moore
Clare is a Chartered Architect, with a wealth of experience delivering projects in public and private sectors of the industry. This is complimented by her extensive experience as an educator at UK Universities. Clare founded C3M Studio in 2009, a London based architectural practice that provides furniture installations, refurbishments, education and residential projects. Her conceptual approach is characterised by pealing back layers to reveal the original character of existing buildings, by utilising appropriate sustainable materials to creatively reuse and enhance original beauty.

Florence Okoye
Florence (pronouns: she/her) is a UX (User Experience) designer whose practice is based on using service design methods to inclusively design digital experiences and infrastructure. She currently works as a UX designer at the Natural History Museum and is a member of the Kiondo design collective.

Alex Woolley
Alex is one half of creative duo Common Curiosity, a multi-disciplinary design studio based in both London and Birmingham. He is an ideas driven designer, working across various design disciplines, sectors and scales – from global rebrands through to postage stamps. Curious by nature, Alex enjoys the marriage between creativity and craft, with a love for the pursuit of simplicity and using creativity as a problem solver.