We are delighted that a number of colleagues, with whom we have had the pleasure of working over the years, have agreed to be listed as associates who may work with us on some projects and whose talents we can draw on to support work we are doing.

Ed Charlwood

Ed Charlwood headshotHead of Design at an Independent school in West London

I am a passionate advocate of Design education who believes in the power of learning through analysis, designing and making. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator (class of 2013), a Google Certified Teacher (class of 2015) and the DATA Outstanding Newcomer to Design and Technology Award winner (2008), a particular focus of my work is to exemplify the notion that innovative and appropriate use of technology can redefine the traditional teacher-learner relationship and transform educational designing and making experiences. My vision is to inspire and empower students to make the things they imagine.

Mark Gilbert

Mark GilbertDigital Designer and Partner at Gilbert13.

I am an Industrial and Product Designer specializing in CAD/CAM, haptics and digital manufacturing particularly 3D printing and laser cutting. As well as being a practising designer, I work developing and teaching CAD/CAM workshops to schools and other groups.

Nick Givens

nickSenior Lecturer, and School Direct Design & Technology Subject Tutor at the University of Exeter.

I have long experience in D&T ITE, and Secondary ITE in general. My specialisms are in D&T in particular in Systems & Control, and ‘Resistant’ Materials, with a slight Engineering bias in both cases. I am also Interested in sustainable product life-cycles.

David Hills-Taylor

David is a freelance educational consultant, author and co-founder/director of STEM based resource development company Attainment in Education. A former SSAT Lead Practitioner, he has twelve years teaching and leadership experience in D&T, including roles as systems and control coordinator, faculty KS3 and KS4 manager and lead mentor for PGCE students. This has also included involvement in and leadership of numerous STEM based activities both within and outside of the regular curriculum. He is a senior examiner for Engineering courses, working across two of the three main awarding bodies.

In 2012 he received the D&T Association IET Digital D&T Award for his work in schools.

Phil Holton

Deputy head of Sixth Form and Head of Design, Technology & Engineering at Bromley High School for Girls

I have seven years teaching experience and expertise in CAD/CAM, Product Design and Innovative teaching strategies.  I am an Audi Foundation Creativity in Teaching Award Winner and my qualifications include: BA (Hons) Degree in Industrial Design & Technology (Loughborough), PGCE Design & Technology Education (Goldsmiths) and MA Design & Technology Education (Sheffield Hallam).

Steven Parkinson

UK Education Manager at Autodesk Inc.

Steve has worked within education for 15 years, and is a former teacher who has taught at secondary, college and university level. As a teacher, he received the James Dyson Foundation teacher of the year award, for influencing and contribution to the modernisation of Design and Technology education. Steve Co-Founded a disruptive educator movement, Teach Design, and later led various initiatives across the UK, including nationwide digital design programmes for Autodesk, and London-based STEM programmes for the Department for Education and the Mayor for London. He is a strong education professional, passionate about improving the teaching of Design and Technology, with a BSc (Hons) and MA focused in Design and Technology Education. Steve has worked with multiple disruptive organisations, including the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. In 2015, Steve was awarded an honorary fellowship at the Royal Society of Arts, for work in sustainability. Steve is now Education Manager for Autodesk in the UK, working with students and educators in schools, colleges and universities.

James Pitt

james croppedaIndependent Education Consultant, freelance advisor to Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The main foci of my work are education and training towards a circular economy, Design & Technology education, STEM, initial teacher training and continuing professional development and systems thinking.

Emma Watson

Freelance Administrator

Degree educated, I have over 10 years’ experience as a project manager within D&T education working with primary and secondary teachers, and lecturers in Higher Education as well as industry representatives. Experience in developing and writing proposals; organising and coordinating events and meetings; setting and working within budgets; maintaining databases and websites and report writing.

Malcolm Welch

Malcolm WelchProfessor Emeritus

Malcolm Welch trained as a handicraft teacher with a specialty in furniture design at Shoreditch College of Education, University of London. Following 22 years as a secondary teacher in a variety of schools in both England and Canada, he completed an MEd and PhD at McGill University. He taught at the University of Toronto before moving to the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University in 1994. He conducted research in the field of design and technology education, with a particular focus on design education, 2D and 3D modelling as educative experiences, using portfolios as a teaching, learning and assessment tool, and how research findings can inform classroom practice. As a result of this research, he gave the 2007 John Eggleston Memorial Lecturer at Loughborough University. He worked on major curriculum projects in England, America and Canada, and has co-authored eight textbooks, one of which is the most widely used of its type in the USA. Between 1999-2004 he directed the Elementary Science and Technology Project, which developed exemplary curriculum materials and a model of teacher professional development. Both his extensive school experience and his research underpin his approaches to teaching graduate courses in research methods and curriculum design and undergraduate courses in teaching methods, curriculum and instruction. Visit his website ( ) for a complete list of Malcolm’s published research, textbooks, and curriculum materials.

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