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World class designers confirmed for Design Means Business conference

An impressive line-up of leading UK and international designers are speaking at this year’s Design Means Business one day conference on Tuesday 9 May at the Northern Design Centre, Gateshead.

Inspirational keynote speakers from Lego Serious Play, Mamas and Papas, Think, BT, Portakabin and Herman Miller will reveal secrets of their national and international success and the importance of design to their businesses.

Innovative thinking is the common theme throughout the conference. Regional businesses and designers have the chance to question and learn from influential figures including Amanda Scacchetti, Mamas and Papas’ innovation director; Mark Catchlove, director of the insight group for Herman Miller; and Michel Cloosterman, international trainer for Lego Serious Play.

This is Design Network North’s most ambitious annual conference to date, and reflects the well-established reputation of the organisation, which is managed by RTC.

Demand for places is likely to be high, as in previous years, so early booking is recommended by the organisers.

Terry McStea of Design Network North said: “This is a really exciting line-up of speakers, who will be looking at the future of design, innovative thinking and how design is influencing commercial success.  It will be a fascinating, valuable conference for North East businesses to attend and participate in.”

To find out more or book a ticket contact Briony McStea 0191 516 4400 or briony.mcstea@rtcnorth.co.uk.


Nicola Millard, Head of Customer Insight and Futures
Nicola Millard heads up Customer Insight & Futures in BT's Global Services Innovation Team.  Despite working for a technology company, Nicola isn't a technologist and combines psychology with futurology to try and anticipate what might be lying around the corner for both customers and organisations.

Herman Miller
Mark Catchlove, Director of the Insight Group for Herman Miller’s EMEA region
Herman Miller is a 100-year-old-plus company that places great importance on design, the environment, community service and the health and well-being of their customers and employees. Mark has been involved in the office furniture industry for almost 30 years. His role is to commission research and then to share the findings with clients, designers and dealers around the region.

Lego Serious Play
Michel Cloosterman, International Trainer & Facilitator
The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is an innovative process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. Working as a business coach, Michel focuses on the development of Middle Management, teams & people in organisations. 

Portakabin Group
Andy Sneyd, Design and Engineering Director
Portakabin Group is a successful international company producing some of the most advanced building systems available. Andy has extensive experience across the breadth of the Construction and Environmental Engineering Industry with International constructors, pan European modular building manufacturers, SMB Contracting Business's and sector related supply chain distribution networks.

Mamas and Papas
Amanda Scacchetti, Innovation Director
Amanda leads the strategy and development of new innovative business models and service propositions for Mamas & Papas, in order to drive significant growth and incremental profit by creating solutions to unmet needs. 

Tom Moran, Senior UX Designer and Lee Allen, Associate Partner
TH_NK is a digital transformation agency, working with clients like Vue, Butlins, Warner Bros., New Look and Atom Bank to set and realise their digital ambitions. They combine the business focus of consultancies, the customer centricity of agencies, and the tech capability of systems integrators.

Apr 18, 2017

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