As Innovation Lead for Design at Innovate UK, Ben is responsible for the development and implementation of the organisation’s national design strategy and support programmes. This includes the Design Foundations competition which has provided over £6 million of grant funding for businesses to carry out early-stage, human-centred design studies. Ben works to promote excellent design practice across national innovation programmes, including the Healthy Ageing Challenge and other Industrial Strategy Challenge Funds.
Prior to joining Innovate UK in 2014, Ben practised as a multi-disciplinary industrial, UX and service designer and held positions as a senior designer and non-exec director at Alloy, an experience-led design consultancy. He’s managed and delivered strategic interventions for clients of all sizes, across many sectors, always with a focus on adding value through better experiences.