With a strong track-record of forming productive partnerships, Matthew works with a range of research and innovation funders to help companies and public-sector organisations benefit from the Design School’s knowledge and expertise.

Trained in both design and business, I manage research and design projects across disciplines, from digital-media through product and brand and into service design.  As challenging as that variety can be, I think it’s a great privilege.  Improving how users interact with the made world is what it’s all about.

A key area of my activity centres around innovation in business, particularly understanding how design practices and methods drive innovation in such settings. I’m also the School’s lead on KTP, a funded industry-facing programme that helps organisations to adopt and integrate design and innovation in-house.

For more information on KTPs please click here

A second significant area of my research focuses on innovation in Healthcare, through Service Design approaches/methods.  For example, this has included developing improved care-pathways for people with Type II Diabetes and better-equipped clinicians advising those people and their carers/loved-ones.

My collaborators in this area of research include: Newcastle University Medical School, AgeUK, Hitachi, Newcastle City Council, NESTA, NHS (healthcare service design), Salford Royal and NIHR.

Prior to joining Northumbria University, I held positions in Design and Product Management in Manufacturing Industry, analysing market opportunities and managing design programmes from a human-centred perspective, from inception to market launch. My experience to date encompasses over forty products and services in production, encompassing national and international Patents and Design Registrations.