Who we are

Our management team

Design Education CIC is run by a team of three Directors and a programmes coordinator, working together with a growing number of specialist advisors, teachers, designers and makers.

Ed Charlwood
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Head of the highly successful Design Department at Latymer Upper School, Ed is a former mechanical engineer who now inspires his pupils with his passion for new technology and the tackling of real-world problems.

David Baker
Managing Director
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Former architect, now an award-winning D&T teacher, David founded the Design Education Group in 2008 and has successfully piloted Design Camps, Clubs, Days and a variety of STEM programmes since then.

Fiona MacDonald
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For three years, as the Education Manager of the architecture charity Open City (formerly Open House), Fiona has developed unrivalled expertise in the use of architecture in the curriculum. As a trained architect, she brings a range of useful skills to our work, not least the design of Design Shed.

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Hans Haenlein has a well established reputation in the field of architectural and construction education. He is a leading expert in the planning of education facilities and has advised the government and individual schools on the preparation and implementation of strategies for education facilities and the design of specialist buildings. In 1987 he was awarded the MBE for services to architecture.

He joined Design Education in March 2015.

Charlotte Ennor
Programmes Manager
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Charlotte joined Design Education CIC in November 2013. She has over 12 years’ experience as a production and office manager in graphic design and television as well as 4 years spent working in sustainable research.

Our advisory team

Design Education CIC is fortunate in being able to call on the support and advice of a number of experts.

Dr David Barlex
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David is an acknowledged leader in design & technology education, curriculum design and curriculum materials development. His particular inputs into our work covers curriculum development, teacher training & CPD programmes.

Steve Miller
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Originally trained in typography, Steve is now an independent social entrepreneur with extensive experience of working with a wide range of ‘third sector’ and community organisations. He advises us on strategy, governance and funding.

Mark Harmsworth
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Mark was a D&T teacher for 18 years (including a stint as Head of Department) but he now specialises in design equipment for schools, writing curriculum material for various national programmes, and training teachers in the use of LEGO to develop creativity.

Our team of designers and makers

In the course of the past six years, the following designers and makers have devised and led our programmes and workshops:

Product designers – Ben Wilson, George Fereday, David Hood, Florie Salnot, Gavin Tilstone

Fashion & textile designers – Christopher Raeburn, Jane Bowler, Imogen Luddy, David Bradley, Karen Shand

Architects – Jonathan Pugh, Fiona MacDonald

Metalworkers & jewellers – Lina Peterson, Caren Hartley, Alice McLean, Laura Bradshaw-Heap

Musician/instrument maker – Neal McBride

Puppeteer – Sara Ekenger

Filmmaker – Billur Turan

Shoemaker – Caterina Belluardo

Theatre & costume designer – Faye Bradley

Multi-materials artist – Seainin Passi

Our team of teachers

In the course of the past six years, our workshops have been staffed by teachers from many of the schools in West London, most particularly from the Design & Technology Departments at Fulham Cross Girls School (now part of Fulham College), Burlington Danes Academy, Sacred Heart High School, Phoenix High School and Latymer Upper School.