Dean of the School of Design and Head of Programme Vehicle Design at Royal College of Art
Professor Dale Harrow is dean of the School of Design and head of its Vehicle Design programme, a global center of excellence in automotive design education. With a near 100 per cent record in student transition to professional practice, Vehicle Design was shortlisted for the Queen’s Award for Excellence in Education. Harrow is an international opinion former, commentator and media persona on design and the automotive car industry. He is an award-winning designer, academic leader and researcher. Always keen to raise the intellectual debate about vehicle design, Harrow has lectured internationally on the subject.
Co-director of Design at RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
Sophie Thomas is the founding director of thomas.matthews, the award winning UK pioneers in sustainable communication design established in 1998. She has been working in the fields of communication, sustainable design and material process for over 15 years working with global businesses and UK government organizations to define the role of designers within the discussion around waste streams, resource efficiency and circular economies.
She co-founded a number of enterprises including greengaged, an organization that aims to advance the design industry’s capacity to respond to environmental challenges through knowledge sharing. In addition to the RSA post she has recently become Director of Design for the Useful Simple Trust where her focus will be to work with designers and engineers to create trailblazing work.
She plays a vocal part in promoting sustainable thinking in design through education, working with organizations like Cape Farewell and speaking internationally and throughout the UK. She writes regularly for the design press, is an associated member of the CIWM, included in Who’s Who and sits on a number of advisory panels for sustainable design. She is a past trustee for the Design Council until 2011 and is a trustee of the Useful Simple Trust.