Education Design Council

Transforming the industry with evidence based design

The Education Council seeks to put effective design at the core of the learning process and show how evidence-based design decisions can transform the learning experience for everyone. The council consists of experts across the sector of the industry.

Lesley McMillan
Interior Designer at City of Edinburgh Council & SBID Education Council Chair

Lesley is an Architectural & Interior Designer with experience of designing educational spaces from nurseries and schools to libraries and museums and particularly passionate about creating holistic and therapeutic environments.

Gillian Nicoll
University of Edinburgh

Gillian is the Learning & Teaching Spaces Design Manager in the Estates Department at the University of Edinburgh. Gillian has 25 years Space Management experience, in central and local government, and laterally in the HEI sector at Edinburgh University, for the past 16 years.

Oliver Heath
Founder of Heath Design Ltd.

Oliver is a qualified Domestic Energy and Green Deal Assessor who founded an architectural and interior design practice, combining sustainability, consumer engagement and communications to inspire the uptake of future thinking in the built environment. He promotes happier, healthier places to live and work through his projects as designer, writer, and TV presenter.

Maxine Sloss
Founder of Super Power Agency

Maxine worked as a designer for 20 years for companies in New York and London before becoming an Art Teacher. She launched the Art Room charity in Edinburgh and founded the Super Power Agency - A mentoring centre which aims to improve literacy, foster aspiration and boost self esteem through the most fundamental super power the ability to read and write.

Twyla Michelle Howse
Director of N2ITION Ltd and Workplace Consultant at Wagstaff Group Ltd

Twyla is an industry professional, qualified to BSC, DipM, and MBA level and continuing to develop her multifaceted career which spans across the Interior Design industry and into the field of Sales and Marketing. She set up her own practice to combine these disciplines and focus on all aspects of interior design.

Ian Cathcart
National Sales Manager for Franklite Limited

Ian is well respected by colleagues and customers alike who appreciate his in-depth knowledge of all things lighting; a knowledge that has been founded on nearly three decades of experience within the lighting industry.

Jim Taylour
Head of Design and Wellbeing at Orangebox

Jim trained as a furniture designer and ergonomist, working in the furniture industry for 30 years both in a specialised occupational health capacity and in mainstream workplace design and research. Jim also chairs the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors special interest group on children’s ergonomics and helps to represent the industry furniture standards across Europe through the British Standards Institute.

Paul Fleming
Commercial Colour Services Manager, AkzoNobel Decorative Coatings

Paul is passionate about the transformational power of colour and design and creating better spaces that improve educational outcomes. He 30 years’ experience in the decorative market working across a number of commercial functions, channels and sectors. His current role is leading the Commercial Colour Services design team for Dulux Trade in the UK.

Lucy Richards
Founder & Creative Director StudioLR

Lucy founded StudioLR in 2004 – a design company committed to how design makes people feel. They cut through complexity and noise to connect with people and create experiences that improve everyday lives. She is the Scottish Chapter Chair for the Society for Environmental Graphic Design and a member of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Dementia.

Alex Brownless
Co-Founder of Arts Thread

Alex has worked for retailers such as M&S, Banana Republic and Gap. As Co-Founder of Arts Thread, the world’s only creative graduate network, Alex has helped hundreds of creative graduates gain employment worldwide.

Frazer McDonald Hay
Founding Director, Glasgow School of Art, Singapore

Frazer owns a consultancy business and has written postgraduate and graduate programmes in building reuse and architecture. He developed the first of its kind, a GSA partnership in Singapore.

Dr Pamela Woolner
Senior Lecturer in Education and Co-Director, Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT), Newcastle University

Pam has a growing international reputation for researching educational environments. Her research includes investigations of underlying issues for learning space design and examinations of the use and development of space in British schools.

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