Mary V. Mullin

The Design & Industries Association (DIA) was founded in 1915 by designers, businessmen and industrialists to changed the way products were designed and perceived by the public. The DIA brings together a community of members that includes distinguished and knowledgeable designers, businesses and individuals, whose aim is to make products better, both functionally and visually. It also organises visits, events, competitions, bursaries and maintains the DIA Trust.

Prof. Peter Childs FREng FIMechE FASME

Imperial College London is a world top ten university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.
Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial is committed to developing  the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines.
Located in the heart of London,  Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges.

Prof. Geoffrey Kirk RDI FREng

The College of Medallists comprises the recipients of the Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education. Elevation to the College is effective on presentation of the Medal and the position is held for life. The College thus brings together a distinguished international group of men and women, each of whom has made an outstanding contribution to design education. Members of the College have, not only fulfilled their professional obligations extraordinarily well but have accomplished extraordinary work in visionary ways. The College was established in 2000 when Professor David Hamilton was Chairman of the Awards Committee.

Prof. Malcolm Garrett MBE RDI FISTD

The title Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) was introduced by the RSA in 1936 to honour designers of excellence and promote the important contribution of design in manufacturing and industry. The RDI award is the highest accolade for designers in the UK and is conferred to those who have shown sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value and significant benefit to society. The Faculty is comprised of prestigious, leading-edge designers of all disciplines including engineering, graphic, interaction, product, furniture, fashion, textiles, theatre and film design.

Prof. P John Clarkson FREng

The Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors in the UK, in order to advance and promote excellence in engineering. The Academy was founded in 1976 as the Fellowship of Engineering with support from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who became the first Senior Fellow. The Academy’s activities are focused on positioning engineering at the heart of society through encouragement and support for entrepreneurial and innovative developments, nurturing engineering education, advising on government policy, inspiring new generations of engineers and leading the engineering profession.

Prof. Chris Wise RDI FREng

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 awards some 35 postgraduate fellowships and scholarships a year, for advanced study and research in science, engineering, the built environment and design.  It also makes a small number of special awards to support projects consistent with its overall aims. Many of these are focused on raising the awareness of the young to the opportunities presented by science and engineering. It was established in 1850 by Her Majesty Queen Victoria to organise the first world trade fair: The Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. In just sixteen months a site was chosen in Hyde Park, the iconic Crystal Palace (the largest covered structure on earth at that time) was designed, manufactured and erected and 100,000 exhibits assembled so that the Great Exhibition opened on time on 1 May 1851.

Dr Nick de Leon
Royal College of Art

Co-opted Member.


The Committee