Trustees of the Cheltenham Design Foundation
Chair of the Cheltenham Design Foundation, Andy Thorne is a Designer & UX Consultant. Andy believes design is not so much how something looks, it’s how it works.
Through designing and developing websites and digital products for clients at Factory Pattern (Andy’s agency) Andy firmly believes that it doesn’t matter how beautiful a digital interface is, it would be better if there were less of it (the words of Alan Cooper).
Design is how it works, so that humans can do what they need to do. This human led approach to design doesn’t just apply to digital, it applies in all areas of life. Through the Cheltenham Design Foundation Andy promotes this human-led approach to change the perception of design and to inspire future generations to use design to better our lives and the lives of others.
Michele Beint is one of the co-founders. She has lived and worked in Cheltenham for 12 years and is a garden and landscape designer. For the previous 25 years Michele ran a successful illustration agency and gallery in London, where she represented many of the country’s leading illustrators and collaborated with a wide range of designers and art directors in advertising, design and publishing.
Charles is a widely acclaimed speaker, author and innovator. He works closely with decision makers and local leaders helping to find apt and original solutions to seemingly intractable dilemmas, such as marrying innovation and tradition, balancing wealth creation and social cohesiveness, or local distinctiveness and a global orientation. An international authority on using imagination in creating self-sustaining urban change, Charles has worked and given talks in over 60 countries and helped shift how we assess and harness possibilities in reinventing our cities. His Creative City Index is a powerful tool to measure the creative eco-system of places. Charles is also the author of over a dozen books.
A co-founder of the Cheltenham Design Foundation, David has been developing brands through structural packaging for over 25 years. After studying at Hornsey and the Central School of Art and Design, he worked for Metal Box and PI Global (the company that championed the use of structural packaging as a key part of the brand-building process). He went on to run the packaging team at Allied International Designers before setting up Tin Horse, which he sold 1994 when he left London to form Hurricane Design in Cheltenham. During his career his clients have included Unilever, Diageo, Sara Lee, Bayer, Danone and Coca-Cola.
Mungo is the Principal of Mungo Park Architects. He has been a member of the Gloucestershire County Council panel of design consultants, and the Tewkesbury Borough Council architectural advisory panel. He was awarded the 2015 CPRE Gloucestershire Award for Sly’s Close. His practice is committed to principles of sustainable design and construction. Mungo also acts as a consultant to Levitt Bernstein Architects in London and the West Midlands, on arts, regeneration and housing projects. BSc Dip Arch(Edin) ACArch. His clients also include sports associations, galleries and museums, local and county authorities, educational institutions, churches and private individuals.
Rob founded B|D landscape architects in 2008 having worked in London, Chicago, Bristol & Bath as a project landscape architect on many prestigious and award winning schemes. Through a broad and diverse background he has worked on a range of internationally acclaimed, innovative and award-winning projects at Grant Assocates in Bath, Novell Tullett in Bristol, Townshend Landscape Architects in London and Hitchcock Design Group in Chicago.