2017 Awards Jury


Celina Clarke

Chair of the Jury Panel

Celina Clarke is a Melbourne based Industrial Designer who co-founded ISM Objects in 1990.  She has a passion for contemporary design and architecture and has a keen interest in lighting space.

Her folio of design work includes packaging, furniture and home-wares but over the past 15 years she has specialized in luminaire design.

Together with Simon Christopher, their designs have won many awards and their work has been exhibited widely including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  Their design partnership successfully spans more than 20 years.

Celina continues to develop designs for ISM and has a particular interest in materials and manufacturing.  She enjoys the detailed design process of getting products to market and she has particularly enjoyed working with the Sparks designers.

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Chelsia Lau

Chief Designer Design Strategic Concepts Group, Ford Motor Company

Chelsia Lau is an Automotive Designer with over 25 years of global design experience, and has worked in design studios around the globe including North America, Europe, and Asia.

Her design philosophy is to imbue each design with a soul and personality that fuels the imagination, dreams and emotions. Drawing inspiration from nature to achieve unique design elements, her expression of the modern aesthetic can be experienced through the blend of speed, timelessness and sophistication of her designs.

Lau has earned professional recognition and praise for her business acumen and leadership in the field of design, including ‘Top 40 World’s Excellent Females’ in 2011 by U+ Weekly and New York Times, ‘25 of Hong Kong’s Most Inspiring and Influential Women’ by the South China Morning Post in 2012 and ‘World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer’ in 2006.

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Kylie Savage

Director of Meaningful Business, Huddle Design

Kylie Savage is a mentor, coach and facilitator working at the intersection of innovation and design.

As the Director of Meaningful Business for Human-centered design pioneer Huddle, Kylie works with leadership teams in large corporates and government agencies leading sustainable innovation initiatives where people become the main beneficiaries.

Kylie and Huddle believe that with an “anything is possible” mindset, organisations can make the world a better place.

Before joining Huddle Kylie was the director of strategy and innovation for Brightstar, and also created the Most Innovative Company Awards program with Inventium, which is now in partnership with Australian Financial Review.

She holds degrees in Robotics, Digital Technology and Electrical Engineering.


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Dr. Thomas Lockwood

Dr. Thomas Lockwood, Founder and CEO, Lockwood Resource, LLC

Thomas Lockwood is the author/editor of four books on Design Thinking, Design Strategy and Design Management. He has a Ph.D. in Design Management and is recognised as a thought leader at integrating design and innovation practice into business, and building great design and UX organisations.

He and organisational psychologist Edgar Papke have a new book coming out this Fall, Innovation By Design, which demonstrates how to use design thinking to build cultures of innovation.

Tom has produced 22 conferences about design leadership, has lectured and led workshops in over 20 countries, and is a design adviser to countries and companies. His design accomplishments range from creating high-tech skiwear for the US Olympic Nordic Ski Team, to corporate design programs for Fortune 500 organisations.

He is the founding partner of Lockwood Resource, an international consulting and recruiting firm specialising in design leadership. Previously he’s been the President of DMI, the Design Management Institute, a corporate design director, and a partner and creative director at several design firms.

His blog is at LockwoodResource.com


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Lisa Hagan

Head of Pivot, Frost Collective

Lisa has spent over 20 years working in strategy, innovation and transformation for some of the world’s largest organisations.

She brings a wealth of experience across multiple sectors and specialises in bringing fresh thinking to organisations experiencing disruption.

She works with boards and executive teams to address organisational challenges and create a strong strategic narrative.

Lisa co-designs arguments for change with her clients that galvanise action, engage employees and build the organisational capability to meet the future.

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Nicki Lloyd

Founding Director, Lloyd Grey Design

Nicki is Owner and Director of Brisbane’s leading branding consultancy Lloyd Grey Design.

Her design-thinking leadership was recognised with the Queensland Premier’s Smart State Design Fellow Award in 2011. She was also a mentor on the government’s Ulysses Program, where she helped transform businesses through design.

She is passionate about aligning brands with their purpose and interpreting that through visual and verbal language.

For Nicki, design is never ‘window-dressing’ but something used to achieve worthwhile goals. In a 30+ year career, her insights, creativity and timeless designs have launched or revitalised many brands including Outback Pioneers, Ethos and Hand Heart Pocket.

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Hong Kong

Vivian Cheng

Creative Director, Vivian Design

Vivian Design was founded in 2014 by Vivian Cheng to provide consultancy services and promote her own art in jewellery and glass. She won several Awards during her early career and later became the International Liaison Manager at the Home Kong Design Institute (HKDI).

She has been member of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) and board member of the World Design Organization (formerly the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) from 2013 to 2017.

She has been a jury member for numerous international design awards such as the Red Dot Product Design Award, Braun Prize, Bio 21 & 22, ADI Compasso D’Oro International Award, China Good Design Award, Canton Fair Design Award, Gold Pin Award, Taipei International Design Award, Lotus Prize, Belgium Pavilion in Milan Expo ‘Taste of Design Competition’, La Camber Design School adjudication.

Vivian was also a Keynote Speaker at the Wallonia Design Week.


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Professor Ken Nah

Dean, International Design School for Advanced Studies

Ken Nah is a Professor of Design Management at the International Design School for Advanced Studies (IDAS), Hongik University in Seoul. He was conferred his Ph.D. in Engineering Design from TUFTS University in the USA.

Dr. Nah was the General Dircetor of the World Design Capital Seoul 2010. He has been a jury for the Red Dot Award: Product Design and Design Concept since 2009. Apart from teaching, he is the President of the Korea Institute for Design Management (KIDM), a Vice President of the Korea Association of Industrial Designers (KAID) and an author of 10 books on Design, Design Thinking, and Ergonomics.

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Victoria Judge

Head of Interiors, Smart Design Studio

Smart Design Studio is renowned for award winning and accomplished interior design.

Led by Victoria, with 20 years experience in interiors, the Interiors team focus on clarity of spatial planning and the ability for design to transform our physical and cultural environments.

Recent projects include Barangaroo and also Australasian Performing Rights Association headquarters ($14M) which formed the catalyst for workplace change within the organisation, fitouts for Saatchi & Saatchi ($1.9M), Cellarmasters ($2M) and Woolworths ($1.5M).

She completed the interior design for both One Central Park West for Frasers Property Group ($100M), including the apartments, public areas, entry foyers and the separate display suite building and The Quay Apartments for Ausbao, 270 apartments within the twin tower development. Optique Potts Point and Workshopped Surry Hills offer innovative solutions for retail environments.

Victoria brings her expertise to all projects in the studio via informal internal review sessions, a process which brings a consistently high quality of interior design to the studio.

Her knowledge of materials, and expert use of colour and texture ensures the realisation of stylish, innovative and functional interiors.

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Fabian Furrer

Intl. President and VP of Design, Dongdao Creative Branding Group

Swiss national Fabian Furrer studied politics at the University of California, Berkeley. He gathered his first work experience in the PR department of the European Union in Washington, D.C., before he emigrated to China, where he built the Chinese brand for LafargeHolcim, a Fortune Global 500 corporation.

After that, he worked as the Managing Director at the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Trade and Commerce for a number of years. During the past 7 years, he has been promoting the international development of Dongdao, China’s leading brand consulting company.

“Good design struggles against conventional knowledge, but instead applies understanding to new situations and new contexts. Faced with the complex challenges in an interconnected world, simplicity and purity in originality and expressiveness promises to enlighten. The essence of explicitly and implicitly convey the intrinsic and extrinsic properties of an identity transcends to ‘inexhaustible inspiration’.” Fabian Furrer


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Nicholas Huxley

Head of Fashion Design Studio, Sydney Institute TAFE NSW

Nicholas Huxley is Head Teacher at the Fashion Design Studio TAFE NSW.

He is an icon in Australian fashion and has a successful career as both an artist and designer. Nicholas is the recipient of eight nominations for the Fashion Laureate Award and has been nominated for the International Fashion Group Life Achievement Award.

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Sue Lynch

Manager, Digital Engagement, ResMed Limited

Sue Lynch is an innovator and designer with a passion for developing solutions that improve health outcomes and quality of life.

She has developed world leading medical devices and digital solutions for the treatment and management of sleep disordered breathing.

Recipient of numerous awards and patents, her extensive marketing, product development and design team leadership experience covers product design, packaging, user interface design, human factors, product management, strategy and behaviour design.

Sue aims to create meaningful products and user experiences that are powerfully simple that help people live happier, healthier lives.


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Tim Horton

Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board

Timothy Horton is a nationally recognised contributor on design, innovation and city governance. As Australia’s first Commissioner for Integrated Design, Tim provided independent advice to the government of South Australia across design, planning and development in local, state and national policy, programs and projects.

Tim is the Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board – a statutory authority with a remit to register architects, inform the public, protect consumers and promote architecture.

He is an award winning architect with experience spanning the public and private sector in Australia and internationally. Common throughout has been a deep interest in how design shapes civic space, and can be a strategic capability for developing good public policy.

In 2013 he was the founding CEO of the Committee for Adelaide; a not for profit association of private sector organisations interested in the long term future of Adelaide and South Australia.

He has held positions as state President and National Director of the Australian Institute of Architects, and advised the Australian Government as a member of the editorial board for the Australian Urban Design Protocol and the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council. Tim has held Board positions on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, the Australian Design Alliance, the CRC for Low Carbon Living and South Australia’s leading craft and design body, the Jam Factory.

Interests include the intersection of architecture and design, technology and innovation, good public policy and governance.

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United Kingdom

Chris Wilkinson

Founder and Director, WilkinsonEyre Architects

Chris Wilkinson is the founder of WilkinsonEyre. After working in several leading architectural practices, he set up his own practice Chris Wilkinson Architects and achieved success with two Jubilee line projects, Stratford Station and Stratford Market Depot, as well as with Millennium Projects, Explore at-Bristol and Magna, which won the Stirling Prize in 2001.  The practice changed its name to WilkinsonEyre with Jim Eyre as a partner and they have gone on to win the Stirling Prize again in 2002 and over 300 design awards.

His belief that architecture bridges art and science has been a fundamental basis for the practice ethos and he reinforces this with his own drawings, paintings and writings.

Throughout his career, Chris has based each design on a rigorous investigation of the specificity of the brief and context, which has led to each project being individual and different. Having seen technology as the backbone of modernism, Chris has continued to explore new technologies but looks to incorporate a more inspired poetic approach into the narrative that gives depth and meaning to the design solutions.

This approach has led to considerable success in international and UK competition wins, including the Guangzhou International Finance Center, China, the Mary Rose Museum, UK and the Crown Sydney Resort Hotel on the Darling Harbour Waterfront in Australia.

His contribution to architecture has been recognized with an OBE in the Millennium Honours list, election to the Royal Academy of Arts, an Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architecture and Honorary doctorates at Westminster University and Oxford Brookes University.

He has been an external examiner for the Mackintosh School of Art, Westminster University and the Bartlett School of Architecture and has been a Commissioner of English Heritage. He is Patron of the Civic Trust Awards and currently chairs the Client Committee at the Royal Academy. He is the author of Supersheds, the Sketchbooks of Chris Wilkinson and co-author of Bridging Art & Science,Exploring Boundaries, Tectonics and WilkinsonEyre Architects/Works.

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United Kingdom and Hong Kong

Michael Young

Michael Young Design Studio

Michael Young was born in 1966 in Sunderland, a small industrial city in the North-East of England, and graduated from Kingston University in 1992. The following year, he founded the Michael Young Studio with the aim of providing exclusive, quality design services across an eclectic range of markets – from interiors to technology.

Over the past 20 years Michael Young has established himself as one of the leading international figures in his field. The unique nature of his work stems,from his constant questioning of typologies and habits, combined with his, innate passion for technology and his driving desire to discover new ways to reinterpret space.

Due to their unrivaled ability to generate an atmosphere that is at once both vibrant and relaxed, his designs have been imitated across the globe. The studio has developed a diverse network of relationships and produced work for clientele around the world.

Michael Young quickly came to the attention of revered retailers and institutions such as the Conran shop and the Pompidou Museum. He became known in the industry as a sophisticated minimalist acclaimed for his elegant, pared-down aesthetic design, which was in direct opposition to the elaborate style dominating London at the time.

After nearly a decade working across the UK and Iceland, Michael was enticed to Asia by his passion for pioneering technology, and in 2006 set up a studio in Hong Kong. Today the Michael Young studio is considered to be one of the most exciting and formidable design companies operating in Asia, responsible for designing icons for its clients that last a lifetime, have won awards and are presented in museums globally.

Michael Young continues to push the boundaries of experimental design. The studio specialises in creating modern design through exploring the endless possibilities Asia’s technological ingenuity provides. Propelled by the momentum created through collaboration with Chinese industrialists, the studio captures the strengthening ties between local industry and design, and exemplifies the skills of Asia’s industrial and manufacturing innovation.

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Michelle Gilmore

Design Director, Neoteny

Bold in thought and approach, Michelle Gilmore is Design Director and Founder of Behaviour Centered Design company, Neo.

In a 13 year career Michelle has partnered with international public and private sector organisations on experience design that creates impact and enables change, across physical and digital spaces.

She blends expertise in strategy, design and technology to deliver products and services that transform businesses and disrupt markets. Her work has been adopted by local and international organisations such as the ATO, Westpac, Ingogo, Contiki, NAB and Telstra. Ultimately, she strives to design a world that works, beautifully.

Michelle’s specialties include: Service Design, Industrial Design, User Experience Design, Facilitation, Workshops, Design Strategy, Design Research, User Testing.

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Ben Cooper

Managing Director, Tricky Jigsaw (an M&C Saatchi Group Company)

With 17+ years experience in digital media in London, Zurich and now Sydney, Ben has worked at brand, web and advertising agencies to develop cut-through and creative digital solutions.

His knowledge of social media has been employed across a variety of media and communication strategies. As digital becomes increasingly prevalent in both business and creative spheres, Ben’s aim is to maximise the opportunities between them; to create, across multiple platforms, digital strategies that inspire and impact upon an engaged and ultimately in control audience.

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Warren Schroder

Director of Product Design, Designworks Group

Warren is the Founder of Designworks in Australia and a Director of Designworks globally. ​

He has over 17 years experience as an Industrial Designer developing products across many sectors​ including healthcare, defence, telecommunications, scientific, consumer electronics, IoT, sport​, transportation and recreational products.

Warren ​provides value to Designworks clientele by bringing strategic vision and experience with new technologies to the product and brand.

This vision is always underpinned by a human-centred design approach and commercial mindset focused on delivering solutions that are optimised for manufacture.


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Emeritus Professor Elivio Bonollo

Industrial Design, University of Canberra

Elivio Bonollo, PhD (Melb), MIEAust CPEng, CEng MIET, is one of Australia’s leading Industrial Design educators and researchers.

He is currently Emeritus Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Canberra.

In 2008 Livio was conferred with the Honour of Cavaliere by the President of the Republic of Italy in recognition of his collaborative international work in design and education.

He was formerly Professor of Industrial Design, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design and a Pro Vice Chancellor, and in 2012 he was awarded the University of Canberra’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for excellence in the supervision of PhD students by research.

He is the founder of the industrial design discipline at Monash University and the principal author of the original industrial design degrees at RMIT (1982) and Monash University (1989).

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Matt Taylor

Head of Narrative Strategy, Deloitte Experience Design

Matt is the Head of Narrative Strategy at Deloitte Experience Design. He is passionate about creating innovative and engaging content, using the transformative power of design and storytelling to shape business.

With over 18 years experience in the film production industry, Matt has a core focus in online video content, animation direction and storytelling. As storytelling moves from a “nice to have” to a “must have” in strategic engagement, business narratives are now being told through new experiential formats and media. Matt uses a mix of design thinking, creativity and production experience, to uncover innovative ideas and compelling stories and then bringing them to life through immersive experiences.

Matt has won two Good Design Awards and has worked with a broad range of briefs and clients from re-designing on the on-air identity for Mythbusters, art directing the MTV awards, explaining climate modelling for CSIRO and creating online educational resources for the Human Rights Commission explaining democracy which is now part of the Australian school curriculum.


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Jo Pretyman

Founder and CEO, i-Manifest

With a strong philanthropic and creative background, I-Manifest was founded as a way of unifying Jo’s experience and beliefs. Her vision is to build the schools of the future on a global scale, and create an international continuum of life-long learning with everyone – students, teachers and industry – working as one.

Jo believes that creativity is the key to shaping a resilient, prosperous and socially inclusive future for all, and must be celebrated and understood as an infinite resource. “Live from heart and be of service to others” is her mantra, and she hopes to inspire others to do the same.

“Young men and women are not passive beneficiaries, but equal and effective partners. Their aspirations extend far beyond jobs; youth also want a seat at the table – a real voice in shaping the policies that shape their lives. We need to listen to and engage with young people. Youth can determine whether this era moves toward greater peril or more positive change.” ~ Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

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Abigail Thomas

General Manager, SBS On Demand

Abigail Thomas is the General Manager of SBS On Demand where she leads a team of product developers, marketers and designers to create a delightful digital experience for SBS’s streaming customers.

She has over twenty years’ experience in digital strategy, innovation and product development, having led digital teams at the Commonwealth Bank, Deloitte and the ABC. Her career highlights include the creation and launch of ABC2, the development of ABC iView, leading the multi-award winning CommBank mobile app, leading the successful bid for Sydney to be recognised as a UNESCO City of Film, and now landing her dream job to build the team who will take SBS On Demand to the next level.

Outside of work, she is passionate about using digital to help build a better society and runs a not-for-profit called OneStep which connects refugees with local Australians to build empathy through a walk and talk. She was also a Board Director and Vice Chair of the Australian Design Centre for six years.

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Neil Davidson

Co-Founder, Auxiliary Design School

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialisation is for insects.” – Robert Heinlein

Growing up on a farm with parents who where teachers, engineers and innovators, Neil was lucky enough to pick up most of Heinlein’s human competency expertise before leaving school.

After university and 14 years working with one of Australasia’s great product design and innovation consultancies, Neil left the CMD Creative Director position to explore new career experiences and opportunities.

Early 2014 the first opportunity reengaged Neil with the family manufacturing business called innovan. Neil has enjoyed taking on the role of design manager, applying a decade of strategic and tactical experience to the business.

Mid 2014, the second opportunity presented itself with Sunbeam, an iconic Australian appliance manufacturer where he assisted them as interim Design Director for several months.

At the end of 2014, Neil founded Clandestine Design Group (CGD) whose mission is to covertly, collaboratively and creatively help entrepreneurs, businesses and venture partners with innovative design driven strategic and tactical processes.

The first born from Neil’s collaborative efforts is the AUXILIARY Product Design School whose students work in a real consultancy, for real clients, on real projects, delivering commercially viable outcomes to industry standards.

Neil is always happy to connect to see how design can take on your business challenges and convert them to opportunities and solutions. Our ability to design and take on range of challenges is what differentiates us…as Heinlein says, specialisation is for insects!

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Raj Mendes

Managing Director, The Customer Experience Company

Raj is the Founder and Managing Director of The Customer Experience Company (CEC). CEC works with some of Australia’s leading commercial and government organisations to help transform them to become more customer centric using design.

Raj and CEC are passionate about using design thinking and service design to drive change – with people at the centre and enabled by technology to deliver better customer experiences.

CEC’s work over the past 14 years has resulted in creating better futures for people and organisations including Service NSW, AMP, New Zealand Inland Revenue and Primary Health Care.

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Gareth Rydon

Head of Operations, Design and Innovation, AMP

Gareth Rydon is a versatile and innovative thinker with strong experience in Human Centred Design methodologies and tools.

Gareth’s career path has seen him constantly focusing on how to make things better for people. These experiences range from working as the executive adviser to PwC Australia’s CEO, to customer led strategy consultant to some of Australia’s largest financial institutions.

More recently having seen the opportunity that Design Thinking could bring, Gareth pursued opportunities, through study and new roles, to understand and experience more of Human Centred Design.

This lead him to his role today where he runs the operations for AMP’s Design and Innovation Team. This team represents AMP’s centre of excellence for Human Centred Design, the key objective for this team is to make AMP’s customer centred strategy real and tangible for our customers.


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