Meet the Innovate team
The Innovate Design team is diverse and talented, with people from many different backgrounds, ages and levels of experience - however all are highly skilled within their area of expertise - design engineers, researchers, business development professionals and Intellectual Property experts. Below is a little bit of information about each of our team so you can get to know them a bit better!
Alastair Swanwick, Managing Director
Engineering Product Designer Alastair Swanwick founded Innovate in 2002. Since then he has used his extensive knowledge of product development and patenting to refine Innovate's process of effectively developing concepts to assist individuals with new product ideas. He is most often found on the telephone assisting inventors market their ideas or talking to potential new manufacturing or licensing partners.
Alastair is a member of INTIPSA (Intellectual Property Strategists Association)
Della Williams, Patent & Research Manager
Della is a CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) qualified Patent Administrator and has successfully completed the IP Masterclass Training Programme run by the Intellectual Property Office and Coventry University. Her daily tasks range from initial reviews of ideas, Intellectual Patent Searching through to patenting advice. Della joined Innovate in 2008 and has progressed into the position of research and administration manager. In her spare time she enjoys country walks and off roading.
Tiffany joined us in 2010. She is a creative and lateral thinker with an aptitude for innovation and design. She graduated from the University of Leeds with two First Class (Hons) degrees: Master of Design and Bachelor of Design (Product Design). Her skills include problem solving, cad modeling & visualisations. Outside work, her interests include 1960s subculture (music, fashion and products), screen printing, photography, travelling and cooking.
Aby graduated from Bournemouth University in 2006 with a First Class (Hons) Degree in Product Design, and joined Innovate in 2009. This is her third experience of consultancy work, after working in London for an Ergonomics Company and in Melbourne, Australia for a Design and Advertising Consultancy. Aby enjoys the client interaction that comes with her job, as well as producing well thought out designs in response to fully understanding the client's initial brief. When not at work Aby enjoys relaxing and playing sports by the beach, she is a keen traveller and uses this as inspiration for painting.
Chris joined Innovate in 2011 after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 3D Product design from the University of Plymouth. His interests lie in designing innovative solutions, both for the consumer and social enterprise markets. Chris's strengths lie in 3D visualisations and the ability to design in a holistic way. Outside work Chris enjoys extreme sports (surfing in particular) and playing guitar.
Clare is an inventive designer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a First Class (Hons) degree in Product Design. With a broad skill set she seeks to provide innovative product solutions that are central to the user, whilst instilling creative and functional value. Outside of work Clare enjoys baking, watching films and spending time with friends and family.
Andrew joined Innovate in 2011 after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Product Design from Bournemouth University. Since joining Innovate, Andrew has worked on a wide range of projects in various industry sectors and also has experience in the past of working for a design consultancy abroad. Andrew has a particular interest in product styling, branding and problem solving. Andrew enjoys challenging conventional solutions and finding a simple design solution through a balance of new technologies, materials and manufacturing processes that create experiences that connect emotionally with users.
When not at Innovate, Andrew enjoys surfing, experiencing new cultures and visiting his family home in Jersey.
Ben graduated from Bournemouth University with BSc (Hons) in Product Design in 2011 and joined Innovate in January 2012. He displays a solid range of design skills showing a keen interest for bringing together function and aesthetics providing the end user with visually appealing yet practical solutions.
Also proficient in web design and development having previously worked in this field, Ben’s time is split between CAD & sketching and web design as he builds and develops the web presence for Innovate and their clients.
In his own time, Ben is a keen cyclist and can be found riding through the Dorset and Wiltshire countryside.
Vicky graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2007 with a BA (Hons) Product Design. She has experience and passion for consumer products in a wide range of industries and enjoys solving problems with innovative solutions, whilst providing a suitable user experience. In her spare time, Vicky enjoys travelling and finds this also provides inspiration and influences her design work. She also enjoys outdoor activities and dance classes at the gym, as well as a love for theatre and music.
Max joined Innovate’s design team in 2012 after a taste in industry working in both Copenhagen, Denmark and Newport, Wales as a Junior Design Intern and Design Engineer respectively. He is a versatile and adaptable designer, with excellent CAD and visualisation capabilities, and has a strong understanding of the needs and aspirations of the client and end-user. Max’s interests lie in product styling and branding and believes his holistic approach to design is the result of a true understanding into the importance of aesthetics accompanying innovation.
Amy graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Product Design from Bournemouth University in 2011. Previous employment with other design consultancies and self driven freelance projects have given her a strong set of skills including 3D modelling, graphics editing and sketching.
Since arriving at Innovate Amy has been tasked with building a number of prototypes which have enabled her to showcase her practical ability and see projects through from the point of conception to final working models giving her a greater understanding for design for manufacture.
When not at work Amy can be found in the gym keeping fit, or tucked away with her Kindle.
Ben graduated from the University of Derby in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Product Design and joined Innovate in January 2013. He has a keen interest in new technologies and likes to keep up to date with the latest tech news. His key strengths lie in creating inventive yet practical solutions that largely focus around user interaction and experience. Ben displays strong 2D and 3D CAD skills which he uses to create strong product visualisations.
Away from work, Ben enjoys playing guitar and can often be found in his local gym.
Mitul graduated from De Montfort University with a BA (Hons) in Product Design in 2012 and joined Innovate in 2013. With previous experience in the industrial design industry Mitul’s key strengths lie in innovation, critical thinking and visualisations. He also displays a keen understanding of human behaviour to generate, solve and engineer product solutions.
Outside of work, Mitul enjoys travelling and learning classical music.
RESEARCH & IP
Robyn joined Innovate in 2010 as a Client Manager, a role that involves helping clients research, develop and protect their ideas. Being naturally inquisitive, she particularly enjoys the market research side of the role as well as the opportunity to converse with a wide variety of people on a day to day basis. Robyn has successfully completed the IP Masterclass Training Programme run by the Intellectual Property Office and Coventry University. During her time off, Robyn can be found enjoying long walks with her spaniel Lucy, or in a shopping centre.
Alex joined Innovate in 2011 as a Client Manager after 6 years in a client facing role in the pensions industry. His role is a varied and interesting one, helping clients achieve their goal of taking the seed of an idea and helping it grow to a fully fledged product. He has successfully completed the IP Masterclass Training Programme run by the Intellectual Property Office and Coventry University. Alex is an avid fan of all things gadget, and enjoys seeing the many different and quirky ideas that his client’s imaginations conjure up. When not in work Alex enjoys reading graphic novels, watching films of all genres and playing indoor football at a very basic level, spending more time running around chasing the ball than scoring goals!
Daniel joined innovate in 2012 as a Client Manager with over 5 years experience in Client facing environments; having previously worked in the retail and telecommunications industry he now enjoys advising our clients on protecting and developing their new ideas. Daniel has successfully completed the IP Masterclass Training Programme run by the Intellectual Property Office and Coventry University.
Outside of work Daniel regularly attends his local church and is the leader of a Beaver Scout Colony.
Helen joined Innovate as a Client Manager in 2011. A graduate of Roehampton University, she has since successfully completed the Intellectual Property Master Class. Her day-to-day activities require a vast range of skills, from researching initial ideas and conversing with a wide variety of clients, to advising on intellectual property matters and assisting clients through the complex patenting process.
In her own time Helen enjoys cooking, socialising with friends, and the odd bit of shopping.
Tim Mount is a patent attorney and qualified solicitor with experience of contentious and non-contentious registered design, patent, trade mark, and wider intellectual property and commercial law work. He also has extensive experience of patent application drafting. This combined skill-set is unique to a product design firm, and brings us fresh perspectives in-house. In previous lives Tim ran retail and catering businesses, and has a granted UK patent.
PR & MARKETING
Pam joined in 2009 and handles all of the PR and Marketing for Innovate. She also follows up with clients once they have launched their product to find out about the journey they made whilst developing their idea, and any tips and hints they have to offer to anyone thinking about embarking on that process. “My favourite part of the job is receiving samples our clients send us of their product on the market, we proudly display these in our meeting rooms. There is nothing more exciting than seeing the actual idea working in all its glory together with its branding and packaging.”
Joely joined innovate in 2008 and has since completed a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration and the IAB Certificate in Book-keeping. Joely’s role varies from day to day with her duties including invoicing, general administration as well as offering initial advice to clients over the phone. Outside of her role at Innovate Joely spends her time with her two horses or walking her dog.
Amber is our receptionist and is the first point of contact for all of our clients, be it giving initial advice over the phone or welcoming clients coming in for meetings. She helps with the preparation of client information and reports and is responsible for the input, to our database, of all the fantastic ideas we receive. She also helps the Innovate office run smoothly and makes a mean cup of tea!
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