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BIG: Purposeful Practice with Harv Saund, Lesley Gulliver & Simon Bolton

National Festival of Making Conference in association with Lancashire Business View

Time & Date: 11-1pm, Thursday 4th May

Business Innovation for Growth (BIG): Purposeful Practice with Harv Saund, Lesley Gulliver, Simon Bolton

Hosted by Richard Slater - Lancashire Business View

The session will examine role of design thinking in driving innovative manufacturing through an examination of case studies including Nike and Plumen.

A panel including internationally acclaimed designer and innovation specialists working with the world’s top brands.

Other speakers to be confirmed

Time: 11-1pm
Date: Thursday 4 May
Venue: Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery
Tickets: £6 / £4 Concessions & Creative Lancashire/Creative Industries Federation/members


Members of Creative Lancashire Network & Creative Industries Federation can use the following Code to purchase Tickets at the discounted price of £4:


Lesley Gulliver - Managing Director, The Engine Room & Design Council

Lesley leads on strategy at The Engine Room and is highly experienced in the delivery of workshops and stakeholder engagement exercises. She is consultative and facilitative in style, yet has a strong focus on strategic objectives. She is interested in measurable returns and understands ‘brand’ in terms of impact, growth, service development and culture change.

Lesley is also a Design Associate for the Design Council and also a guest presenter at Stockholm-based Hyper Island and London-based Central Research Laboratory. She has also been recently invited and appointed to the Board of the Design Business Association, the UK’s trade association for design.

The Engine Room recently collected two major awards for design impact at the Design Business Association's (DBA) Design Effectiveness Awards 2017, picking up a Gold Award alongside UK manufacturer Polyseam for work together on their GRAFT brand. The Engine Room were also awarded the ultimate accolade, The Grand Prix, for the same project.


Simon Bolton - Professor of Innovation at Edge Hill University

An internationally acclaimed designer and innovation specialist working with the world’s top brands Simon recently joined Edge Hill University as a Professor of Innovation and Associate Dean of Enterprise and Employability.

Simon Bolton graduated from the Royal College of Art as a product designer and gained a PhD from the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Simon has exhibited at galleries including London’s Design Museum and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

He has over twenty years’ experience of helping worldwide organisations and brands including the BBC, BSkyB, Hyundai and Nokia to enhance their customer insight and innovation capabilities.

Simon also spent seven years as a global thought leader for Proctor & Gamble focussing on ‘disruptive insight driven innovation’ – helping them to successfully unlock hidden innovation opportunities in European and Asian markets.

Aside from his role at Edge Hill Simon is also Chair of the Board of Directors at Birmingham Open Media and is a Visiting Professor for Insight Driven Innovation at Icesi University in Columbia and the Central University of Finance and Economics in China.


Harv Saund - Autodesk Fusion 360

Harv graduated with a BEng in Motorsport Engineering with a specialism in high performance engine and powertrain design and development. He then went on to develop high performance engines for the aftermarket automotive industry, in particular the aftermarket BMW industry in the UK.

Harv has been responsible for helping adoption of Fusion 360 within multiple industry sectors and organisations within the UK. Starting out as a powertrain designer for multiple motorsport and automotive companies, Harv has used a multitude of different CAD software most notably spending 5 years working within the SOLIDWORKS reseller channel.



National Festival of Making (FOM), a vibrant celebration of Britain’s manufacturing and making heritage taking place on 6 & 7 May.

The festival will bring together artists designers, manufacturers, small scale makers and the public together to explore their own making potential. The festival takes place in Blackburn, where 25% of people, twice the national average, are still employed in manufacturing.

In the days preceding the weekend festivities Creative Lancashire in association with partners including Crafts Council, Design Council D&AD and Central Research Laboratory, will present a series of events aimed at professional creative practitioners, makers and other manufacturing businesses.

Through a series of Conversations in Creativity panels and Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) workshops the conference events will address key themes relevant to creative practitioners involved in the maker movement and industry.


Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery,
Museum Street