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Katie Ellis, The Able Label

Katie Ellis has shared both her expertise in accessible clothing and her start up journey with our Designing for the Future students. Katie began as a buyer for fashion retailers White Stuff  before starting her own label, The Able Label. The result of extensive user research, The Able Label is pioneering accessible clothing for

SEEFA – South East England Forum on Ageing

SEEFA has kindly supplied us with judges for Designing for the Future. SEEFA  aims to bring people together to influence later life strategies, policies and services to make life better for older people. It is currently on a mission to build a new narrative  which challenges perceptions that ageing is nothing more than a socio-economic

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Denise Stephens, Enabled by Design

Denise Stephens is the co-founder of Enabled by Design, a social business and community of people who are passionate about Design for All.  She believes that good design can support people to live as independently as possible, by helping to make day-to-day tasks that little bit easier and in turn more manageable Enabled by Design was inspired

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The Dementia Experts

We have been very lucky to have input from two Dementia experts. Fran Hamilton is an occupational therapist at the Brighton & Sussex University NHS Trust. She has shared with our Designing for the Future students her professional expertise about dementia and the day to day challenges it presents. Sharon Marks, on the other hand

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Active Minds – activity products for dementia

Since 2010 Active Minds have been researching, designing and developing activities to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia. Our mission is and will continue to be, to create positive, mindfully designed, human-centred activity products and games to help people lead active lives. Head of Design, Alice Osborne, has been working with

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Tom Serpell, Inclusive Eastbourne

Tom Serpell joined the Designing for the Future judging panel in 2013 and has been an enthusiastic supporter since. With a background in package design, he is a co-founder of Inclusive Eastbourne a business-led campaign to encourage businesses to be inclusive to all sectors of the population including older people.

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Richard Child, mobile designer

Richard Child  from Grid North Design  has supported Designing for the Future since 2012. With a background in 3D Design, he switched paths to web development and got a job with Cabify, a Spanish startup based in Madrid where he worked on redesigning their iPhone and Android apps for more than 100,000 customers in 4 countries. Richard

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Maggie Winchcombe OBE, Years Ahead

Maggie Winchcombe OBE FCOT has been a judge for the Designing for the Future project since 2011. She brings extensive experience and expertise in the independent living sector. Maggie qualified as an occupational therapist in 1973 and, after working in the NHS, began specialising in information and advice about independent living products for consumers in

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