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Job title:

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Professional background

Our chair Hannah is a strategic designer and researcher, working for Dark Matter Labs –  a strategic discovery, design and development lab that works to transition society in response to technological revolution and climate breakdown.

Although Hannah’s background is in the arts and the cultural sector, her practice is now focused on curiosity driven research, project management and making to explore what sustainable futures are possible or probable; using artefacts, public engagement, speculative design and action research. Hannah is passionate about design justice, inclusive or regenerative economies and enabling systemic change – excited by design interventions and opportunities that also consider the ‘dark matter’ of people, governance and culture.

Hannah was previously an Innovation Fellow at the Royal College of Art, facilitating a collaborative venture with the university of Tokyo and industrial partners. In the RCA she has taught product design and futures, led the DP MA pathway for Design for Local Variables and managed and produced research for the EPSRC funded Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing Network and the AHRC funded ‘Ethics into practice, practice into products’ associated with Hello Shenzhen. Outside of these roles Hannah has produced the UK Makespaces Open Dataset for NESTA, co-written the British Council’s Global Strategy for Making, spent time as a doctoral researcher with the Creative Exchange, founded several companies, charity initiatives and collaborative ventures and exhibited globally, including at the Venice Biennale with Spazio Thetis.

Outside of work

Outside of her work with Dark Matter Labs and role as Chair for Prism Arts she continues to teach at the Royal College of Art alongside mentoring early stage start-ups and scale-up companies in the creative and digital sector.

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