The course is led by Dan Lewis, Course Director for Design, who has extensive industry and academic experience. You'll also be taught by Rich Gilmartin and Nigel Turner who both have wide-ranging and diverse industry experience.
Rich has been in Automotive Design for 25 years working on brands including Land Rover, MG, Bentley, Rolls Royce, and Hongqi. He has worked on many production and concept cars throughout his career but the Bentley Mulsanne is the achievement he is most proud of.
Dan has years of industry experience and has developed products for some of the UK’s largest retailers, seeing him travel extensively across Europe and the Far East to work with suppliers and manufacturers. Dan’s PhD and research focuses on Emotional Design, considering how people connect to products because of the way they look, what they do, and what they mean to us. Dan’s research feeds into our curriculum and informs some of the teaching at Staffordshire University.
Nigel has spent 10 years working for the world-leading tyre and motorsport brand Michelin, in various roles from product research and development, to brand management and licensing, specializing in developing mobility solutions that increase performance and enhance mobility across all forms of transport. Nigel has successfully delivered innovative products for the car accessories market including foot pumps and snow chains. Prior to working at Michelin Nigel studied at the Royal College of Art, and has acquired great experience designing for luxury homeware brands such as Wedgwood and Asprey.
Tim Forrester, Keeley Marshall and Francesco Feltrin also bring a wealth of materials, manufacturing and consumer behaviour knowledge to the course. Tim Potts and a team of specialist Associate Lecturers deliver additional taught content, technical demonstrations and software teaching on the course.
Associate Lecturer, Tim Potts is a freelance designer and sculptor working with a wide range of clients. At Bentley, Tim worked as a member of the modelling team in the Styling studio where he was able to combine his love of automotive design with sculpture. Tim had the opportunity to redesign the Flying B emblem, the highlight of his association with the world-famous company.
You will also learn and undertake technical demonstrations from our extensive and immensely knowledgeable technicians who bring a vast wealth of industry knowledge and global experience.