Richard Gilmartin


Digital, Tech, Innovation & Business

I’m an automotive designer with 25 years of industry experience. I have worked for major international OEMs on production and show car programmes. I believe in the artistic process of design combining analogue techniques with digital skills to create a future that blends craftsmanship with technology.

My special areas of expertise is in the evolution of transport systems and the integration of technologies to create more efficient transport eco-systems and design within the luxury sector.

I’m a lecturer in Transport Design and an active vehicle designer. During my career I have worked for several premium automotive manufacturers: Bentley, Land Rover, Mini, MG, SAIC and Hongqi. I have led teams in interior design and design visualisation.

As a design professional I have always seen the importance of working with young designers to develop their skills. This created the opportunity to visit global institutions and run international design masterclasses.

Professional memberships and activities

ICF AAC (Accredited Professional Coach)

Academic qualifications

MA Transport Design

BA (Hons) Industrial Design and Technology

ICF ACC Accredited Coach


Vehicle Design

3D Model Making

Visual story telling


in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021