1989-1991royal college of art, london (uk)

M.DES (RCA) Vehicle Design - Distinction

1986-1989teeside university, newcastle (uk)

BA Industrial Design – First Class Honors

1979-1984all saints school, sheffield (uk)





Aston Martin Lagonda

Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer; Aston Martin

Direct reporting role to Andrew Palmer CEO. Aston Martin Board member.

Responsible for all current and future Aston Martin design development,

Leading a team of highly capable designers,modellersand studio engineers
Responsible also for Aston Martin craftsmanship.

2002 - 2005 Ford Motor Company

design director:Ford North America, dearborn

Direct reporting role to J Mays, Group VP Design. Responsibility for a cross-functional staff of 180 employees plus matrix reports, consisting of Chief Designers and support staff.

Director of:

New Ford large car platform (Interior & Exterior, Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln)

Ford NA Brands Interiors

Product Design Group

Color and Materials Group

Specific Responsibilities:

To establish & develop Ford design DNA, new design strategies and execution processes for Ford NA. - Aligning the company to have a definitive direction for its different NA brands. Utilizing the new large car platform for design and process implementation.

2001 – 2002   Chief Designer:  Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Advanced Design, California

Responsibility from inception for the infrastructure and staffing of new facility in Irvine, Calif. whilst maintaining responsibility for design work in existing UK, and USA (Dearborn) facilities. Responsible for a cross-functional staff of 102.

Led various advanced and production design programs during this period including three 'D' segment production vehicles, Mercury Messenger and Lincoln Navicross (Detroit 2002), Lincoln's Mark X and first cross-over vehicle - the Lincoln Aviator (Detroit 2003).

2000 – 2001   chief designer:  lincoln, mercury and advanced design, UK

Establishing the future design direction for Lincoln and Mercury.

Creation of Design philosophies. Establishing a highly competitive design team to deliver the philosophy. Setting up of satellite studio. The delivery of production programs that incorporate this philosophy, using show vehicles to quantify the direction of the brand and the form language (Lincoln Continental, LA/Detroit 2002).

This was a unique opportunity to reinvent one of America's premium luxury brands, whilst establishing a new Design direction and team within a new facility and working closely with a newly formed engineering organization. A holistic viewpoint encompassing branding, marketing, merchandising, dealerships, etc. was utilized to re-establish the brands.

1999 – 2000   bmw rolls royce , london

assistant chief designer

Re-establishing Rolls Royce Ethos. Defining the brand, the customer and the Future DNA. Development of next generation Rolls Royce Phantom with a holistic view, from design philosophy to final design models. Establishing the London based design studio ("The Bank"), the team and support staff.

A unique opportunity to re-establish the world's most prestigious automobile, from its design to its manufacturing ethos.

1996 – 1999   bmw designworks, california

design manager   

Led the development of Land Rover design DNA for application over the following decade. Explore the possibilities for Land Rover in the American market. Produce a series of vehicles which would have great potential in both the USA and Europe.

This involved gaining an understanding of the total US market and also demonstrating an effective working relationship over a large distance with Land Rover USA, Land Rover UK, and BMW Germany. Initial design studies created in California were chosen for 2003 Range Rover and next generation Discovery 2005.

1995 – 1996  land rover, uk

senior designer

The development of a new exterior designs for Land Rover vehicles, a range of accessories and components. (Freelander, Defender, Discovery, Range Rover)

1994 – 1995  rover cars, uk


Concepts for a new flagship vehicle for Rover cars utilizing existing BMW platforms.

1991 – 1993  rover cars, uk


Worked on a new luxury flagship vehicles for Rover cars (600, 800) utilizing Hond a platforms.

1991   nissan design, tokyo, japan.

Post-graduate experience.

1981 – 1991  rover group, uk

Summer internships.

1990 isuzu motors truck division, tokyo, japan.

Professional experience.

show vehicles:

2004 Lincoln Mark X:NAIAS ‘04,Chief Designer exterior and interior

2004 Lincoln Aviator:NAIAS ‘04,Chief Designer exterior and interior

2003 Mercury Messenger:NAIAS ‘03,Chief Designer exterior and interior (Best in Show)

2003 Lincoln Navicross:NAIAS ‘03,Chief Designer exterior and interior

2002 Lincoln Continental:NAIAS ’02, LA Autoshow,Chief Designer exterior and interior

existing production vehicles:

2003 Rolls Royce Phantom

2003 Range Rover

Design Outreach:


10/2004 Interior Motives Design Awards, ParisJudge

5/2004  The Auto Interiors Show, Detroit   

Presentation:The Future of Ford Motor Company Interiors

5/2004  ENG Automotive Design Summit, Rome

Presentation:A Luxury Brand

4/2004  New York Auto Show, New York

Presentation:Automotive Interiors

2/2004  Chicago Auto Show, Chicago

Presentation:Automotive Interiors

1/2004  Detroit Auto Show, Detroit

Presentation:Concept Car Presentation

6/2003   Lincoln Mercury Dealer Council

Presentation:Lincoln DNA

11/1999  Global Trends Conference, Iceland

Presentation:Global Trends from an Automotive Perspective

2/1997   New York Auto Show, New York

Presentation:Land Rover Press Presentation

6/1993   Royal College of Arts, London Lecturer

6/1993   Coventry Polytechnic, Coventry Lecturer

9/1990    Nissan Design Exhibition, Tokyo

Exhibition:  Axis Gallery

5/1990   Mazda Design Studio, Frankfurt

Exhibition:Opening Night

7/1990   Isuzu Design Exhibition, Tokyo

Exhibition: Axis Gallery


*Awards and References available upon request



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