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Iain Aitchison

Ian AitchisonIain Aitchison brings to the board extensive international experience of the creative industries through his work at the forefront of design consulting, education and research. For over a decade he has consulted to multi-national companies around the world, helping to lead innovative strategic planning initiatives in over 15 countries and integrate design capabilities at the heart of complex organisations.

Previously Director at London-based strategic design consultancy Plan, Iain has recently joined the Glasgow School of Art as Programme Director at the Institute of Design Innovation where he is helping to collaboratively lead the development of a world-class research and teaching culture and foster local and global strategic partnerships. Alongside this new role, he continues to develop executive education programs for global companies, and is exploring the future of design education for a part-time PhD.

Iain has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art since 2006, is a board member of the Design Management Institute, USA and is external examiner for the MA Industrial Design programme at Central Saint Martins, London. He chairs, writes and speaks at conferences internationally on the subjects of design management and education and has lectured at Universities across Europe.