Innovation Design Engineering
Disenfranchised young people lack self-esteem and motivation; engaging them with the process of making can give them the confidence to go further.
Faced with high unemployment, difficulties at school and jobs calling for high levels of qualification, vulnerable young people give up on both finding work and continuing education. Making a skateboard to a professional standard proves their ability to themselves and others, and suggests a role for them in their community.
Developed with young people in the Ladbroke Grove area of London, the distinctive boards are made using a portable set of tooling and with the help and support of a mentor.
Supported by: Lancaster Youth Centre, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
MEng (Hons), Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield, 2004
Design engineer, Ipeco Limited, Southend-on-Sea, 2010; Vehicle integration engineer, Case New Holland, Basildon, 2008-9; Senior design engineer, Case New Holland, Basildon, 2007-8; Design engineer, Case New Holland, Basildon, 2004-7
Work-in-progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2012; Work-in-progress show, Royal College of Art, London, 2011
Industrial Design Studentship, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, 2010/11