Catherine was previously Programme Director, at The Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art and directed a range of research and knowledge exchange projects applying design thinking to support innovation. Managing a team of designers and researchers, projects address complex issues with a focus on developing user-focused and practical solutions for products and services in the public and private sectors.
Projects are diverse and include enhancing access to Mental Health Services for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Collective Futures: Exploring Co-operative Business Models for Designer Makers; Design Innovation Support Programme for SMEs in partnership with Scottish Enterprise; the Future of Scottish Public Libraries; Climate Change Communications within Local Communities; and the Re-Imagining Workforce Development and Planning for the Scottish Social Services Council. She is also a contributor to EPSRC-funded TEDDI2: APAtSCHE – Aging Population Attitudes to Sensor Controlled Home Energy project – in partnership with the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.
Catherine is also the founder of Journey Associates, a dynamic innovation and design management consultancy offering user-focused research, analysis and strategic consultancy services. She has been involved in the fields of design and innovation for 19 years and has managed a range of national and international projects relating to design, innovation and sustainability. Clients include the British Council, Scottish Enterprise, the Design Council, the BBC, The Lighthouse, and the Scottish Government.