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Colum Lowe

Following graduation Colum has spent 20 successful years in the design industry in a variety of challenging roles. His design and management expertise crosses over the disciplines of interiors, products, graphics and branding with experience in both public and private sectors from large national organisations to small private consultancies.

After a brief spell as an independent product designer Colum started his career at The Brian Lowe Design Company where he was part of the design team that successfully established The Body Shop as a leading global brand. Attaining an MBA in Design Management prompted a move to Homebase where he was Head of Design followed by nearly two years as a Partner of Crabtree Hall Design working for Lloyds Pharmacy and KwikSave. Colum’s career took a different turn in 2003 when he joined the NHS as Head of Design and Human Factors at the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) later assuming responsibility for infection control, nutrition and cleaning.

While at the NPSA Colum was responsible for many groundbreaking projects that raised awareness to how the design of the physical environment, medical equipment and medication packaging can impact on the quality and safety of healthcare provision. Many of these projects resulted in published design guidance but possibly Colum’s greatest achievement was influencing the design of the new hospital at Pembury that was designed with patient safety as a main tenet and features 100% single patient rooms.

Following the NPSA Colum went back to private sector consultancy where he spent two years as Managing Director of Caulder Moore Design. During this time he maintained his connection with healthcare by contributing to several prestigious healthcare design competitions and projects including the Design Council’s Design Bugs Out and the Royal College of Art/Imperial College Designing Out Medical Error (DOME) research programme.

Colum is now an independent consultant for ‘being’ working in creativity, design and management and advising clients in the public, private and charity sectors how best to use creativity and design to achieve their corporate goals.

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