1. Tell us about yourself.
I am a strategic, systems-oriented executive leader focused on designing and deploying innovative solutions for the many unique challenges that arise across the customer/consumer experience. In my current role, I drive enterprise transformation by introducing user-centred design thinking to product design and development lifecycles. I have a proven track record of building out and managing multidisciplinary centres of excellence within global organizations: UX and UI design, front-end engineering, digital production and creative operations. I measure impact by value, not volume.
2. What is your fondest memory of Anglia Ruskin University?
I became engaged to my wife while studying at ARU. She was a Masters student at Goldsmiths at the time, we had travelled over together after having lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I had purchased the ring prior to us moving to the UK and in November, on a rainy night in London, beside the river and right beneath the London Eye I asked her to marry me.
3. What has been your favourite job?
Each of the positions that I have held occupy a unique place for me in how I’ve expanded my professional experience, network and social awareness. If I were pressed to choose one in particular it would be serving as the Vice President, Head of Design at HomeX, where we are reinventing the home services experience for businesses and consumers alike.
4. In one word, how would you describe Anglia Ruskin University?
5. How did your time at ARU help you?
I found focus and a renewed sense of discipline and perseverance while pursuing my studies at ARU. My time studying there served as an incredible accelerant to the start of my career in design and technology.
6. What did you love about your chosen course?
The flexibility that was present within my programme allowed me to expand the bounds of the programme and develop a more multi-disciplinary path, incorporating studio arts, web technologies, graphic and typographic design.
7. What advice would you give to current students as they’re preparing to graduate?
Maintain flexibility around opportunities. Don’t be afraid to come out as more of a generalist in your field and leverage the next few years to develop a few select areas of subject matter expertise. Creative problem solving is one of the single most sought-after skills in the marketplace today. Start there first and narrow down as you go.
8. What do you know now that you wish you had known whilst studying?
Trust the process. Establish your vision and pursue that relentlessly, but always be prepared to pivot when necessary.
9. Who was the biggest influence on your career?
My wife and children. Every decision I make, every step forward is for them.
10. What advice would you give your younger self?
It’s all going to work out. Enjoy yourself more.
11. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I have travelled for hours for an exceptional sushi dinner.
12. What's next?
In August 2021, I joined HomeX as the Vice President of Product Design. HomeX is focused on reinventing the home services marketplace by bringing a software oriented, data-driven and customer-centered approach to every aspect of the home services experience.