The people that make WEDF happen are volunteers.

It’s a labour of love. We do it because we believe in the power of good design and we’re motivated by what the West of England has to offer.

We believe that design is a creative catalyst that can help people, businesses and organisations across the region to thrive. By getting involved locally in a small way, you can help strengthen the national design industry as a whole.

If you share our belief in the power of good design, we need your help to create a thriving design community in the West of England. 

Get involved: hello@​wedesignforum.​co.​uk

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Adrian Barclay —

Voices Coordinator, Illustrator and all-round helper.

Design, Illustration and Brand Strategy at Marles & Barclay.

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Emma B —

Managing Director.

Freelance Creative Producer.


Katie Cad —

Runs our Instagram, looks after the website and newsletters.

Designer at Supple Studio

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Engy Elboreini —

Designer, Talks Team and head of PALS.

Freelance Graphic Designer.

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Jamie Ellul —

Head of Talks.

Creative Director and Founder of Supple Studio.

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Georgie Ferris —

Talks Team.

Account Manager at Taxi Studio.


Kendra Futcher —

Writer and part of the Women in Design* team (*working title).

Freelance copywriter.

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Kate Gordon —

PR and Social Media and part of the Women in Design* team (*working title).

Director at Brightspark PR, and consultant to other PR agencies.

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Emma Hopton —


Designer, Maker, Educator. Senior Creative at Taxi Studio.

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Sophie Mackenzie —

Vice Chair.

Account Director at Proctor & Stevenson.

Robert Rawle

Robert Rawle —

Treasurer and Finance Director.

GP Director specialising in Media and Creative industries at Milsted Langdon.


Kate Strudwick —

Talks Team and Events Project Manager.

Event Producer.

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Kerry Wheeler —

Part of the Twitter and Women in Design* teams (*working title).

Senior Designer at Home, Bristol.


Our vision has always been to create an active, vibrant and engaged design community in the West of England. A community that shines a light for the region; promotes the power and value of design; creates a culture of opportunity; inspires and provides new learning that grows people and businesses; and creates sustainable change. As volunteers, to do this, a strong sense of dedication is vital.

Proudly Regional

Creating a strong regional voice gives us more influence at a national level. We work with regional and national organisations including D&AD, The Design Programme, Design Council and Design Business Association (DBA) to campaign and influence decision-making that directly affects design. Our work with local universities such as UWE is a big part of what we do as it helps reinforce the region’s role within the design industry as a whole. 

Registered address – Milsted Langdon LLP, Freshford House, Redcliffe Way, Bristol, BS1 6NL