An internationally acclaimed designer and innovation specialist working with the world’s top brands has joined Edge Hill University as a Professor of Innovation and Associate Dean of Enterprise and Employability.

Professor Simon Bolton graduated from the Royal College of Art as a product designer and gained a PhD from the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Simon has exhibited at galleries including London’s Design Museum and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

He has over twenty years’ experience of helping worldwide organisations and brands including the BBC, BSkyB, Hyundai and Nokia to enhance their customer insight and innovation capabilities.

Simon also spent seven years as a global thought leader for Proctor & Gamble focussing on ‘disruptive insight driven innovation’ – helping them to successfully unlock hidden innovation opportunities in European and Asian markets.

Aside from his role at Edge Hill Simon is also Chair of the Board of Directors at Birmingham Open Media and is a Visiting Professor for Insight Driven Innovation at Icesi University in Columbia and the Central University of Finance and Economics in China.

Professor Bolton said:

“My role at Edge Hill University is to support both staff and students to realise their potential through the use of our world class facilities and promote external relationships that will provide meaningful opportunities for them to deliver impact.

“With staff it’s about helping to create an environment where they can continually share good practices, collaborate across disciplines and have the time and resources to systematically develop and deliver their innovative outcomes.

“For our students it’s about helping to raise aspirations and instilling in them the confidence that they can make a difference.

“We can do this by ensuring that key employability skills and attributes are embedded within their curriculum and provide them with the best work experience opportunities, underpinned by a fully supported career development journey.

“Employability isn’t just about CVs anymore, our students will be more adaptive, innovative and better prepared for their future careers.”

He added: “Edge Hill University is clearly on an upward trajectory. I’m excited about the opportunities to work with excellent facilities such as the new Technology Hub, a stimulating range of arts and science subject areas and teams of world class experts.