The workshops described on this website have been designed and delivered by Tom Inns.

Tom has considerable experience in using workshops as a way of pooling knowledge, setting strategy and driving innovation.

Tom studied Engineering at the University of Bristol, Design at the Royal College of Art and has a PhD exploring drivers of innovation success in small businesses. Over the last 25 years Tom has held many senior leadership positions – always delivering on a major change agenda.

Tom is passionate about taking a ‘T-shaped’ approach to innovation; integrating the broad views of different disciplines with the best possible specialist knowledge; ensuring strategy reflects changes in context and that innovations are based on real user needs and the environment in which they will operate. Tom uses design thinking methods to help unlock creativity and capture workshop outcomes. This ensures each workshop is an effective and memorable experience for all participants and really helps drive future plans.

He has taught strategic design thinking at Brunel University, University of Dundee, University of St Andrews and the Glasgow School of Art. He has designed and delivered design thinking training programmes for the UK Design Council, KTP network and for delivery in-house within many businesses and organisations across the world.

Tom Inns has designed and facilitated workshops for organisations and businesses across the UK, Europe and China.

For more information on Tom’s experience see Tom’s Linkedin profile.

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‘Events such as workshops and sandpits are commonplace, especially during early phases, in interdisciplinary enterprises … Attempts to run such events without sufficient expertise from outside both academia and business can jeopardise an initiative from the outset … Tom Inns, is a leading expert. His ‘ facilitated design workshops involve a range of physical media, drawing on his own professional background as a designer.’

Blackwell et al, Radical Innovation: Crossing Knowledge Boundaries with Interdisciplinary Teams, University of Cambridge / NESTA report  click here to download the report