Our organisation

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Designability was first established in the UK in 1968 under its former name, Bath Institute of Medical Engineering.

A registered charity

We are a charity registered in England and Wales with charity no. 256335 and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 933932.

Our registered office is Wolfson Centre, Department D1, Royal United Hospital, BATH, BA1 3NG.

Day to day responsibility for the running of Designability is delegated to our Chief Executive and Leadership Team.

Our work is overseen by four main bodies:

Our Board of Trustees

Our unpaid Board of Trustees meets at least three times per year and is responsible for ensuring that we meet our charitable objectives and are run according to our Articles of Association and Memorandum of Association.

Our Officers

Our unpaid Officers support and advise our Board of Trustees. Our Honorary Secretary is appointed by the University of Bath and our Honorary Assistant Secretary is appointed by our Trustees.

Our Committees

Designability has two principal goverance committees which have been established to monitor our projects and research activities and to review our financial management.

Our Products and Impact Committee

The purpose of our Product and Impact Committee is to:

  • Review all current and new projects, to ensure that they are appropriate and progressing according to timescale and budget;
  • Ensure external peer reviews are carried out and review exploitation and commercialisation of products;
  • Review risks arising from research studies and monitor requests for ethical approval.

Current members of this committee are the follows, with additional individuals invited to meetings when needed and appropriate.

Dr Elizabeth White (Chair)
Head of Research and Development
College of Occupational Therapists

Mr Martin Bloomfield
Engineering Manager
Herman Miller

Ms Catharine Brown
Chief Executive at Designability

Mr Paul Fairhurst
Trustee

Mr Matthew Ford
Head of Designa and Engineering at Designability

Mr Martin Hunt
Chair and Non-Executive Director
Crossness Engines Trust

Ms Emma Legg
Director, Adult Care Operations; Access and Reablement
Wiltshire Council

Mr George Leroy
Head of Operations at Designability

Dr Ben Metcalfe
Assistant Professor
University of Bath

Our Finance and Governance Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee meet four times a year to review income and expenditure against budget and to ensure that the charity adheres to set financial controls.

Current members of this committee are the follows, with additional individuals invited to meetings when needed and appropriate.

Mr Oli Foster (Chair)
Finance Controller

Ms Genevieve Arney
Head of Fundraising and Communications at Designability

Ms Lynda Bowen
Trustee

Ms Catharine Brown
Chief Executive at Designability

Ms Libby Gawith
Civil Engineer

Mr George Leroy
Head of Operations at Designability 

Mr Gavin Maggs
Director of Development and Alumni
University of Birmingham

Ms Laura Mirfield
Head of Finance at Designability

Mr Sam Whatley
Accountant