With over 25 years experience in the creative industries, Jan Casey has substantial expertise from both a business and consultancy perspective. Previously a board director of branding agency Lambie-Nairn, Jan now works independently, combining her experience as a brand consultant, project director, business advisor, coach and psychotherapist to build brands, implement projects and facilitate organisational change.
Jan's business clients include Land Securities, BBC Broadcast, HM Revenue & Customs, Sky, Royal Mail, NHS, British Heart Foundation and Red Cross; design consultancy clients include hat-trick, Pentagram and David Collins Studio. Jan also chairs seminars on the creative industry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Jan has been working with InnovationRCA since 2008, initiating and developing the RCA Innovation Forum, a programme which introduces industry leaders to the College and provides a platform for inter-company learning and discussion. Members include Habitat, Ford, John Lewis, Sony, Olympic Delivery Authority and the Science Museum.
Bradley is life sciences Investment Manager at Cambridge Enterprise. He started his career as a life scientist working for the world's largest pharmaceutical companies and from there moved into technology transfer and business incubation. His previous roles include that of Head of Business Incubation at Design London, the RCA's joint venture partnership with Imperial College. It was here that he gained experience of a wide range of industrial sectors including heavy manufacturing, fire suppression, electrical engineering and fashion.
Bradley has a B.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry from Brunel University, a Research Master's degree in Molecular Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and an Executive MBA from Cass Business School. He has been an active supporter of InnovationRCA's entrepreneurship programmes since 2010.
Melanie has recently rejoined Future Foundation - the consumer and social think tank and futures consultancy she co-founded in 1996 - following a successful MBO. Melanie's role as part-time Chair is to explore new ways of disseminating the Foundation's work in the wider world and lead innovation both internally and through working with clients.
With nearly 20 years of social trend analysis and forecasting experience both at the Henley Centre for Forecasting and the Future Foundation, she has extensive knowledge to bring to client projects of all kinds, and is a popular speaker and facilitator for events. She co-chaired Include 2009 at the Royal College of Art and has recently spoken at conferences about the future of the third sector, new media and social enterprise, amongst other topics.
As well as Melanie's visiting role at InnovationRCA where she works to apply social and consumer insights to inspiring better innovation, other roles include being a Trustee of the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation, a non-executive director for Band and Brown communications and an advisor to on-line social business hub www.clearlyso.com. She is also a special advisor to the Advertising Association on an enquiry into the future of advertising.
Professor Andy Penaluna
Andy is Professor of Creative Entrepreneurship and Research Director at the Centre for Creative Enterprise, Swansea Metropolitan University, and an advisor to FuelRCA, the RCA's professional development service.
Following what he describes as a career swerve from his designer background, Andy discovered that his research and design thinking skills enabled him to challenge established thinking on enterprise and entrepreneurship education. He subsequently formed the Higher Education Academy's Entrepreneurial Learning Special Interest Group and was elected to Chair Enterprise Educators UK, a network of over 70 Universities, for 2010-11.
Andy's roles include working with the Enterprise Directorate at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and developing educator training on behalf of Welsh Government. He sits on a United Nations expert panel that is developing an international enterprise policy toolkit, where teaching the teachers and developing 'constructively aligned' assessment strategies has become a priority task. Andy also chairs the Quality Assurance Agency's Graduate Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Group.
Nick was partner at top-tier patent and trade mark firm, Kilburn & strode LLP, until retirement in 2013 and continues to provide consultancy services for the firm.
He has a Masters in chemistry from Oxford University, and is a qualified solicitor, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a European Patent Attorney. Nick is also a certified Patent Agent Litigator. Nick provided patent attorney services to the Royal College of Art for over ten years. In that time he was also a generous supporter of its students and alumni providing informal guidance and talks on intellectual property rights helping them understand the fundamentals of protecting their work.
In 2013, Nick became Visiting Business Fellow at InnovationRCA.