Catherine Docherty

As head of the Design Innovation Studio at the Glasgow School of Art, Catherine leads a number of projects including: re-imagining public services, including social services and the future of public libraries; supporting businesses to increase their competitiveness through the use of design; engaging communities in the climate change agenda; and facilitating organisational strategic planning.

Catherine has worked as a consultant and researcher in the fields of design management and innovation for the past 17 years, and has extensive project management experience delivering national and international initiatives relating to design, innovation and sustainability.

As Managing Director at Journey Associates, Catherine draws on her experience in academia, the public sector and commercial practice, to help client organisations make the most effective use of design and innovation resources; both in strategy selection and implementation. She has worked at a strategic level for a wide range of clients, delivering projects for the BBC, the Scottish Government, the Design Council, Scottish Enterprise, NESTA, Strathclyde Police, Grampian Police, Standard Life, Glasgow School of Art, Nottingham University and Material Connexion (New York). She has also held academic posts at the Manchester School of Management and De Montfort University.

Catherine is an invited member of the Creative Network, a not-for-profit organisation that generates innovative ideas and approaches for social benefit, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Creative Industries at Adam Smith College, Fife. Catherine has also been an invited member of the conference-working group for the Institute of Directors Scotland.