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Designing for transitions: from now to next

Cat Drew

Angie Wright

Andre Reid

Chair: Cassie Robinson

Chair: Cassie Robinson

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Breakout session

Tuesday 24th May, London: 13.50 – 14.45

Supported by JRF

What conditions need creating so communities can transition to be prosperous and thriving places? What is the hidden wiring that needs tackling to enable this? And how do we build strong social and civic networks and infrastructures to support this?


  • Cat Drew: Cat Drew is the Chief Design Officer at Design Council where she brings together architecture and the built environment, public sector design and business innovation to support people live healthier, happier and safer lives. Previously, Cat has held leadership positions at FutureGov and Uscreates, and was a co-founder of the UK Government’s Policy Lab.

  • Angie Wright: Angie Wright is the Chief Officer at b Inspired, a Community Business and charity in Braunstone, Leicester. Utilising an asset base of £8 million, trading primarily in commercial and residential letting, b inspired exists to continue a strong track record of neighbourhood renewal in Braunstone and for its proud community. It offers a wide range of local services and creates real social impact.

  • Andre Reid: Andre is the Founding Director of KIONDO, a design research studio which grows relationships with organisations to embed citizens in: Co-Design, Design Research & Innovation, Participatory Place-making and Urban Regeneration. As a systems designer and architectural practitioner, Andre works to reimagine spaces and places by reimagining the systems which come together to make them, function, look and feel.

  • Chair: Cassie Robinson: Cassie Robinson currently works at JRF on the Emerging Futures programme, P4NE, Power to Change, Impact on Urban Health and Earth Percent on everything from funding strategy and innovation in funding, to field-building work. Until November 2021 Cassie was Deputy Director of Funding Strategy at The National Lottery Community Fund where she ran a £60 Million funding portfolio. She’s created an extensive archive of all the work, which tells her story and her website has more details about how she’s working across the philanthropy ecosystem. 

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