Richard Holt

National Committee: 
WAG Member

Richard is a highly experienced creative entrepreneur, practitioner and educationalist who has provided significant contribution to arts and creative development internationally. He promotes a ‘can do’ approach to everything he does which in turn motivates people to get involved with inspiring projects and instills
confidence in those people involved.
As Centre manager and co-founder of the Creative Innovation Centre CIC in Taunton he works with a highly talented team to provide support for social enterprises and the promotion of the creative sector regionally.
He gained a fellowship of Creative Enterprise through the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Plymouth University and has extensive knowledge nationally and internationally in curriculum design, delivery, management, quality assurance and accreditation.
Over the past 15 years he has been involved in key strategic creative sector development regionally through the development of Somerset Design Enterprise network, South West Design Forum, Universities South West’s 'Creative Industries Special Interest Group, Creative Somerset and the Exeter Cultural
In recent years he has been Arts and Design Manager at Exeter College and Curriculum manager of Arts and Design at Somerset College. As well as managing the new Creative Innovation Centre CIC, Richard also delivers innovation development programmes, exhibitions and events across all sectors supporting social enterprise development in the region. As a designer he has created and designed a wide range of products from financial interface terminals for the stock exchange to mass and low batch produced lighting and interior furnishings.

Click on the following links to find out more about: Creative Innovation Centre:

Creative Innovation Centre CIC Founder and Centre Manager 9/12 – present
Core Business Design Director of training 9/10 – 9/14
Exeter College Art & Design Manager 4/09 – 7/10
Somerset College Curriculum Manager Arts & Design 9/97 – 4/09
West Thames College Head of 3D design 9/88 – 7/97
Lampton School Head of Technology 9/87 – 7/88

Qualifications and accreditation:
Industrial Design BA (hons) Birmingham City University 1981-84
Design Technology PGCE Brunel University 1985-86
Management (MCI) NVQ level 5 West Thames College 1997
Social Enterprise Level 4 SFEDI 2014

Professional membership and networks:
Holder of the Queens Award for Enterprise and Promotion 2015
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Chair – Designed in Devon, Exeter
Vice Chair – Somerset Design Enterprise Network (founder Chair)
Board member - South West Design Forum
HERDA special interest group – creative industries
SWRDA research group – creative industries
Cultural partnership and Olympiad – committee member
Digital Design and Interactive media group
Somerset Business Partnership

Exhibitions, Conferences and Events:
Design Museum London: Design the Next Generation
Chartered Society of Designers, London: Apple, Hewlett Packard and Wedgewood. Technology Showcase
Olympia London : 100% design
Riverside Gallery, Chiswick: Group show
ArtHub Gallery London: Group Show
Business Design Centre Islington: New Designers 1990 - 2000
Durban University, Ontario College of Art and Design, Venice Biennale: International Design Network
Folk Festival Exeter and Taunton
Arts Festival Taunton
Street Arts Festival Taunton, Arts Council, Mercurial Wrestler Falmouth, interactive research programme
Outdoor concert Taunton, Taunton Deane Borough Council
Creative Innovation Centre: Over 200 exhibitions, music performances and plays
Research, Development and Curriculum design:
QAA Advisor Higher Education Weston College
Creative and Media Apprenticeships.
MA Creative Enterprise, University of Plymouth
Design workshops, Sustainable design, Social media branding
Level 4 programmes in Enterprise, Project Management and Service Design
Design training workshops in Sustainable design, Service design, Digital Media techniques and Enterprise.
Foundation Degrees in Product and 3D Design
Fellowship in Enterprise – Centre of excellence for teaching and learning, University of Plymouth
International Design Enterprise Networks, Enterprise Centre, - Ontario College of Art and Design and Somerset College.
Sustainable Manufacture – University of Durban, South Africa and Plymouth University College, Somerset
Sustainable Design Futures, Design Council and South West Screen

Professional updating:
Social Enterprise mentoring (SEQ) – Real Ideas Organisation
Design – Branding and Social media development – Design Council
Management and Leadership – Design programme
Research Methodologies – University of Plymouth
Stereo Lithography – Innovation Centre- University of Plymouth
Safeguarding – Exeter College

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