D&T Conference 2015


This Conference will be an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the important role new technologies are playing in design and how products are created.  It should excite and stimulate students about design.  At this event, students will hear about the design process first-hand from Hereford Cathedral School’s Old Herefordians (OH), designers and engineers who are working in the field.  Over one day, the designers will talk about different aspects of the design process and highlight key issues relevant for design students. 

> For videos from the D&T Conference 2013 please click here

We are pleased to offer this Design & Technology Conference FREE OF CHARGE to pupils of Hereford Cathedral School, as well as Year 10 and 11 students and members of staff of invited local schools. Demand for seats is sure to be high, so in order to avoid disappointment, we advise bookings are made as soon as possible.

RSVP:  Mrs Linda Harding, School Secretary
Phone:  01432 363522 (after hours answer-phone service)
Address:  Hereford Cathedral School, Old Deanery, The Cathedral Close, Hereford HR1 2NG


Jeremy White

Jeremy White is Head of Transport at leading design and innovation company Seymourpowell.

Jeremy’s design career began at Atlantic Design where he was involved in the design of the first Desiro programme for Siemens Transportation. Since joining Seymourpowell in 1999, Jeremy has played a key role in developing Seymourpowell’s presence in the transportation arena, most notably the interior and exterior development of Midland Mainline/Bombardier’s Meridian Class 222 trains, the ENV motorbike and interior of Bell’s 427 and 429 corporate helicopters.  He has undertaken numerous design and consumer insight projects, seeking to define the transport that will feature in the world of tomorrow, or as we like to call it, ‘The Shape of Things to Come.’ 


George Probert, BEng Civil & Coastal Engineering - First Class (Hons) Plymouth University; OH 2006

George completed A Levels in Design & Technology Product Design, Physics and Maths here at HCS and now works for XEIAD as an engineer.  XEIAD is a civil engineering consultancy specialising in difficult access. They are engineers with extensive experience in rope access, diving and confined spaces. His work at XEIAD is integrated to all stages of a project from tender build-up to execution.  George has worked on projects such as the Hammersmith Flyover and a wide range of structures, including most types of bridges, culverts, retaining walls, masts and dams. He is experienced in a range of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).

James Urmston, BA Graphic Design - First Class (Hons) University of Lincoln; OH 2008

James studied Graphic Design at University of Lincoln and won the accolade of Student of the Year in Graphic Design 2013. James completed A Levels in Textiles, Design & Technology Product Design and Physical Education. He now works as junior designer at So Design Consultants based in Bristol. So is a graphic design consultancy built on a raw passion for creative excellence.

Karen Usher, Dartmouth College, United States of America

Karen Usher is the lead of the 40-person strong team heading up the New University for Hereford project.  Comprised of business leaders and educators from Herefordshire and throughout the UK, this team will deliver a unique, new applied engineering university based in Hereford City in 2017-2018.  Karen is a retired serial entrepreneur from Washington, DC who relocated to Herefordshire 10 years ago.

Hugo Cohn, MEng Automotive Engineering, University of Leeds; OH 2010

Hugo is a graduate engineer at McLaren Automotive Ltd. When studying here with us at HCS, he completed A Levels in Design & Technology Product Design, Physics and Maths. He is currently part of a graduate rotation scheme covering many different attributes of the design and development process. McLaren is a British automotive manufacturer of high-performance vehicles. The company was established as McLaren Cars in 1989 as a producer of road cars based on Formula One technology and is the most successful name in Formula One racing.

Lily Morris, BA Interior Architecture and Design, Nottingham Trent Univerity (studying); OH 2012

Lily studied Design & Technology at GCSE level where she received an A* for her corner cabinet project. She then took History of Art, Latin and Classics at A Level, continuing her studies at Hereford Cathedral School. She took a working gap year in Hereford, and in September 2013 Lily began her Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Hereford College of Arts. She received a distinction for her final project, where she worked alongside the Hay Festival, making a unique interactive wooden sculpture for the children's area.


9.20am - Welcome and Registration

9.45am - George Probert: ‘The Engineering Design Process and NDT’

10.25am - James Urmston: ‘An Insight into Graphic Design and the Industry’

11.05am - Karen Usher: ‘Engineering and the New University for Hereford’

11.20am - Break 

11.40am - Hugo Cohn: ‘The Link Between Motorsport and the Consumer Market’

12.20pm - Lunch Break

1.00pm - Lily Morris: ‘Research, Form and Function’

1.40pm - Jeremy White (Keynote Speaker): ‘Design and Innovation’

2.30pm - End

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