FLEX Specialists

RODERICK ADAMS MA: Senior Lecturer, Interior Design, Northumbria University

I have developed my Interior Design teaching profile over the last 15 years (along with some consultancy work in London and Hong Kong) which included working as a Course Leader of a degree programme in Yorkshire for 10 years. I now work as Senior Lecturer on the Interior Design Degree Programme at Northumbria.

I am currently in the final stages of my PhD at the University of Lincoln. My research is exploring the interrelationships between Humans and the Spatial Environments they inhabit, with a particular emphasis on work and office design.


TIM BAILEY: xsite architecture

Tim Bailey is a practising architect with xsite architecture in Newcastle upon Tyne. Passionately committed to the North East, his work encompasses cultural, living and working environments hoping to contribute to a better, more respectful place in which to live.



GILL DONOGHUE: Housing Services Manager, Caledonia HA
BA (Hons) Applied Economics, PG Diploma Housing, MCIH

I’ve worked as a Housing Practitioner since 1995 in policy, research & practice in local authority and housing associations.

Current post with Caledonia HA (formerly Servite HA) as operational manager for housing, care & support and domiciliary services along with property management functions.

Provide housing & support services for over 900 older people in Tayside & Fife area and employ 180 staff in housing support, care and home help services.

Recently been awarded a ‘Housing with Care’ pilot as well as Scottish Government ‘Change Fund’ grants to support projects that support the shift in the balance of care from hospital / care home to community and home.


BARBARA DOUGLAS: Strategic Director, Quality of Life Partnership

Barbara Douglas, about to turn 60. I have been working in the field of ageing for the last 17 years so I should be well prepared! I have a particular interest in how we create homes and neighbourhoods, which provide supportive environments for us as we age.

Quality of Life Partnership helps to make changes for older people, with older people. We strive for equality and excellence and seek solutions that work for the benefit of older people.


SARAH FROOD: Creative Director, 
icecream architecture

Sarah Frood is one of the founding directors of icecream architecture. icecream architecture is a design and delivery practice that engages clients and the community to develop their projects.

We have evolved from our grounding in architecture and an obsession with successful community consultation into an interactive practice for the research of people’s needs and their subsequent realisation.

Our ‘icecream van’ ethos provides a social and accessible platform from which we can directly engage with people and their projects.


DENISE GILLIE: Peter Fletcher Associates

Denise Gillie has worked for Peter Fletcher Associates since early 2005. She has project managed reviews of older peoples housing (buildings and services); acted as a critical friend for a local authority Private Finance bid; advised on new developments; supported planning applications; commissioned extra care housing schemes and developed PFA’s partnership with the Northern Housing Consortium.

Originally working as a lawyer, Denise moved into social housing and had 15 years experience developing and managing a range of housing care and support services for older people with a national Housing Association.

In January 2000 she was seconded to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) as Project Manager for a supported housing programme managing staff, briefing Ministers and working across Government.

In May 2001 she joined Durham Social Services managing a partnership of adult social care, District housing authorities, probation service and the Primary Care Trusts.

In December 2002 she left to become Older People’s Policy Lead for County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority and in 2003 she was seconded to the Department of Health to provide policy advice on older people’s housing and manage the Extra Care Housing Fund.


JO GOODING: Co-ordinator, UK Cohousing Network

Experienced community housing practitioner, supporting communities to develop and manage housing as a community asset – specialist across various models including cohousing, community development trusts, self build and self help. Co-ordinator of the UK Cohousing Network, member of the Mutual Housing Sectors Group and advisor/mentor to varied community led housing projects in North East. Recently supported the delivery of multiple asset transfer programmes in two North East local authorities.

She is a non-executive Director of a Registered Social Landlord, providing general needs and supported and sheltered housing.


ROBERT SAKULA: Partner, Ash Sakula Architects

Robert Sakula is a founder partner of Ash Sakula Architects, a design-led practice based in London, from where we carry out projects throughout the UK, encompassing housing, regeneration, creative business and the arts. Current projects include seventy-one new homes at The Malings, Ouseburn, Newcastle; renovation of the Grade 1 listed Dome in Brighton; and a pop up project, the Canning Town Caravanserai.


ADRIAN STEWART: Director, DO-Architecture

Adrian Stewart is the Director of Glasgow based DO-Architecture, a multi-disciplinary studio, often working collaboratively with other disciplines to make architecture with a human dimension that is informed by place and people.

The practice has recently been selected to represent Scotland at the 2012 Venice Biennale.

Adrian was previously a director of the GLAS Co-Operative, and in 2002 was awarded Young Architect of the Year at the Scottish Design Awards

Adrian is also a studio tutor and lecturer at The Mackintosh School of Architecture.


SCOTT TURPIE: Partner, Nicoll Russell Studios

Scott Turpie is a Partner in Nicoll Russell Studios, an award-winning Architectural practice based in Dundee.

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Scott has played a key role in the design and realisation of a number of Nicoll Russell Studios’ high profile projects, including the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, the An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway, and Howden Park Centre in Livingston. He is currently directing work on several projects which involve the design of “Supportive Environments”. These include a “dementia-friendly” Housing with Care development for West Lothian Council / Hub South East Scotland Ltd, and a new Day Resource Centre for Scottish Autism.

Outwith Nicoll Russell Studios, Scott has taught Architectural History at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, lectured at Edinburgh College of Art, and presented proposals to the RIAS conference ‘Rethinking the Royal Mile’. He has regularly been a visiting critic at the University of Dundee Architecture School (where he has also lectured on the specialist nature of buildings for the Arts), and currently teaches part-time as an Honours year studio tutor.


ANNA VALLGÅRDA: Assistant Professor, IT University of Copenhagen

I’m Anna Vallgårda. I am assistant professor the IT University of Copenhagen, with a PhD in Interaction Design.

My research evolves around expressional interaction design, experimenting with new expressions of computational things and new forms of interaction. I understand and work with the computer as a material in practice often as “computational composites” (e.g. the computer in composition with wood, metal, or textile). I also aim to develop different “formgiving” practices for the computer as means to level interaction design with other forms of material design.


BRIAN WATSON: Housing Consultant

I am a housing professional converted into a consultant interested in older persons housing, rural fuel poverty and affordable housing generally. As I pass the Saga entry point of 55, I have become increasing concerned with the problems facing older people, including a lack of appropriate housing choices, an inability to finance their current and future needs and a lack of advice they can trust when making life changing decisions. I am trying in my own small way to change that, with limited success to date!


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