Tom is Director of designContext, and a systemic designer, with 15 years of experience working in industry and as a consultant, as a industrial designer and concept-design manager in innovation and the circular economy.

Since 2008, his work evolved from technology and product development into more technical circular projects, such-as Advanced Services, to Remanufacturing, to I.O.T (internet-of-things).

And from 2014, the scope has been enlarged, through longer-term studies in Human Development (Human History, Ethics, Psychology), Economics (Micro-economics, Money, Institutional Economics), Ecology (Cellular Biology, Botany, Microbiology, Biogeology, Evolution…), Regenerative Agriculture (Soil-Food-Web, Keyline-Design, Holistic Management, Permaculture, Agroecology, Mushroom Farming, Biochar and Biogas), and Systems Thinking.

Tom has the ability to look at and map, the internal perspective of the company or entrepreneur, and their product(s) or service(s), with their external context of geography, culture, and institutions and rules.

From this systemic approach, he is able to draw on his broad technical skills, tools/methods, knowledge, and community-of-practice, to support students, consultants, entrepreneurs and managers (industrial or agricultural). Helping them develop innovative and regenerative solutions, inspired by nature, right across the value chain, from material and energy sourcing, organisational design, and production, to the final products or services, and their delivery and relationship with customers.

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Like Tom's early nineteenth century namesake, John Snow, who mapped the source of the cholera outbreak in London Soho in 1854, he often creates 'maps' - not of the physical territory only - instead, maps that attempt to illustrate new thinking: from mapping the journey of food for new business projects, to how energy travels through our universe for example. These maps, evolve over time through better understanding, and have been found to be a key component in helping the awareness, when development of new products and services.


John Snow - Published by C.F. Cheffins, Lith, Southhampton Buildings, London, England, 1854 in Snow, John. On the Mode of Communication of Cholera, 2nd Ed, John Churchill, New Burlington Street, London, England, 1855. (Wikipedia, hereOriginally sourced from: http://matrix.msu.edu/~johnsnow/images/online_companion/chapter_images/fig12-5.jpg Access on 04/06/2014).

John Snow, is generally credited with being one of the founders of modern epidemiology, due to some extent, to his tracing of the source of the cholera outbreak in London Soho, in 1854.

He was able to pin-point the source, through interviewing people living in the effected area, to a public water pump.  He used a map, and marked the outbreaks of dots to show the cholera cases clustering around the water pump; and used statistics, proving a link between the water source quality and the cholera cases.  It is regarded as the founding event of the science of epidemiology.