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Mat Hunter


  • Mat Hunter is a visiting tutor in Service Design at the Royal College of Art. He currently leads the Central Research Laboratory an Accelerator facility for product-centric tech startups. Formerly Chief Design Officer for the UK Design Council and Partner at international design agency IDEO, Mat brings together his knowledge of design-led innovation in products, services and systems across private, public and third sectors. 

  • Biography

  • Mat Hunter is the Managing Director of Central Research Laboratory (CRL), the UK's first purpose built Accelerator facility for tech entrepreneurs. The CRL funds and incubates a new generation of manufactured-product-led innovators, helping them get to market and grow successful businesses, often blending sophisticated hardware with service-based models.

    Previously, Mat was Chief Design Officer at the Design Council where he led the Design Challenges programme. The programme seed-funded and supported more than 50 businesses to generate sustainable social impact, tackling pressing issues such as helping people to live well with Dementia, reducing violence and aggression in A&E departments and finding better ways to support early years development. During this time Mat also engaged with various government departments to bring a design-perspective to policy development and public service design.

    Mat started his career in Silicon Valley, working for world-renowned design innovators IDEO after graduating in Industrial Design (Central St Martin's Schools of Art) and Computer Related Design (Royal College of Art). He developed some of the first consumer digital products for both corporates (Kodak, Steelcase) and startups (TiVo, Audible Inc). He then returned to the UK where he led IDEO’s London office.

    He is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School, Honorary Fellow at Arts University Bournemouth and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and regularly teaches at London Business School.

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