When did you join the Oxford Creativity team?
What year was your photo taken?
Before Oxford Creativity...
David is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and worked for Rolls-Royce plc for 39 years in various roles including leading creativity and innovation as Head of Design Technology, and as a senior manager responsible for research and technology programmes.
What are you most proud of?
What I enjoy most at Oxford Creativity is helping clients generate breakthrough solutions to difficult real-world problems, and seeing participants happy with the results. Through training and workshops it is also very rewarding to see people's belief in their own creativity flourish.
What does your Oxford Creativity work involve?
Providing training involves explaining TRIZ thinking and tools as clearly as possible. Having used TRIZ in industry for many years, this helps underline the relevance of TRIZ and ground its application in a business context.
Please reflect on your role
Facilitating TRIZ workshops on real problems involves first seeking to understand the client, their problem and their needs, and then tailoring the agenda and tools used to maximise the impact in the time available. During workshops I aim to explain the tools we will be using simply and clearly, as well as coach and encourage the participants through the process. It is also important to remain flexible on what direction to take, as the problem understand grows and potential solutions emerge. The workshop also finishes on a high when we have been able to generate some kind of action plan for taking the top ideas forward.
Home and Hobbies
I am an aspiring potter with a desire to create functional porcelain where beauty is born of purpose. As an engineer I aim to make “Form Follow Function”. I have a long way to go, but am enjoying the journey.
I like reading, and writing. I find that writing helps me to think, which comes in useful when I'm preparing some Bible teaching for our Church, where I am an Elder.
I try to avoid mashed potato and eggs with running whites.
Everyone at Oxford Creativity will always remember that...
Karen likes to tell the story of how when she was first giving some TRIZ training for Rolls-Royce, she used a patent as an example on one of her slides. Part way through her explanation it dawned on me that it was one of my patents. I think she enjoyed seeing the realisation slowly spread across my face. This was pre-internet, so she had to have done her homework!