Innovation Lead, Design
Innovate UK

As Innovation Lead for Design at Innovate UK, Ben is responsible for the development and implementation of the organisation’s national design strategy and support programmes. This includes the Design Foundations competition which has provided over £6 million of grant funding for businesses to carry out early-stage, human-centred design studies. Ben works to promote excellent design practice across national innovation programmes, including the Healthy Ageing Challenge and other Industrial Strategy Challenge Funds.

Prior to joining Innovate UK in 2014, Ben practised as a multi-disciplinary industrial, UX and service designer and held positions as a senior designer and non-exec director at Alloy, an experience-led design consultancy. He’s managed and delivered strategic interventions for clients of all sizes, across many sectors, always with a focus on adding value through better experiences.

Judging panel

Chloe Templeman

Creative Director
Design Bridge

Nick Finney

NB Studio

Hiten Bhatt

Head of Design

Chris Bennett

Creative Director
Start Design

Sam Stone

Creative Director
Coley Porter Bell

Stuart Wood

Founding Partner
Missouri Creative

Joohee Lee

Associate Director

Ben Griffin

Innovation Lead, Design
Innovate UK

Paul Gray

Founder / owner
Suisse Design

John Mathers

British Design Fund

Sophie Maxwell


Stephen Haggarty

Group Creative Director

Sue Daun

Executive Creative Director

Natasha Chetiyawardana

Creative Partner
Bow & Arrow

Jos Harrison

Global Design Strategy Director
Reckitt Benckiser

claudia morris

Creative Director
B&B studio

Kate Marlow

Creative Partner
Here Design