Rise and Design: Saving Lives though Design

Friday 12 April 2019 - 08:30 – 1230

Northern Design Centre, Gateshead NE8 3DF

We've covered a host of different topics in the last ten years of Rise and Design events, but this one is probably the most important.

Great design can enhance lives, but it can also save lives, and in this event we'll be hearing from organisations that have devoted themselves to protecting people ,and who rely on well designed products and services are achieve this.

Speakers include:

Nick Ayers, Royal National Lifeboat Institution.                           

Since 1824 the RNLI and it's thousands of brave volunteers has devoted itself to saving lives at sea. And as well as relying on the guts and determination of its lifeboat crews, they also employ cutting edge engineering and design to develop their boats and equipment, and to understand the reasons why people put themselves at risk. Nick will tell us more about their work and some recent achievements.


Paul Burlison, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service               

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service serve a population of 620,000 from 15 fire stations across their area. They also, through their trading arm Vital fire Services, deliver fire safety solutions and training to organiations across the UK. Paul will tell us about the work they're doing and some of the challenges they still face


This is a great opportunity to learn about the impact that design is making, as well as a chance to meet and chat with like minded people.