The Design Trust
is an online business school for designers and makers. Director Patricia van den Akker is passionate about helping creatives develop businesses they’re proud of. She writes regularly for the Crafts Council
magazine Crafts as the Design Doctor. Patricia grew up in the Netherlands and has called London her home for the last 20 years.
Anna Rigby is the Head of Buying at John Lewis, overseeing the retailer’s buys for Home Accessories, Gifts and Seasonal. After studying at Nottingham University, Anna joined John Lewis as a graduate trainee before moving up in the ranks over the years. She jokes that she’s been married now for 34 years and "married" to John Lewis for 35 years. In her spare time, Anna works with various organizations as a mentor to new business starters who are interested in engaging with large retailers.
Pip McCormac is the Lifestyle Director at Red, overseeing all the interiors stories for the magazine and online. He has been a journalist for 12 years, interviewed every design star there is, and seen many a trend come and go. What Pip doesn't know about decorating and styling homes isn't worth knowing.
Erica Davies is a stylist, brand consultant, and fashion journalist with over 15 years of experience in the industry as fashion editor on national newspapers and magazines including LOOK, The Sun, and the Daily Mirror. In addition to travelling around the world on shoots, styling books, and appearing as a style expert on TV and radio, Erica has even created her own collections for high street fashion chains.