Hilary Cottam is an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur.  Hilary was named as UK Designer of the Year in 2005 and designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Based in the UK since 1998 Hilary has been developing systemic solutions to some of the most intractable social issues of our time.  Current and past projects include a re-design of the prison system, work on ageing, young people and families in chronic crisis.

In 2007 Hilary founded Participle where she works full time as a Principle Partner. Participle builds on earlier work and a participative methodology to develop new, sustainable models for a 21st century welfare state.