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Hilary Cottam

Hilary is the founder and a principal partner of Participle Participle creates new types of public service that address the big social challenges of our century. Current work includes a new social business to provide social care, a service to combat loneliness, the design of a relationship based youth service and work with families in chronic crisis.

Prior to Participle, Hilary was a Director of the Design Council where she led the pioneering RED unit, developing ‘transformation design’ methods and new thinking on public services. Hilary is also the founding Director of the Do Tank Ltd and School Works Ltd, ranked in 2004 within Britain’s top 100 creative companies. Before this Hilary spent 8 years working internationally, as an urban poverty specialist at the World Bank, based in Washington DC.

In 2006 Hilary was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2005 she was recognised as the UK Designer of the Year for her inspiring approach to public service innovation.

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