In the News

Hilary Cottam has been interviewed regularly by the mainstream press and been featured as a commentator on the Today Programme, Newsnight, Woman’s Hour, PM, Breakfast TV and Talk Sport.

In 2004 the Observer chose Hilary as a ‘Policy Guru’, one of 80 Britons who would “define the country’s culture, politics and economics for a generation.”  In 2009 Fast Company in the US referred to her as a ‘design guru’.

Here are some recent press articles:

2010 Participle’s ageing work seen as best design of the decade in the New York Times

2009 Participle’s work on loneliness and ageing in the Guardian

2009  How to cut spending without being cruel, Participle’s work in the Times

2009 Business Week champions Hilary’s speech at Davos

2008 Hilary in Fast Company

2008 Hilary’s Davos speech in the International Herald Tribune

Newsnight: The Best Public Services in the World
Wednesday 13 September Radio 4Today Programme:

What are MPs for?
July 20 2006-10-03

Unlocking their creativity
Public Magazine
Joanna Clarke-Jones
Tuesday May 30 2006

Reform need not mean privatisation if public services are localised
The Guardian
Jonathan Freedland
Wednesday May 17 2006

Go back to school – in jail, 
The Times
Camilla Cavendish
Thursday March 23 2006

Inside creative media: Profile: Award winner has designs on life 
The Guardian – Inside Media Supplement
Clare Goff
Monday January 23 2006

MacArthur leads seven to shape the nation, 
The Times
Gary Duncan
Monday January 9 2006

Politics of the drawing board
Geraldine Bedell
Sunday November 27 2005

Failed by his friends; When New Labour asked Lord Rogers to plan our cities’ future, his report was shelved. Now he has published a new set of findings. But where is the will to match his vision?
The Evening Standard
Jonathan Freedland
Thursday November 24 2005

‘Absolutely no set meal times’
Society Guardian
Hilary Cottam
Wednesday July 20, 2005

Design your own revolution
Charles Leadbeater
Sunday June 19 2005

Radical vision is secret of inspired solutions 
The Times
Anna Konig
Tuesday June 14 2005

Design award row engulfs ‘super school’
Deyan Sudjic
Sunday June 12 2005

Design award winner no shaper of ‘things’
The Guardian
Richard Jinman
Friday June 10 2005

Top marks for school designer 
The Evening Standard
June 10, 2005

Socially connected
Society Guardian
Alison Benjamin
Wednesday May 25 2005

The blue sky issue: the brains brigade; can’t come up with any inspired notions of your own? Don’t fret – 
The Independent
Ed Caesar
Monday April 4, 2005

The Times Higher Education Supplement 
Raphael Salkie
March 18 2005

Dead end at the Design Museum 
The Evening Standard
Marcus Fairs
March 8 2005

Public services on RED alert
Society Guardian
David Brindle
Wednesday November 17 2004

Please miss, can I have a detention?
Arts Guardian
Jonathan Glancey
Monday July 19 2004

The bright stuff
Robert Colvile
Sunday June 27 2004

On the verge
Lucy Siegle
Sunday May 18 2003

Ministers have new designs on classroom furniture 
Financial Times 
Jim Kelly
Friday February 28 2003

Designers unleash radical rethink of school furniture
Education Guardian
Martin Wainwright
Friday February 28 2003

Just Move On Up (2020 VISION: PART THREE)
The Times Educational Supplement
Harvey McGavin
January 31, 2003

Focus Head transforms ‘Blackboard Jungle’ into exam success; model school for the 21st century 
Julia Hartley Brewer
Sunday Express 
December 22 2002

Schools Fitted For Heroes 
The Times Educational Supplement
Hilary Cottam
November 29 2002

In the nick of time
The Guardian
Hilary Cottam
Wednesday July 17 2002

More big brother ‘than porridge’ – Welcome to the 21st-century prison 
Independent on Sunday
Robert Booth
Sunday July 14 2002

Bedrooms to replace cells in Big Brother-style jails
Geraldine Bedell
Sunday July 14 2002

The new breed of policy wonk is a doer and a thinker 
Sunday Times
Ed Vaizey
Sunday July 14 2002

Better buildings, better schooling 
The Daily Telegraph 
Hilary Cottam
Wednesday June 13 2001

I think we should do…
Education Guardian
Jonathan Freedland
Wednesday April 18, 2001

Space rage 
Education Guardian
Gary Younge
Tuesday January 9, 2001

Time to spend a penny (or 2)
Education Guardian
John Carvel
Tuesday November 23 1999