Meet the Designers: Mike Kildare, Team Leader
21st September 2017, 12:24pm
Today we are happy to introduce Mike Kildare, our Product Design Team Leader!
What attracted you to a career in Design?
From an early age, I’ve always been interested in ‘how things work’, and would regularly take things apart (and in rare cases, manage to reassemble them). I enjoyed woodwork and metalwork at school, but it was Design & Technology that crystalised my ambition to enter the world of Industrial Design…..and over 35 years later, I’m still very hapy with my choice!
What does your role entail?
To design products that ‘meet the brief’, functionally, aesthetically and commercially. As team leader, I also oversee the product design team, and work closely with sales, production and purchasing to ensure best practice is being observed.
Which products have you recently worked on?
This year has seen the introduction of our hotly anticipated Volume storage range. I have also launched a full range of height adjustable desks, and several products for our Education division.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Seeing the products I’ve designed being manufactured in quantity in our factories is immensely rewarding.
Can you give us a fact about yourself that people may not know?
I am interested in post-war classic (and not so classic) British film, radio and TV. I have over 300 books, and an ‘archive’ running into 1000’s of of hours on cassette, VHS and DVD.
Complete the sentence: outside of work, I can most often be found….
.... but soon get lost again!