Dr Anna Whicher

Head of Design Policy

Anna’s main professional interest is in developing, implementing and evaluating policies using design methods. As Head of Design Policy at PDR, she responsible for developing partnerships, leading networks, conducting research, engaging users, co-creating policies and evaluating impact for governments, innovation agencies, sector councils and trade associations in the UK and across Europe.
Since 2009, she has been managing a portfolio of multi-million pound European, Research Council and Government contracts. For example, from 2009 to 2015, she coordinated the SEE (Sharing Experience Europe) network engaging with government to accelerate the up-take of design in innovation policies and programmes. SEE successfully integrated design into 18 policies and 48 programmes.
In addition, Anna is an elected board member of the Bureau of European Design Associations, a Design Council Expert on Design for Europe and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Public Policy Advisory Group. She has also worked in the UK Parliament, the French Ministry of European Affairs and Siemens in Paris. Anna has completed a PhD benchmarking design for innovation policy.