Ellis began his career as a product designer, from which he moved quickly into senior management and company leadership positions. Over the last 25 years he has drawn on this experience in his work across numerous sectors in the UK to deliver accelerated and breakthrough business and organisational performance using design and innovation methodologies.

Amongst Ellis’ clients are UK manufacturers, retailers, service companies and education including Lakeland, Richard Burbidge, Paperchase, Episode, Aberystwyth and Lancaster universities. Further afield, Ellis has worked with Eastern European manufacturers.

His experience of working with Design Council clients is broad and includes White Logistics, QFC, Balance Accountants and Jesmonite. Projects he led with two recent clients have resulted in gold and silver awards respectively in the Design Business Association’s ‘Design Effectiveness Awards’.

Ellis currently holds a Board position as special adviser to a rapidly-growing technology company.