Hilary Cottam is the Founder and Principle Partner of Participle, a social enterprise designing the next generation of public services with practical, affordable solutions that address big social challenges resulting from changing demographics, new lifestyles and global resource constraints. Recent work includes national-scaling enterprises serving older people, families in chronic crisis, and innovation work on unemployment and chronic disease. Other award-winning work includes a radical rethink of the prison system and a new approach to designing schools for the 21st century. Cottam was named UK Designer of the Year in 2005 in recognition for her work on welfare reform. She was previously Director of RED at the UK Design Council and a Founding Director of Do Tank and School Works. She also worked for the World Bank. Cottam holds a PhD in Social Sciences and was educated at Oxford, Sussex and the Open University.