Jeremy Myerson is the first-ever holder of the Helen Hamlyn chair of design, with a remit to encourage 'design that improves quality of life'. An academic, author and activist in design for more than 35 years, he began his working life as a journalist and was founder-editor of Design Week in 1986. He co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in 1999, and his research interests focus on the role of design in social, demographic and technological change. He was director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design from 1999 to October 2015.
A graduate of the RCA, Jeremy Myerson is the author of many books, chapters, papers and articles on people-centred and inclusive design. He is also director of the WORKTECH Academy and a visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing and sits on the advisory boards of design institutes in Hong Kong, Switzerland and Korea.