Tom Inns is the Director of the Glasgow School of Art. He studied Engineering at the University of Bristol and Design at the Royal College of Art.
In 1990 he cofounded the Design Research Centre at Brunel University. His PhD explored the impact of design on innovation in small companies. In 2000 he moved to the University of Dundee becoming Head of Design and then Dean at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Between 2005–2010 he was Programme Director for the AHRC/EPSRC funded Designing for the 21st Century Initiative.
Tom has an active interest in how strategic design can apply principles of traditional design to society’s systemic challenges. Over the last 10 years he has facilitated workshops and sandpit style events with organisations across Europe and in the Far East.