UX Crunch: Leading Design

A London UX meetup about Design Leadership. Learn, connect and grow with the UX community at this social event.
Tuesday, 25th February. 18:00 – 20:45. WeWork Moor Place, 1 Fore Street Avenue, EC2Y 5EJ.

What does it mean to be a Design Leader?

Learning to democratise design, manage resources, time and ultimately, learning to navigate people at all levels, are direct signifiers of a leader at any level.

In this event, we’ll explore the traits which embody a design leader; to understand how they empower teams and foster a community of respect, trust and inspiration. We’ll discuss how these traits enable those they manage to be the best versions of themselves, both in the work they produce and in their ambitions to grow as a designer.

Join us, as we sit down for another fantastic evening of talks and panels, all about what it takes to be a Design Leader!




Ticket only event – IF THE EVENT SAYS SOLD OUT, PLEASE REFRESH YOUR BROWSER AND TRY AGAIN IN 5 MINUTES TIME. If it is still sold out, then please contact us in the field at the bottom of this page for the waiting list.

Please make sure you purchased a ticket to secure your place! Price includes entry to the event, plus drinks (Beers, Wines, Soft Drinks) and Pizza!

Important please note – tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE as we have limited seating and have to purchase the correct amount of drink.


The UX Crunch

The UX Crunch‘ has quickly grown to become Europe’s leading UX event. We are revolutionising the way digital specialists network and improve their knowledge of the field. We host a range of monthly events in collaboration with leading companies in the UK, showcasing case studies and knowledge. Each event is totally different, and collaboration is the key to our success. We are always looking for new partners, so please get in touch for more information on how to get involved.
To find out more about what The UX Crunch is, click here. You can also join our meetup group.

Our Partners

Testing Time

TestingTime AG has been recruiting and supplying selected test users for user tests, interviews, focus groups, diary studies and online surveys since 2014.

There are no professional testers or “study junkies” in Testing Time’s pool. Their members know that they can only take part in tests at a maximum rate of one per month and one per customer. They also validate candidates over the phone and let customers rate test users to guarantee a high-quality panel. That’s why Testing Time’s online portal www.testingtime.comfrequently gets business from the likes of Zalando, Swisscom, Deloitte, UBS, AXA, Trivago and Heineken.

Zebra People

Zebra People are a digital recruitment agency who specialise in building digital product & service design teams. Covering all levels from junior through to director we support best-loved brands, Government organisations, NFP’s, leading agencies and innovative start-ups as they grow their digital capabilities. Committed to developing the industry we work within, Zebra People host training workshops and sponsor events across all of our key specialisms helping our network to learn and develop their skills. We are also very proud of our annual salary survey which provides unique insights by sector, both qualitative and quantitative. Check out www.zebrapeople.com for more information…


The Event

Space for 250. Doors are opening at 6pm, with introductions at 6.20pm and talks beginning at 6.30pm sharp. There is a lot to get through, so we’ll have a tight schedule, so please arrive on time to see the first presentation!

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6.00pm – 6.30pm: Drinks and Networking
6.30pm – 7.30pm: Intro and Talks 1 & 2
7.30pm – 8.00pm: Drinks and Networking
8.00pm – 8.45pm: Talk 3 and Q&A Panel
8.45pm: Leave venue & head to a local bar for continued networking


Talks & Discussion Points

Melanie Yencken – UX Design Lead – Google

Melanie is the UX Lead and Manager of the Google my Business team across London, New York, San Francisco & Zurich. In her past roles she has built and led UX teams globally at Startups, Schibsted and eBay.

In her spare time Melanie is founder and coordinator of LondonTechLadies, a women’s network with 3700+ members. Melanie focuses LondonTechLadies events on soft skill development, striving to develop and inspire women to move up the career ladder and create more gender diversity in the upper levels of management

“My Role as Manager to Drive Inclusive Team Culture.”

Many managers truly want to be invested in building inclusive teams, creating an equitable team culture ensuring they grow and retain diverse talent. However, most do not know exactly how to begin.

In this presentation Melanie will share a toolkit constructed from her own experiences as a manager in the private sector over the last 10 years, working to create diverse, equitable and inclusive team environments, focusing specifically on how to grow and retain diverse talent.

Philip Julian – Global Head of Design and Customer Experience – Schroders

Phillip Julian has led design and customer experience teams in the Asia Pacific, United States, Europe and India, applying research based user centred design at the intersection of digital and physical experiences for Mobile, Retail, Internet of Things and Asset Management.

Phillip has developed and led design teams design teams distributed across multiple countries. Undertaking one of the worlds first build operate transfer programs for user experience design with Vodafone Group Services, Vodafone India and strategic partner Human Factors International.

Phillip is currently Global Head of Design and Customer Experience at Schroders.

“Learning to Lead by Design.”

Designers apply user centred methods to gain research insights into customer needs and wants as a basis for defining products and services that deliver customer and commercial benefit.

Methods that designers use to understand problems, explore and test a range of possible approaches and implement solutions that can be measured and improved are highly applicable to learning to lead at every level.

It is possible to apply design principles to allow yourself, your team and your organisation to learn how to lead at every level. On the journey to leadership, individuals and teams that experiment in order to learn are resilient in supporting diverse ideas and expertise. Through learning and leading at every level, the people with the most knowledge of problems and opportunities innovate in deciding on how to use limited resources to achieve the best possible outcomes. In so doing learning to Lead by Design.

Rory Woods – Head of Design – Primary Bid

Rory is an accomplished creative and design professional with a career spanning advertising, branding and product design… Originally from Australia, he has worked both for agencies and in house, which gives him a multifaceted perspective when it comes to understanding product marketing, commercial strategy, customer centricity and the design landscape.

Currently specialising in digital products, retail services and infrastructure, he is passionate about creating remarkable customer experiences for his clients using a data driven approach to extend creative concepts and thinking.

Rory has worked for some of the world’s leading brands across financial services, retail, healthcare and technology sectors. He has led creative and design teams both large and small, in-house and offshore.

Rory enjoys skiing, travel and food. He’s also an avid reader with a particular fondness for historical fiction and classics.

“You’re Not Your Job – Principles and points of reference for people who lead humans.”

Management and leadership are two very different things. One is a job, the other a vocation.

In order to be effective as a leader you are in essence attempting to elicit common behavioural responses from a wide variety of individual personalities, each with their own nuances… Not everyone is suited to the responsibility. Ultimately, others must be convinced by your qualities if you are to lead. They must see in you a vision of what’s possible. You in turn must capitalise on their willingness to follow so that you can deliver on a promise for your business and clients.

Rory will be speaking about lessons learned he’s learned in the line of duty, including the significance of decision making, empathy vs apathy and why being at the top needs to be lonely.


  1. Jeremy Miller

    19th February 2020 at 11:18 am

    Would it be possible to purchase 5 tickets for the event on Tuesday?

    • Mike

      19th February 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Jeremy, unfortunately the event is sold out! For a waiting list, please contact Mildred@techcircus.co.uk and to get first notification of future events make sure you sign up to our mailing list: http://bit.ly/TechCircus


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