The Team

Oliver Heath

Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in the field of sustainable architectural and interior design. With strong media and presentation skills, he has presented television programmes since 1998 working for numerous channels including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and Norway’s TV2, most recently for the BBC’s DIY SOS where his show was BAFTA nominated.

As a qualified Domestic Energy and Green Deal assessor he frequently acts as a media spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Saving Trust and the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

His extensive media experience means that he is regularly asked to host seminars, events and awards ceremonies including the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, The Pea Awards, the KB awards.
He is a regular speaker at Ecobuild, Grand Designs, Education Estates and Facility Management conferences, and vets the retail Eco Trail and London’s Top Draw and Pulse trade shows.

He is a trusted voice of authority in interior design having written 3 books – his last urban Eco Chic (Quadrille) selling over 30,000 copies in 8 languages. He is also a frequent contributor for the likes of The Guardian, The Sunday Times, House Beautiful and BD Online.

Eren McEwen

Designer

Eren has been with Oliver Heath Design since 2016, she graduated with a First Class Honours in Interior Architecture from the University of Brighton. Since leaving university she has enjoyed pursuing both the academic and practical sides of architecture and design.

She presented her dissertation on Liminal Spaces within Cities at the Space and Place conference 2015 at Oxford University. The paper explored themes of community growth, the importance of green spaces and resilient design within ‘in between’ spaces in the urban environment.

Throughout her practical design work Eren attempts to maintain a human centred approach to her projects – with a focus on the influence that design decisions can have on mood and atmosphere. She has experience of completing projects within the retail, residential, educational and hospitality sectors.

Susannah Machin

Designer

Susannah joined Oliver Heath Design in 2017, having relocated from London.

She is an experienced interior designer with a First Class Product and Furniture Design degree from Kingston University and was invited to exhibit her furniture at the D&AD New Blood Exhibition.

On completion of her degree, she decided to pursue a career in interior design working on both private and commercial projects. After many years in the design industry she became a full member of the British Institute of Interior Design in June 2015.

Susannah has a proven track record in consistently delivering creative and original schemes, with a focus on commercial design which prioritises human wellbeing. At the heart of her work is a strong belief that interior design can enhance our everyday experience.

As a self-confessed Thalassophile, she will often be found swimming in the sea even in winter!

Victoria Jackson

Researcher

BA Hons Fine Art (1st Class), PGCert Creative Arts Education, MA Sustainable Design (Distinction), HEA Fellow

Victoria is a Sustainable Design Consultant, Researcher and Educator. Her passion for improving well-being whilst creating more sustainable ways of living has led her to becoming a Biophilic Design Researcher and Design Consultant at Oliver Heath Design.

Her creative practice began as a Fine Artist exhibiting internationally whilst working as a Rosetta Life Artist-in-Residence creating life stories projects with people with life-limiting illnesses. Then whilst curating and film-making at The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden she began to appreciate the profound effect of experiencing art and nature simultaneously.

This led Victoria to train as a Permaculture Designer, where the importance of ecological literacy in the built environment became apparent and led her to undertake an MA in Sustainable Design. During this time Victoria co-founded the Brighton Repair Café (in 2012) as part of her research into Ecological Literacy and the Circular Economy. This research was published by the CIWM and DEFRA.

An experienced lecturer and workshop facilitator Victoria has regularly taught at University for the Creative Arts, the University of Brighton and in the private and third sector over the last decade.

Eden Goode

Researcher

Eden graduated from the University of Sussex in 2016 with a BSC in Psychology, specialising in social behaviour, and has since joined the research team at OHD. Findings from her dissertation have been published in educational magazine ‘Psychological Review,’ and have been presented both at the University of Sussex and at the leading European conferences in social psychology, in Spain and Edinburgh.

Her background and interest in what makes us feel and act the way we do helps to inform her research into the psychological and physiological benefits of Biophilic Design, and subsequent writing around the subject. Eden has worked alongside Oliver, Victoria and Interface to produce the in-progress ‘Creating Positive Spaces’ design guide series.

Kirsty Parker

Project Management

Kirsty has been working in the in the design industry since the 1990’s. Her studies in interior design fostering a considered & sustainable approach to design. This has led to an ongoing association with Oliver Heath Design where as a researcher & specifier she has had an involvement with a myriad of projects from concept to completion.

Never one to shy away from being hands on with projects, Kirsty is focussed on specifying the best products and materials – ensuring projects are brought in on time and in budget.

Having relocated from Lancashire to Brighton, Kirsty is equally at home on the muddy slopes of the South Downs pursuing her passion for running. Joining a local running club has re-ignited the pleasure gained as child when she raced for county & country. Good food & travel and a spot of nature will always continue to inspire.