Ed Watson

Modern Elder, 
Designerly Activist & 
Associate Lecturer

I design and facilitate workshops to unleash untapped creativity and the power to solve difficult challenges with teams using collaborative, multi-skilled and human/life-centric techniques. I also teach and coach these techniques.

I regularly run short introductory Design Thinking Experience sessions which demonstrate the power of these techniques.

I have taught optional Design Thinking for Social Good modules at the University of Warwick for both Undergraduate and Masters students.

I usually mix Design Thinking and Lean Startup techniques along with other tried and tested tools. 

At Accenture I designed and facilitated workshops for executive & senior teams to address significant business challenges. I also delivered the 3 day Design Thinking course in the UK and across Europe.

I enjoy refreshing my approach to reflect new ways of working, new organisational structures and changing workforce expectations. As a Modern Elder, I continuously support and encourage others to learn and use these new techniques.

I work with my local community to foster more democratic dialogue.

While at Accenture I led a global rollout of Lean Experimentation methods and a number of seed teams and throughout my career, I have delivered many successful business and organisational change transformation projects. Continuous improvement, mentoring and training have always been a priority for me.

Key Skills

  • Design Thinking facilitation
  • Design Thinking workshop design
  • Design Thinking mentoring and coaching
  • Lean Startup transformation leadership
  • Design and Implementation of transformational business & organisation change
  • Quality Reviews of change programmes
  • Facilitation Training
  • Design Thinking Experiences /  Talks
  • Organisation Operating Model Design & Implementation

Notable Previous Experience


Modern Elder, Design Thinking Facilitator & Lean Startup Transformation Lead

Mobility Risk and Delivery Management process and reporting

CMT UKI Sales & Operations Manager, CSG QA Lead, CRM Program Lead

Accenture EMC Consulting Unit Senior Manager, Information Transformation Manager


Information Management Professional Services Consultant

QA Training

Client/Server Principal Consultant


Course Manager and Instructor


Senior Software Developer


Storage Specialist 


Storage Systems Programmer


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