Bird & Gorton


Who we are & how we work.


Our Approach

Drawing on work with NASA and IDEO, we use Design Thinking mindsets and tools to help clients across sectors - including culture, creative industries, universities, education and government - to understand their users' challenges, imagine new solutions, and build capacity to work collaboratively. We believe that playful approaches can be purposeful, and are committed to designing useful experiences and plans.


Our Team

Hannah (Bird) and Ceri (Gorton) met when they were Clore Fellows in 2014, and have been working together ever since. Bird & Gorton bring together tailored teams of specialists for each project. These include researchers, creative producers, strategists, digital developers, and user experience experts. 

Dr Ceri Gorton (Co-Director)

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Ceri has led Arts and Culture for the city of Oxford including the Museum of Oxford, designed international digital programmes for the British Council, developed national strategy for Arts Council England, and negotiated cultural and educational partnerships in the US, Canada and India. Ceri is a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow, IDEO Creative Impact Fellow, and qualified Leadership Coach. She holds an award-winning literature PhD, and recently led an AHRC-funded research project into digital leadership at the University of Warwick. Ceri serves on the board of dance company Motionhouse and supports the charity Arts Emergency. Ceri is based in Leamington Spa, UK.

Hannah Bird (Co-Director)

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Hannah is a Creative Strategist, Producer and Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow. Much of Hannah’s work is focused on developing collaborative projects between the cultural sector and other disciplines. Hannah is the national movement lead for What Next? She has developed programmes for the Southbank Centre, and University of the Arts. Other high-profile work has included a residency at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, producing the Culture and Climate Change artist residencies with the Open University and University of Sheffield, developing a STEM to STEAM policy and 24hr STEAM Hack for the Cultural Learning Alliance, and leading art and science expeditions in the Arctic and Andes for Cape Farewell. Hannah is based in London, UK.

William Warrener (Associate Researcher)

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Will is an arts and culture researcher, project manager and producer who works with us on most projects. He is in his element when bringing people together to use art, stories and debate to enact positive change. Will has run projects for the Cultural Institute at King’s College London, developed professional opportunities for students within London’s most prestigious cultural organizations, and hosts and facilitates King’s Culture Hacks. Until 2016, Will managed residential courses for international cultural leaders at the Clore Leadership Programme. Will is based in Los Angeles, USA.

Other regular Bird & Gorton team members include Emmie Kell, Alyson Fielding, and Ellen O'Hara.