Team expertise


Touchable Universe was formed by four renowned experts in the fields of 3D design, coding, experience-led design and business management.

Alex Shaw

Alex is a pioneer in coding for touch and leads our programming team. He was an early adopter of Android software and has class-leading expertise in incorporation of features like dance, speech and sculpting into technology.

Ann Marie Shillito

Ann Marie is known internationally as  a designer maker and an expert in the use of digital technologies (CAD, 3D modelling, laser cutting, 3D printing) to create jewelry and other objects. She originated Anarkik3D Design (a haptic 3D modelling package and winner of the 3DPrintShow’s 2013 Global Award for Best Consumer Software). Prior to that, she was a research fellow at Edinburgh College of Art.  She has written one of the go-to books on 3D technologies for designer makers. Ann Marie is one of our creative inspirers and leads on development of Cloud 9, the software behind Anarkik3D Design.

Sean McDougall

Sean is an award-winning pioneer in the field of experience-led design. He first came to prominence while leading a team at the Design Council, developing more effective and inclusive approaches to education. He subsequently set up his own company advising healthcare start-ups, local authorities and global technology firms on all aspects of innovation. Before joining Touchable Universe, he was a member of the team that developed the first internet of things platform for the schools sector. He leads on our work in education, health and inclusion.

Stephen Westwood

Stephen has a wealth of experience in all aspects of corporate management, having served as CEO or Chair of over a dozen companies. Having trained at PwC, his recent experience includes healthcare, engineering and companies offering virtual training. As our commercial lead, Stephen is responsible for building the business.