alex moulton charitable trust - our patrons
The work of the Alex Moulton Charitable Trust is supported by our small group of Patrons.
You can read more about them, and their relationship with the life and works of Alex Moulton, on this page. For any further information, please contact us.
the duchess of westminster
The Duchess of Westminster has a longstanding interest in contemporary art and design and continues to make major contemporary contributions to the Westminster Fine Art collection.
In 1985 the Duchess established Eaton Hall Design Workshops Ltd, of which the late Dr. Alex Moulton and the late Jeremy Fry were directors, to provide a practical base for post-graduate students to develop their ideas to a technically sound and commercially feasible product.
Over many years the Duchess has also led a number of renovation projects of the Grosvenor family homes, substantially remodelling Eaton Hall and being closely involved with a painstaking redesign of its formal gardens and park.
The Duchess is an active supporter of a number of local and national charities, holding various Patronages and Presidencies including that of Patron of the Alex Moulton Charitable Trust.
Andrew Nahum is an experienced curator and author on the history of technology. He has created numerous exhibitions at the Science Museum (where he holds the position of Keeper Emeritus) and, recently, the acclaimed Ferrari: Under the Skin at the Design Museum (2017-2018). His books include Fifty cars that changed the world, (Design Museum/Conran Octopus, 2009, 2017) and Alec Issigonis and the Mini, (Icon Books, 2004). His study Frank Whittle: invention of the jet (Icon Books, 2017) arose, in part, out of his doctoral research at the London School of Economics on the transition of the British aircraft industry in the Second World War to the ensuing to peacetime years.
Andrew first met Alex Moulton over twenty years ago when he began research for his history of Sir Alec Issigonis and his cars and enjoyed many fascinating conversations with Alex on the industrial history and design engineering of those times. They continued to meet from time to time after that and he recalls that ‘Alex always had insightful reflections both on history but always, of course, on contemporary engineering and on his own latest innovations. He never stopped thinking and refining his designs. Imaginative and genuinely original designers like Alex should be the role models for new generations of creative engineers’. Andrew wrote Alex Moulton’s obituary for The Guardian newspaper.
Sebastian Conran was a long-term personal friend of Alex Moulton who mentored and influenced him in mechanical design. He studied Industrial Design Engineering at Central St. Martins; since then he has developed a plethora of consumer products and received many awards & honours for innovation.
An engineer at heart, he is a keen advocate of using design process and creative thinking in resolving all innovation challenges. His approach is both playful and pragmatic, enjoying the thoughtful transformation of Science, Technology and engineering into Experience, Lifestyle and Culture; in effect designing technology to enhance the experience of life.
He is currently CEO of Sebastian Conran Associates Ltd and Consequential Robotics ltd. and has strong links with innovation education; he is Visiting Professor at Bristol Robotic Lab and Designer in Residence at University of Sheffield engineering faculty.