A bit more about me

I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire, England, where I won the best research project award, presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in 2005. 

I started my career as a design engineer and compiled manuals for machinery in the food sector. Since then I’ve spent a large part of my professional life conducting research on environmentally responsible technologies at Ford Motor Company. I am a co-inventor of a patented thermal system at Ford. A recent spell at The Dearman Engine Company (Now Clean Cold Power UK) saw me lead a team on a UK government project to develop a cryogenic engine for hybrid buses.

I lived in New Zealand for a while where I got straight into designing an innovative fumigant recapture system for use at the Port of Tauranga.  Whilst in NZ I also became Technical Director for Locus Research, a leading edge product development company.

Additionally, I am uniquely experienced with a broader worldview, having co-founded a UK social enterprise supporting NGO’s in developing countries to deliver education programs. My contribution to the UK social enterprise space was recognised with an invited Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, as well as membership of Co-operatives London. 

Founding a social enterprise in 2012 is where I cut my marketing teeth. I learnt from the best strategists and tacticians.  My outputs included all marketing blurbs, blogs, voice-over script for motion graphics and website build and SEO. As the founder, I was also responsible for writing and compiling our technical documentation for suppliers, product packaging and product usage instructions. I was able to secure big media wins through my writing with the likes of The Guardian Newspaper, Women’s Health magazine and the PR giant Ogilvy & Mather. 

If you’ve read this far, the crux is this: Through my varied professional life, Studio Koje is able to work in the ‘think tank’, ‘strategic’ or ‘big picture’ realm then translate that into hands-on tactical delivery across a wide spectrum of outputs (from technical to marketing to finance). It’s the type of ‘unicorn’ activity which is hard to come by. Get in touch to see if I can help you innovate.


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