What are we all about?

Our culture is the beating heart of 4c. We love what we do and are fuelled by challenges and opportunities to tell stories, create unique designs and solve complex engineering problems. Our vision is clear and simple – to transform ideas into valuable solutions.

4c’s explosive and highly effective approach to problem solving is underpinned by our people – a close knit team of highly motivated, enthusiastic and talented engineers, industrial designers and model-makers. Together, we’ve created unique working facilities and a bank of experience that enable us to rapidly iterate and deliver award-winning product designs and engineering outcomes.

4c Team

> Robin Smith

Managing Director

Robin Smith

MEng CEng MIMechE

Robin is both a mechanical engineer and design innovation specialist. His forte is delivering practical solutions to engineering problems using a hands-on, no-nonsense approach.

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Robin’s LinkedIn

Twitter @4cRobin

> Will Mitchell

Design Director

Will Mitchell

BA (Hons)

From medical devices, television props and liferafts, Will has worked on over 500 product design projects since graduating from Glasgow’s School of Art. His key areas of focus are always aesthetics and functionality.

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Will’s LinkedIn

> Valerie Webb

Business Manager

Valerie Webb


For a number of years up to 2009 managed the administration and financial divisions of two privately owned companies both with an annual multi million pound turnover. In conjunction with this, in Valerie 2000 saw an opportunity to set up her own company to take advantage of the residential and commercial property market. In 2008 Valerie fine-tuned the company portfolio and this company remains at a manageable and profitable level. In 2009 Valerie took a sabbatical to participate in a 2 Year Part Time Course for a BA in Management Degree.

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Quietly Ambitious

Email Valerie

> Ewan Macpherson

Aberdeen Associate Director

Ewan Macpherson

BSc, MBA, CEng, MICE, Eur. Ing., MCIM, Cert.Dip.AF

Ewan specialises in helping high-technology businesses and engineering companies with innovation, investor readiness, technology commercialisation and funding. In a career spanning nearly 4 decades, Ewan is a key consultant in our systematic approach to innovation.

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Ewan’s LinkedIn

> Dr. Susie Ranford

Operations Director

Dr. Susie Ranford

PhD MPhys

Susie has worked in technology innovation since graduating as a theoretical and computational physicist. She specialises in technology and market foresighting, project scoping and business development for early-stage companies.

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> John Ritchie

Mechanical Engineer

John Ritchie

MEng CEng MIMechE

As our senior mechanical engineer John is an expert in 3D CAD modelling, John has demonstrated his prowess by becoming a SolidWorks Certified Professional. With experience as both a design and manufacturing engineer, he thrives on finding creative solutions.

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John’s LinkedIn

> Dougal Deans

Product Design Engineer

Dougal Deans


Dougal has experience both as an entrepreneur and as a practising design engineer: from converting creative ideas into working prototypes to solving engineering problems via CAD. He delivers design solutions fulfilling clients’ and end-users’ needs. Complementing this, he has excellent commercial awareness and an impressive bank of industry connections.

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> Mark Penver

Industrial Designer

Mark Penver

BA (Hons)

Mark is a destroyer of blank A3 paper with his weapon of choice – BIC Biro and is talented young industrial designer carrying a wide set of skills that cover areas of design such as; product design, user experience and graphics. He often enters projects creating an excitement with concepts and ideas.

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Mark’s LinkedIn Website Twitter @mpenver

> Tom Harris

Workshop Manager & Modelmaker

Tom Harris

BA (Hons)

With global (yes, global!) experience as a model maker, Tom’s ability to understand and represent the mechanical and design issues of a project inevitably lead to quicker and more efficient solutions. He combines a degree in model making with over a decade of practical workshop experience. Tom is particularly skilled in PLC Logic, Laser Cutting and CAD CAM machining and welding.

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Tom’s LinkedIn



Blog Have a little look at what we’ve been up to and our thoughts view our blog.

Careers at 4c Design

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Client Interviews



18 Aug: Is poor awareness of R&D tax relief restricting British engineering innovation? https://t.co/1lJZzSf81Y

18 Aug: Public health challenges could be addressed by 'design thinking’ according to the Design Council. https://t.co/6LlZtqPyyJ

16 Aug: Our latest blog post - Accelerating Innovation (Part 1): From the WHY to the HOW - 4c Design https://t.co/9Ow5e9VLDX

16 Aug: Why You Shouldn't Overlook Unsexy Innovation https://t.co/I82uqNeq1O

16 Aug: How One Insurance Firm Learned to Create an Innovation Culture - well worth a read via HBR. https://t.co/RY52wYYKFt



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4c Engineering

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Design Hub

We have surrounded ourselves with creative professionals in a place we call the Design Hub.