Maureen Thurston

Global Design to Innovate

Maureen Thurston has an unusual career trajectory for an Industrial Designer. In her 30-plus year career, Ms Thurston has brought design principles to business strategy, leading a major rethinking of consultancy services to be “design led.” After transforming Deloitte Australia into a bold innovator, she joined the Aurecon consulting company, where she now serves as Global Design to Innovate Director.

In this role she aims to liberate creativity and cultivate change throughout the company. Ms Thurston is also the Chair of Good Design Australia, which fosters a national design culture and makes design accessible to everyone. She is also an author and educator, teaching design at University of Technology, Sydney.

“Design thinkers spend a lot of time up front doing problem finding before they get to problem solving.”