Sean Blair

Entrepreneur, Designer, Participative Leader and Facilitator

Since establishing his first business in 1989, after graduating with a first class honours degree, Sean has founded six organisations and spent four years working in the public sector.

He has also served on the boards of a charity, an NDPB and local and central government projects.

In addition to his current interests, Sean is a lecturer on design, service design and business. He teaches part time on the MBA at UCA.

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1985 - 1989: Student BA (hons) Design For Industry
Sean Blair - Student 1989
1989: Founder Octo Design
Sean Blair Octo Design
Octo Design
Sean was the
Young Entrepreneur of the year in 199o for establishing an award winning industrial design consultancy.

1995 - 2000: Design Director, Design Coucil
Sean Blair Design Council
Design Council
After serving on the board of the Design Council, Sean was invited to become the Design Council's first Design Director.
2000: Co-founder, Nowhere Group
Sean Blait Nowhere Group
Nowhere Group
Sean's interest in organisational design and innovation led him co found the Nowhere Group of businesses.
2003: Co-founder, Spirit of Creation
Sean Blair SoC
Spirit of Creation
Sean was one of the early adopters of Service Design in the UK.

Service Design Network
Sean was instrumental in founding the global
Service Design Network.
2006: Founder, ProMeet
Sean Blair ProMeet
Sean used his interest in service design to establish a company to help people become more
participative leaders, and use meetings at work as the time and place that leadership lives.

He applied these ideas and now facilitates complex meetings and strategy projects.
2007: Founder, AudioFuel
Sean Blair AudioFuel
Sean founded AudioFuel, an online sport and music business.

AudioFuel compose music for running and sells training programmes to runners all over the world from its
online shop and iTunes.
Non Executive Appointments

1994: Small Business Foresight Panel
1994: Design Council Board
1996: Business Link Accreditation Advisory Board
2001: Honorary fellow in Enterprise: Durham University
2002: RSA Council
2002: Creative London Commission
2004: Trustee RSA
Outside work
Sean Blair AudioFuel
Sean is a climber, runner and triathlete.

His most memorable climb was two days on the
Northwest face of Half Dome in Yosemite Valley.

His half marathon personal best (PB) is 1:40:08, and he ran 3:43:32 in the Berlin Marathon.

His triathlon PB's are 1:31:32 at the sprint distance, 2:43:38 at the Olympic distance and 5:59:23 at the 70.3 Ironman distance.

Sean has a son, Bob aged 10.