Catherine Ritman-Smith

Catherine Ritman-Smith

Head of Learning and Skills

Organisation: Somerset House

Catherine is Head of Learning and Skills at Somerset House, developing creative careers education, supporting collaborations between artists and learners, and overseeing a diverse programme of public cultural learning. From 2009-2018 she was Head of Learning at the Design Museum where responsibilities included overseeing programmes for schools, FE, HE and for children and young people outside of formal learning. She pioneered digital design education, contributed to the development of the museum’s iconic building and established Design Ventura, an award-winning project which has reached over 57,000 learners since 2010. Catherine was Head of Education at Enterprise UK, leading a nation-wide campaign of creative enterprise education from 2006-9. Before this she was Head of Learning at Open-City, the architecture charity. Catherine is a fellow of the RSA and Vice-Chair of the Board for the London Design and Engineering UTC. In 2018 she was awarded a Creative and Cultural Skills Award for Design skills education.