Dr Joanne Tippett (Director)

Joanne is a lecturer in Spatial Planning at the University of Manchester, based in the  School of Environment, Education and Development. She is a member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (MIEnvSc) and has Chartered Environmentalist status. She holds a PhD in ecological planning from The University of Manchester.

Joanne has undertaken a wide variety of community planning projects (across the UK and overseas). These have ranged in scale from a school of 5 hectares, to a rural development centre of 150 hectares, to an urbanised river valley covering over 5,000 hectares. She has wealth of experience in designing and delivering training courses, and has lectured in ecological design and strategic planning for sustainability in the UK, Germany, Australia, the USA, Lesotho and South Africa - including workshops for Milliken Industrials, Robert Mondavi Winery, Hewlett Packard, CIWEM and the Environment Agency.

Joanne is the lead inventor of Ketso. She is responsible for research and development, development and testing of workshop 'thinkingware' and overall company management.

Dr William Tippett (March 1, 1944 - Sept. 25, 2014)

Until his retirement in 2004, Bill was Director of Development at Milliken Carpet Europe. His career spanned many aspects of technology and marketing within textiles, in both the UK and USA. He led the Milliken initiative on life cycle analysis and environmental management.

He then acted as a consultant on bringing sustainable development into the built environment, for organisations including the Building Research Establishment and the European Carpet and Rug Association. He is currently Chairman of Carpet Recycling UK, and was formerly a Director of Spruce Carpets, a charity dedicated to the socially responsible reuse of carpets.

Bill was key to Ketso's development, in particular the design of the kit, materials innovation, operations and marketing. We miss him.