Mel Meale | Design Director

Mel started Steer Design in 2012 with experience in most commercial sectors including workplace, healthcare, education, heritage, retail & leisure; Mel manages all Steer Design projects and works with the team on each one. Mel’s personal portfolio prior to Steer Design includes Southmead Hospital, BMW Park Lane flagship showroom, B&Q Headquarters, University of London, Academy for Innovation & Research (AIR) to name a few.

In Mel’s first year of work post graduating she remembers:

“I worked with one of the most senior designers in BDP, we were drawing by hand a large design detail for some internal timber cladding and he was encouraging me to work out the finite detail myself. John was patient and keen to let me work this detail out rather than simply solve it himself; I remember thinking – ‘is this one of the last times this will happen in this industry with paper and pen?’ Since then I’ve had graduates ask me what the different colours on CAD mean and I explained in much depth the pen weights and colour assignments – something you learnt naturally while drawing with pen. It was then, in 2014 that I felt I had a precious memory of a fine art and a great designer.”

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Harriet Watkins | Project Designer

Harriet is an experienced project designer with over 15 years in practice. Her experience spans across Workplace, Retail, Leisure, Residential and the Education sectors. Having worked in both large and small architectural and design companies she has run projects of all sizes from conception to completion. Her particular strengths lie in her methodical and detailed approach to design and its implementation. She is a keen swimmer, enjoys walking and being outdoors with her two children, which means that she can indulge in her passion for baking followed by eating the creations.


Liz Kingett | Designer

Liz has over 15 years experience within the construction industry; she has an extensive portfolio of high-end retail projects, education including PFI, healthcare, office including high security, hotel and leisure, hospitality and sustainability projects. Liz is disciplined, creative and commercially aware. " I thrive on the opportunity to work closely with the client, other consultants and create bespoke, creative solutions. With Steer Design I can give a detailed service to clients to make sure they achieve their goals."

Liz lives with her family in the Cotswolds and loves the outdoors. She always has a creative project on the go for herself or with her boys.

Dan Francis | Visualiser

Dan studied in Northampton and has worked as a designer and visualiser for over ten years.  He works on most of Steer Design’s 3D Visualisation using 3D Max but is also proficient in Autocad, Adobe Suite and Interior Design overall.

Dan is a keen team designer and is very methodical; he loves retro music, good food and socialising.