Josie Vallely

Josie Vallely
Job title
Project Manager - Propagate

I am Project Manager on Propagate, a project focused on supporting the use of, and embedding, of the Iriss suite of co-production tools in various contexts. Previously I was an Associate Service Designer for the Pilotlight project at Iriss.

I also work as a freelance artist and designer. My interest in user centred design is routed in my belief that design thinking opens up new solutions that can make a genuine impact on peoples day-to-day lives. The foundation of my practice is in empathy and user insight and I do not believe that services can be developed without the expertise of those who use them. I work regularly with organisations with combined cultural and healthcare interests. My clients and collaborators include The Mental Health Foundation, VOX, Eczema Outreach Scotland, NHS Lothian Speech and Language Therapy Department, Queen Margaret University Occupational Health Research team, and the British Lung Foundation. Building on my interests in long-term conditions and mental health, I recognised the potential of design thinking to be applied to SDS development and am enjoying exploring my learning and delivery in this area.