Contact Matthew Collins

Areas of expertise


More than 25 years of design and innovation experience in industry, across a wide range of sectors, from transport and aerospace to consumer products and medical devices.

After graduating from Coventry University's world famous transport design course in 1993 he spent 6 years working for design consultancies, in the UK and Europe, developing road, rail and aerospace concepts and solutions.

From 1999-2015 he successfully owned and operated his own design consultancy before choosing to join Cranfield, after obtaining his PhD there in 2015. During this period, he worked with many leading UK and overseas organisations, some of which are listed below, delivering unique and often breakthrough innovations. In addition, he co-invented the Gtech cordless floor sweeper, which went on to become a world-wide best seller, and more recently invented the highly successful PWB600 workbench which is currently licenced to, and sold by, Robert Bosch GmbH throughout Europe.  

Current activities

Dr. Matt Collins is a Lecturer in Breakthrough Innovation within the Cranfield Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D).

Specialist Areas are breakthrough Innovation and the creation of systematic processes and tools that can be used to generate breakthrough innovations for organisations; building upon more than 25 years of design and innovation experience, across a wide range of sectors, from transport and aerospace to consumer products and medical devices.

Currently leading the development of an all-new ‘Breakthrough Innovation Lab’, at Cranfield, which will provide a cross-disciplinary environment, to fuse cutting edge research with advanced manufacturing technologies, to deliver breakthrough innovations for the university and its industrial partners.


  • Airbus
  • DSTL
  • Fagor Brandt
  • GE
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Gtech
  • Iveco
  • JCB
  • Nederlandse Spoorwegen
  • Plaxton
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Recaro
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Ryobi
  • Sagentia
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Smiths Industries
  • Unilever
  • Vax
  • Visteon


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Anastasopoulou A, Kolios A, Somorin T, Sowale A, Jiang Y, Fidalgo B, Parker A, Williams L, Collins M, McAdam EJ & Tyrrel S (2018) Probabilistic life cycle assessment of the nano membrane toilet. In: ICWERS 2018: 20th International Conference on Waste-to-Energy Technologies and Sustainability, Rome, 5-6 March 2018.