UX Design Institute
Leadership team

UX Design

Leadership team

Our leadership team contains a mix of UX, EdTech and business expertise.

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Colman Walsh

Founder and CEO


Colman Walsh started working as a UX designer in San Francisco in 1999. He founded UXTraining.com in 2013, a specialist provider of user experience training, delivering classroom-based training programs in cities and corporations across Europe and North America. In 2017, he established the UX Design Institute, which has a broader remit to become the global leader in UX education and certification.

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Hugh O’Byrne



Hugh has more than 20 years experience building, scaling and managing pan-European sales and marketing organisations within the technology industry. From 2002 to 2016 he ran and scaled IBM's largest digital sales center globally, with over 800 employees. He brings a wealth of experience in inside sales, digital sales, and digital business models.

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Melanie Polkosky

Non-executive Director


Melanie Polkosky has over 20 years experience in UX research and design. A cognitive psychologist (PhD), Melanie has worked as a UX consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies around the world. She is a renowned advocate for gender diversity and in 2015 wrote a book titled, "Uncovering Truffles: The Scarcity and Value of Women in STEM". Melanie is currently Senior VP of Customer Experience for an AI startup.

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Tim Bicknell

Non-Executive Director


Tim has over 25 years of experience in developing and running digital and omni-channel businesses. He brings strong expertise in strategy, business planning, change management, CRM and analytics, digital transformation, and talent management. Most recently he served as General Manager for RaboDirect in Ireland from 2012 to 2018.