Chartered Management Institute Diploma
Prince 2 foundation
Middlesex University BA Hons Interior Design (2:1)
Arts Foundation year at Brighton University
3 A’ Levels and 6 O’Levels from Bishopshalt Grammar School, Hillingdon
Leigh Cain Creative Ltd January 2014 to date Director
Concept design for the major exhibition at Royal British Columbia Museum; Gold Rush: British Columbia’s El Dorado
Concept and scheme design for the Natural History Museum, Kuwait. £80m budget, 5 month design time
Lead exhibition designer to convert The Charterhouse, London, into a museum with a £3.5m HLF budget
Designs for the new Design for Living galleries, NMS, Edinburgh
Judge for Design Week Awards 2014 + Marketing Design Awards 2014
Industry Expert for Design Ventura at the Design Museum
Museum of London July 2007 to Dec 2013 Head of Design and Exhibitions
Leigh managed a team of 17 staff; 2d and 3d designers, technicians, photographers, electricians and audio visual technicians through the design of the £22m Galleries of Modern London in 2009 and many temporary exhibitions. These include Jack the Ripper, Michael Caine, Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story, Archaeology in Action, the Lord Mayor’s coach horses, BBC Miss Haversham dresses, and Philanthropy: The City Story at Charterhouse. Galleries include War Plague and Fire and the Sainsbury Study Centre.
Leigh designed two new museum entrance reception desks for London Wall and Docklands and oversaw the design for the new cafés, bar, restaurant and schools lunch rooms using external design teams. This was completed in parallel with the Galleries of Modern London refurbishment, proving a multi faceted role and capacity for a large workload with both in-house and external designers, consultants and contractors.
As Head of Design Leigh was ‘keeper of the brand’, and approved the visual language of all exhibition design and graphic artwork for both internal and external design teams and was very involved with the re-brand.
Leigh understands the museum environment, collaboration required, and inspired and led her team in the daily process of exhibition design, gallery maintenance, 2d and 3d projects, with up to 14 exhibitions annually.
Metaphor December 2006 to July 2007 Lead designer
Leigh was engaged to manage the design team for the Grand Egyptian Museum project in London and Cairo from concept design stage to construction. Working jointly with Cultural Innovations, she was pivotal to the future of the GEM project. Leigh also co-designed The First Emperor Terracotta Army exhibition for the British Museum and managed the team designing 33 new galleries of the Ashmolean Museum, personally specialising in the design and manufacture of the £7m contract of showcases with Meyvaert, Belgium.
Austin-Smith:Lord April 2005 to December 2006 Head of Interior + Museum Design
Leigh created the concept for the new museum within Abu Dhabi’s oldest building at Qasr al Hosn; a 1769 fort built to protect a natural spring. Telling the story of the city and its rise from pearl fishing to oil exports, Leigh made research trips and became immersed in the fascinating history. Site also includes a Cultural Foundation building with library and arts centre.
Shrewsbury Museum – Moving the collection of local artefacts from the existing museum into the centrally located music hall that is set on historical foundations. New build required and excavation and exposure of Medieval and Tudor and building remains.
Prospect – £1m fit out for new build offices in Waterloo for the trade union.
Folkestone Dental Surgery – £1m design and fit out for 15 new surgeries
SCI – design and refurbishment of Grade I listed building in Belgrave Square
Back Berry Studios – Contemporary design and fit out of offices in Liverpool
1983 to April 2005 John Csaky Associates, The Projects Team, Lewis & Hickey, McColl Ltd, Tilney Pike Shane, Fitch & Co. Clients include;
Exhibitions, Museums, Cultural, Visitor Attractions
Action Stations! Royal Navy Portsmouth
Asian Games opening + closing ceremonies, Doha
Cats…the ultimate experience, exhibition NMS
Communications Gallery, MSIM
Earth Centre, Rotherham
Expo ’90; British Pavilion in Seville
G8 Summit, Gleneagles, Scotland
Hail Pavilion, Al Janadriyah, Riyadh
McLaren Brand Centre, UK
Motorola – Innovations Centre, Chicago and Motofunktour ’05, UK + Europe
Plymouth Mayflower (£2m)
Retail, Transport, Offices
Amey Group (£750,000)
BP Sunbury, Stockley Park, Research + Engineering
Coca Cola Schweppes Beverages
FCUK offices (£650,000) and in-store at Harrods
Heathrow Terminal 4 –5 restaurants, 3 bars, 2 Tax + Duty shops
Hertfordshire County Council
London Underground Ltd – Project leader for the LUL Design guidelines with DEGW
Lloyds Bank – New concept banking for Basingstoke branch, pub. Design Week
Marks & Spencer plc
Meadowhall Shopping Centre
Ocean Estates, Marbella
Piper Building, Wandsworth (£260,000)
Star Alliance (£550,000)
Virgin Lounge, Euston Station
Leigh has worked around the world in Canada, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Spain, India, Ireland, Belgium and Italy for both large and small established private sector design groups, and larger public sector museums.
Interests include design, fine art, visiting exhibitions, architecture, film, novel writing, photography, dance, sailing, surfing, travel. Leigh also plays the drums.