Joan Ashworth is a director and designer of animated films. She has worked in industry and academe for 28 years, directing commercials, title sequences and short films and conducting research. Until July 2015 she was also Head of the Animation Department at London’s Royal College of Art. Ashworth is currently in production of a film on suffragette and artist, Sylvia Pankhurst. She is also engaged with research into animation and health advising on how animation can be a valuable tool in exploring real world issues.