I am a graphic designer and lecturer with specialisms in branding, marketing and information design.
I studied at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and Falmouth School of Art and Design, before pursuing a postgraduate degree studying in Holland, Majorca and Middlesex University.
From 15 I worked as a freelance illustrator for a string of Computer Magazines including Your Computer, C&VG, Crash! and most notably on a retainer for Your Sinclair, commuting to London from the Midlands on a monthly basis.
I have maintained a freelance design practice to this day, but was first employed by the BBC Graphic Design department where I worked both on staff and in a freelance capacity for several years. I moved to ITV, initially working on the breakfast TV channel GMTV.
My next position was as a broadcast designer for Carlton Television, then the ITV network for London. Working on branding, promotions, marketing and commercials, I stayed with the organisation for ten years, with nearly half of that spent as Head of Broadcast Design, managing a team of designers and directors. I produced and directed many high profile campaigns, supervised branding for the Carlton group of channels (covering London, The Midlands, Westcountry and Wales) and also directed several TV shows including a weekly music show airing nationally.
When Carlton Televisions’s group of channels merged with those of Granada to create the current incarnation of ITV, I transitioned into the university sector.
Initially teaching at London South Bank University, I became the Course Director of BSc. Special Effects Design, a failing course which we re-wrote from scratch in collaboration with the Special Effects and Post Production community. Dozens of the graduates from the new course are pursuing successful careers in Special Effects, Visual Effects and Post Production.
In 2007 I was invited by the former Head of St. Martin’s College Professor Margaret Buck OBE to help establish a Graphic Design and Multimedia Degree course at the University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. I was the de facto Course Leader for several years, combining that with teaching on other art and design courses at the University.
Back in the UK I began teaching at UWL, initially on the BA Graphic Design course, but more frequently on a range of modules for the London College of Music and the London School of Film, Media and Design.