With a career spanning over three decades I have held senior academic and administrative posts leading some of the foremost art, design and media faculties in UK universities.
Most recently, as interim Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, I led the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, the largest of its kind in the UK, and was a member of the executive board at Birmingham City University. The faculty comprises the School of Architecture, the Institutes of Creative Arts, Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles, Media and English and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
I have held other senior roles at University of the Arts London, Kingston University, University of Brighton, and Ravensbourne University London.
As Professor of Illustration, I have lectured and delivered keynote presentations in over 25 countries and have worked as an academic advisor at numerous institutions internationally.
I am the author of nine published books on graphic arts, including Fifty Years of Illustration, Ladybird by Design, The Fundamentals of Illustration and Digital Illustration and have contributed to publications that include Computer Arts, Creative Review and Varoom.
My design and illustration clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design studios and advertising agencies. My awards include D&AD pencils and The Drum 'Design Champion'.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, I am trustee for the De Le Warr Pavilion and the Creative Conscience Awards and a former trustee of D&AD and the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA). I have twice been appointed to the Exec Board of ico-D (formerly icograda).