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Creative arts Staff profiles

Melanie Barron

Teacher of Art and Design

Mel's interest in photography started as she lived abroad from an early age. Experiencing different cultures and landscapes inspired her to become a photographer. Having left France, her native country, she studied at degree level in England, then travelled around the world. 
 
On her return to England, she worked as a freelance photographer in London. Following her move to Oxford, she joined the college to work as a photography technician and teacher. This led her to become Photography Course Leader in Banbury in 2010.

 

Lesley Bimson

Teacher of Art and Design and Creative Media

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Suzy Brown

Faculty Manager, Teacher of Creative Media and Performing Arts 

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Rob Chaplin

Teacher of Performing Arts

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Mark Edwards

Teacher of Creative Media

Mark studied the HND Media Production course at Banbury in the year 2001. Mark has gained experience in music video and documentary production. Mark has been teaching for over ten years, predominantly teaching contextual and film studies. He has a particular passion for script writing in film and television, supporting students in writing and pitching their ideas to production companies.

Steve Gales

Teacher of Creative Media

Steve graduated from the University of the Creative Arts with a BA (HONS) Media Studies. He began working in live television, with experience gained at ITV and Sky Sports. Steve has also worked in football journalism and Marketing.
 
In 2014, Steve gained a place at the National Film & Television School on their Broadcast Diploma course, specialising as a Vision Mixer. Following this, he has worked as a Studio Director for Hochanda shopping channel, as Vision Mixer for NBC America – The Golf Channel and continues to gain live broadcast experience. Steve supports students in all aspects of the creative production process. 
 
 

Adam Goldstein

Work Experience Co-ordinator

Adam is a photography and drama/improvisation teacher for the creative short course programme in Banbury and Oxford. He joined Activate Learning in September 2017.
 
Adam graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in Drama Education. He has also written two books and works for the University of Oxford as the Head Coach of their American Football team. 
 
 

Kathy Johnston

Teacher of Art and Design

After completing her degree at London College of Fashion, specialising in womenswear tailoring, Kathy became a freelance pattern cutter, designer and part-time fashion lecturer. Her work led to various commissions, including pattern cutting for a small Woodstock boutique, making garments to order.  
 
Kathy's teaching career started at our Oxford campus more than 12 years ago, where she taught part-time on the Fashion Level 3 Extended Diploma course and ran the City & Guilds Fashion programme on a Saturday. In 2007, she became the Course Leader for fashion at Banbury and Bicester College.
 
 

Iain Landles

Faculty Director

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Will Lehman

Vocational tutor (Art and Design)

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Pippa Prosser

Teacher of Art and Design

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Joseph Reading

Vocational Tutor (Creative Media)

Joseph graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (HONS) Media Production, specialising in radio and video production. He has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Mentorn Media.
 
Alongside this, Joe has experience in corporate video production and freelance photography work. Joe’s role encompasses supporting students with vocational training across the creative disciplines, with specific interest in audio production and camera operation.
 

 

Wig Sayell

Teacher of Art and Design and HE Co-ordinator

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Navneet Sondh

Faculty Co-ordinator

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Danielle Sterrenburg

Co-ordinator (Creative short courses)

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Steve Stockley

Vocational tutor (Art and Design)

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Stacey Turner

Vocational tutor (Performing Arts, and Art and Design)

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